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July 2012

Small Heart, Big Love: A Sweet Summer Moment

07/20/12

Small Heart, Big Love: A Sweet Summer Moment

'Xiao Xin' was just a standard Chinese warning tucked in with a LEGO keychain. But for this mom of three, it was an eye-opening little life lesson.

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Light at the End of the Tunnel for a Teen at Summer Camp

07/19/12

Light at the End of the Tunnel for a Teen at Summer Camp

A bright freshman with sensory challenges, Abby was terrified to jump into a group activity. A kind friend – and hands-off parents – made all the difference.

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Contemplating Family Life in China

07/18/12

Contemplating Family Life in China

A critical job may require a southeast Michigan family of eight to uproot to Shanghai. Mom ponders what might change – particularly, practicing her faith.

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Boot Camp Family Summer

07/17/12

Boot Camp Family Summer

It might sound like a bust. For this Oakland County tween, though, the fun workouts (and fruit and vegetable snacks) were a life-changing blast.

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New Mom, New Siblings – and Renewed Self Esteem

07/16/12

New Mom, New Siblings – and Renewed Self Esteem

There was a lot of change for this Pontiac kid in the summer of 2011 – and, happily, it all wound up being incredibly positive.

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Welcome to Fyla's Lemonade Driveway

07/13/12

Welcome to Fyla's Lemonade Driveway

A family beats the heat with a lemonade stand and mini garage sale – and scores a hilarious memory when their 2-year-old buys her own shirt back.

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Chasing Fireflies in the Summer Night

07/12/12

Chasing Fireflies in the Summer Night

Catching tiny flashes of light in the dark sky was a small thrill for this young girl six years ago – and remains one of her favorite vacation memories.

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Little Camping Memories from a Little Kid

07/11/12

Little Camping Memories from a Little Kid

A trip in the great outdoors was a great time for this 4-year-old, from hanging out with a favorite cousin to roasting marshmallows by the fire.

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A Mackinac Island Family Vacation

07/10/12

A Mackinac Island Family Vacation

A ferry ride, bikes and 'the best fudge in the world' are all part of the summer fun a Detroit girl had with her family in northern Michigan.

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Childhood Summers at Butzel Library in Detroit

07/10/12

Childhood Summers at Butzel Library in Detroit

A Michigan parent remembers biking over to this now-closed urban spot to borrow books and transform vacation into a world of exploration.

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Creating the Ultimate Summer Vacation – with B.L.A.C. Detroit

07/06/12

Creating the Ultimate Summer Vacation – with B.L.A.C. Detroit

When this Wayne County man got laid off, he jumped to action – discovering riverfront yoga, free museum visits and many more cultural gems in Detroit.

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Disney Makes for a Magical and Memorable Summer

07/05/12

Disney Makes for a Magical and Memorable Summer

From a cool scary rides to meeting Toy Story characters in person and even having breakfast with Mickey himself, this vacation was tons of fun!

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Summer of Lemonade for a Little Girl with Big Dreams

07/05/12

Summer of Lemonade for a Little Girl with Big Dreams

A young Detroiter is selling a yummy beverage from her own stand with a big goal of heading off to Disney World. It seems like she might get there!

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Learning How to Water Ski Without Losing Her Glasses

07/03/12

Learning How to Water Ski Without Losing Her Glasses

Non-athletic and 'half-blind' sans bifocals, a local girl got to experience the thrill of this Michigan pastime with the help of a determined friend and family.

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Noodling Around at the Community Pool with Family

07/02/12

Noodling Around at the Community Pool with Family

It was a simple afternoon of water noodles, sandwiches, watermelon and a dip in the deep end. To this southeast Michigan kid, it was a perfect summer day!

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