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Family. Home. These words remind us that we have a place. That we have a space and people to come home to that is safe and warm and full of grace and hope.

Home is a place to come and heal after mistakes are made, or to recover injuries from ugly words thrown around like darts at our heads. For us, family is about being the best “us” we can be for each other in times of joy and sadness.

Quite often, we forget. We get selfish, run behind, pour into the important and pass over the eternal. We fight. We stick with our correct and rightly defended arguments. We fuss over silly things and make room for unreasonalbitlty when our own self gets in the way.

Family is hard. Five personalities stretching and pulling and growing to boundless dreams and limits and further in to independence pulls at all of our hearts. There is pulling, stretching and hurting as growing pains do often hurt.

In these times, it is important for us to practice long held traditions. Practicing our family traditions remind all of us what makes a Wegner a Wegner.
One especially fun tradition Rob and I have kept since moving away from Chicago and deep dish pizza in 1993 is creating our very own likeness of our favorite. We make the pizza together, and eat. Our tradition has gone from the two of us, then Maddie helped us. When Maddie was old enough she would show Whitney how it’s done and pour the cheese like a pro. When Belle was old enough, she had four people to tell her how it’s done, so she usually does it her own way, which is what makes it even more special.

Since the girls were old enough to hold a spoon and stir, they have been our little helpers. Everyone matters in our family. Everyone is equally important an is needed to fulfill this task. There have been years our pizza barely made it through the process of being made because there were spills, tears, dogs grabbing a sausage and running away, but these are the real moments that make family family. We laugh so much when we are all together. Watching my girls grown in independence, creativity, boldness and humor have been the biggest joy filled surprised of my mommy-hood.

We come home at the end of the day to life, to love, to tradition, to family.

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Thank you to Mike and Julie Storytellers for capturing this part of our Family Story

How to Trick Your Kids Into Healthy


My girls are a bit stinker-ish when it comes to taking vitamins to supplement their sometimes lack of interest in fruits and veggies.  Especially in winter time, when they are not getting enough vitamin D from the sun, I like to sneak in extra vitamins and healthy stuff however I can.

One of my favorite things to make is a simple strawberry smoothie for a mid-morning snack.  Normally I buy a 4lb bag of frozen strawberries to make our smoothies, but this week I took the time to cut up lots and lots of strawberries because they were on sale really cheap at the grocery store.

Here’s how I make them:


Cut up a pound of strawberries, and stick them in the freezer so they are almost frozen solid.  This takes about an hour.


Tip: Add your secret ingredients when your kids aren’t looking.

  I add 1 cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt, a few tablespoons of protein powder, a banana,(we’ve also added kiwi and blueberries..whatever extra fruit we have around, just for fun) and about 1/2 cup of milk.


Put it all together in a food processor or blender, and mix away until smooth and creamy.  My kids won’t drink it if it tastes lumpy.


Good luck, and may you and your family enjoy delicious strawberry smoothies!