An Unexpected Gift

It’s 9:30pm and I just discreetly snapped this photo from my upstairs hallway. My three kids are downstairs, music blasting way too loud, laughing, and playing a game. And something occurred to me just now. It’s not often I get to spend hours doing a puzzle with my oldest child, who is normally off at […]

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The Year I Said “Yes”-a Parenting Experiment

“Mom, can I bake something?” my 8-year old daughter pleaded as she entered the kitchen. I sighed. I had just spent the past two hours grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning up from dinner for our family of five. It had been a long day and I was tired. “Not right now, sweetie, I just finished […]

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Love At The Drugstore

I was waiting in a ridiculously long line at the drugstore yesterday, annoyed because I was in a rush and they weren’t calling any back-up cashiers. At the front of the line, I noticed a teenage couple hugging, holding hands, laughing, and basically gazing at each other adoringly. Watching them, I felt a twinge of […]

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Notes From A Substitute Teacher

Six years ago, I considered going back to school to get a certificate in elementary education. I thought teaching would be a pretty sweet gig, with summers off to spend with my kids. I got a job working as a substitute teacher in our district, with kids in grades K-8. Figured I should “test the […]

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Charlie’s Big Adventure

It was totally my fault. A few days ago, our sweet, beloved dog Charlie went missing. It was me who let him out. Me, who got distracted by the million things moms get distracted with, me who just plain forgot about him. With the chaos of a houseful of kids, it was hours before anyone […]

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