lately…

That darned ol’ cup has been overflowing. I’ve had the delicious gift of… quality time. I’ve been so thirsty for it.  Last month, I went to visit our oldest son and his wife and daughter. It was time laced with lazing about in recliners, good food, long talks, soft sunsets. And even though I grew […]

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just look around…

A couple months ago, I let our 11yo in on the nuances of believing. There is a great debate in our world of whether or not to believe in Santa. At the extremes, there is the Keeping-Christ-in-Christmas and don’t make it about Santa versus Christmas magic and Kris Kringle all the way. Both sides voice […]

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bring on some awkward.

Every time I think it’s gonna happen, meh. Don’t you remember middle school? The pinnacle of gawkiness? The heyday of acne? The epitome of stink? What is wrong with my children? They’re showering before school, UNPROMPTED. They’re tremendously goofy, well this one at least, but there’s no gawkiness. What the heck?! There’s athletic ability and endurance […]

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an evening with my dad.

My dad was cremated. He made sure that his body was donated for research first, to try to find more information about some joint issues and a nerve disorder that showed up for him in his last years. We thought that they would spend about a year researching before his cremation, but it took a […]

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he’s free.

I woke up around 3:30 in the morning yesterday feeling nauseous. I laid still, breathing deeply; the kind of breathing that I learned in yoga that calms my nerves and tummy. Finally, the feeling subsided and I went to the bathroom to splash some water on my face and went back to bed. At 4:30, […]

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urban farming.

Such a buzz phrase, yes? I wouldn’t exactly call our little town a burgeoning urban area per se, but we certainly have some elements of a more urban spot living within a short bike ride of our downtown area (one that is slowly, but smartly, revitalizing). Our town is quickly growing by leaps and bounds; […]

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the milestone.

Firsts. They’re always the biggies. First word. First steps. First day of school. First loose tooth. I remember this one like it was yesterday. And there’s another one coming. Our 5yo all of sudden starting quietly crying (at first ‘quietly,’ then ever so loudly) at the dinner table tonight, because he bit down on his very […]

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just a bite.

The fellas have taken up dressing for dinner. Since our recent trip to North Carolina, we’ve all been enamored with manners and respectfulness and caring about how we present ourselves a little more; I love it. Handsome shirts rule. As does fantastic dinner conversation.

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