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Legacy Making Parenting

When my older daughter turned 9 this year, halfway to legal adulthood, I started thinking about what it was I wanted  to accomplish in my “second term” as her mother. While I recognize that I’m not the commander-in-chief of the free world, I still think I too can have a legacy. I want my work […]

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Is she faking it?

Sleep and Lies

I’ll start with a confession: when my daughter was a baby, I faked it. Every night, often multiple times, I faked it and my husband never suspected a thing. No, I wasn’t faking that. Every night? Multiple times a night? With a baby in the house? Ha! No, I faked being asleep. The truth is, […]

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multitasking my life away

Multitasking My Life Away

A week or so ago, I found myself multitasking away… Making a dish for a potluck, while helping my daughter happily put together a book collecting her most recent artwork, while on the phone listening to the details of a new job I was taking, while switching laundry from the washer to the dryer. AND […]

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Not Pictured

This was the picture I posted on Facebook a few weeks ago. In it, you can see my kiddos playing in the sun of the 50 degree January day (seriously) on their new-to-them skateboards. Just after this photo was taken, the girls were joined by our neighbor, and the three kids spent an hour shrieking […]

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Talking to Myself

The other morning, I woke up early. That really annoying early… 45 minutes before the alarm goes off. You’re really not ready to make a go of things, especially on a cold winter morning, but by the time you get back to sleep, you’re just going to have to get up. So I lay in […]

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What You’ll Know

To be honest, you won’t know right away. When you find your child lying on the ground beside her bike with no obvious injury, you won’t immediately pick her up and run to the hospital. Instead, you’ll most likely say, “You’re ok. You’re fine. Come on,” because you’ve seen your child take a fall thousands […]

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Season of Surprises

My kids love surprises like a bear loves blueberries. It doesn’t really matter how big or small the surprise is, they’ll sniff it out and filled with glee, move into that “blueberry patch” until every last ounce of chocolate, stickers, movies, or whatever the surprise may be, has been scarfed down, chewed, and digested. Then, […]

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