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Mamisoa Knutson

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Mamisoa, a native of Madagascar, grew up in Australia, Papua New Guinea, the U.K., the U.S., and Kenya because of her missionary doctor parents. She moved back to the U.S. to attend college and earned a B.A in Communications from Waldorf University (where she met her husband Matt) and a M.A. in Leadership from Augsburg University. She’s glad to have established roots here in Rochester with Matt and their children Gracelyn, Maeva, and Isaac. By day, Mamisoa is a marketing and communications professional within higher education. She has a passion for Christmas, elephants, and cooking. She cherishes family meals, laughter, and birthday celebrations. She is a firm believer that birthdays should always, always be celebrated.

Rest in Power, Black Panther

“Chadwick Boseman, the actor known for portraying Black Panther has died.” From stage four colon cancer.
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“Be One with Nature,” They Said

Have I ever been that excited to hike before? Never. Did I know what I was doing? Absolutely not. But we were doing it! The kids were excited. I was excited. Matt was rightfully cautious.

Raising Your Kids to be Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We cannot expect the next generation to follow in his footsteps if we don't make a conscious effort to instill his powerful words and actions in their lives. How can we do this as parents?

Truths About Pregnancy and Having A Baby After A Miscarriage

this post was originally published on October 15, 2016. The truth is that one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage. This is a staggering statistic, yet miscarriage is so rarely talked about. My husband, Matt, and...

A Year of Grieving: What I’ve Discovered

Family gatherings were especially hard because her absence was noticeably prominent. The lack of her hand-made cards on birthdays and anniversaries added to the sting and sadness of having to celebrate without her.

Yes, I Am A Stickler for Sleep Schedules

Call me too rigid, say I need to loosen up, say I’m taking it too seriously -- I’ve heard it all. But it will be me and not you dealing with a cranky toddler when she misses her nap.
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When Another Child Bites Your Child

I remember the first time our daughter Gracelyn was bitten at daycare. She was fresh to the toddler classroom, not yet talking, barely walking.

A Modern Memory Book (You Can Do One, Too!)

Another great thing about this is that typical memory books can only hold photos, but the modern memory book can contain videos.
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Here Comes the Bride… There Goes the Flower Girl: Tips for Involving Tiny Humans...

When she reached him, she dumped out all of the flowers at his feet. It was beyond adorable. I may have applauded and then instantly cried.

To the Mom at Target Who Made Me Cry: We Need More Women Like...

I was 38 weeks pregnant and doing most daily tasks at that point were a struggle as I felt like an exhausted beached whale with every move I made.