Lemon Garlic Crockpot Chicken

MM has made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and is trying his hand at the Atkins diet.  It worked pretty well before our wedding, and I believe he lost between 15 and 20 pounds.  He’s done quite well over the past two weeks, but it can be challenging to merge a low carb diet with my tween athlete’s caloric needs.  Over the weekend, MM and I were talking about this week’s dinner plans, and I suggested that we make one of our newer family favorites: “That chicken dish with oregano and lemon.”  I don’t really know the official name of the dish.  I originally got the recipe from allrecipes.com, but have subsequently altered and played with the recipe a bit.  It’s very tasty, so I thought others might want to try it out.
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Relationship Status: It’s Complicated {Stepfamily Situations}

Several months ago, I was at a Cub Scout den meeting, talking to another mother and her 9-year-old son.  We were discussing requirements for the next Cub Scout rank, and the mother explained that her son needed to complete the “Family Fun Night Requirement.”  Her son looked at me, and said, “Well, I guess I won’t get my Bear Badge, I don’t have a family.”  I’ve known this family for 5 years, and watched the parents struggle with their marriage, and their subsequent divorce.  Overall, the parents did a great job working as a coparenting team, and I was impressed at how successful they were at working towards the best interests of their son.   The dad moved into a house that was only 5 houses down the street from the mom, and the son seemed to be handling everything as well as could be hoped. Of course, it can be challenging to keep the delicate two-household equilibrium for a long period of time.  About eighteen months ago, this child’s father was deployed to Afghanistan for nine months.  Upon returning to the US, he was stationed another state, and is now about 7 hours away from his son.  When I asked this child what he meant about not having a family, he said, “It’s just me and mom.  Dad lives so far away now.  I don’t have a real family.”
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