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Keep families connected anywhere

Did you know there are over 70 million grandparents in the U.S., and each year 1.7 million people become grandparents? That’s me this year! Nearly half of those grandparents live more than 200 miles away from their grandchildren. Although that’s not the case for us yet, we do hope to move to a little seaside town someday, and we’re already thinking about what we can do to maintain relationships with our grandkids and other family and friends once we move.

keep families connected with HomeTeam

Thanks to social media outlets like Facebook and Instagram, it’s easier to keep up with long-distance loved ones than it used to be. Kathryn and I were talking recently about how different things are nowadays because I remember my best friend moving out of state when I was in 4th grade — and it felt like she might as well have moved to Mars. The only way to stay in touch was by writing letters. {For the record, I love good old-fashioned snail mail, and my friend and I did keep up that way for years!}

But those things — Facebook, Instagram, letter writing — don’t work well when it comes to maintaining relationships with little kids.
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Dog obedience training graduate!

Last week, Piper — the dog I almost took back during our two-week trial from the rescue organization — graduated from beginners’ obedience school. Not only did we make it all the way through, but Piper did GREAT! This might just be proud doggie mom speaking here, but she may have even been head of the class. She was certainly not the worst, as I feared when I first signed us up!

Exhausted after graduation. No one had to teach this dog to relax.
dog obedience school graduate

If you’ve been reading for at least the past few months, you already know some of the troubles we had with Piper. I listed a smattering of Piper-challenges in this post about dog training tool that helped us, but in short, she was an absolute maniac who destroyed household items, terrorized Daisy the WonderDog, and jumped on everyone (sometime biting, too), just for fun.
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