Happy May!

May brings with it such renewal and hope, with the graduation of students taking their next steps into the world and students moving from one grade to the next. A summer full of opportunities and adventures awaits.

It is also the month where we honor our mothers! Whether you still have your mother or not, we all had women who shaped us. As mothers ourselves, we try to take the best of what we have observed and apply it to raising our own children. Motherhood is a 24/7 kind of job, with no retirement date, though our duties change through the years. Whether you are changing diapers or being a chauffeur for soccer games, every stage is important in the raising of children to be capable, caring adults.

In this issue, we honor mothers and give some ideas on how to take care of yourself! We also share ideas for passing down traditions and honoring our mothers who are no longer with us. We highlight some local companies that are working on family-friendly policies and share how to give a great Mother’s Day tea. If you are reading this in print, the recipes from the tea are available on our website.

We hope you have noticed our fantastic contests. We must thank our great sponsors and advertisers who have been so generous to our readers. Head on over to our website to see what we have for you to win this month!

We are proud to have our graduation gallery available on our website. It is a great way to honor your graduate with a picture and a statement of support or achievements and plans! It is a free way to share your senior’s accomplishments with family and friends!

Wishing you a warm and wonderful May and a Happy Mother’s Day!

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