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She did it. She asked the question I had been dreading to hear.
“How am I going to know what to do without you, Mommy?”
As the night before school jitters set in with my baby, I found myself in a constant state of prayer. “Lord, help me help her. Give me the words.” The idea of [...]

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The girls were sick this weekend. Juliet had a fever for more than 3 days and coughed like a chain smoker. Layla was just miserable and uncomfortable last night. Their fevers are down now and Juliet should be back in school tomorrow, but it’s so sad and pathetic when they’re sicky and there’s nothing to [...]

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I don’t play well with others. Well, I guess better said, I am not a team player. Or something along those lines.
When I was a kid I liked playing with my friends one on one. When more people were added to the dynamic, things changed. There were inside jokes I didn’t get, talk of TV [...]

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The house has quieted for a few minutes. The CD has ended, the drills and saws have been unplugged for a time. Jenn is napping with Spam on the blue chair. The boys have gone to Lowes for more supplies and the girls are playing pirates in the backyard with the big dogs. The only [...]

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I realize now that I should have blogged about this earlier. But better late than never, right?
www.redenvelopeday.com
This could prove to be a truly powerful statement in our nation. If you have an old bday card lying around or even a piece of red paper you can fold up and put a stamp on, please take [...]

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Holy cow! The inner fight is intense! Whenever we drive Craig to work, and especially on cold, dark, snowy mornings I cannot get my mind off of McDonalds for breakfast. I can hear the hot coffee, the bacon egg and cheese biscuits and orange juice calling me. It would be soooo easy to just turn [...]

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I can see my girls growing, changing, stretching right before my very eyes. And it’s freaking me out a bit. Of course they have to change. Did I think they were just going to stay in the preschool phases forever? Juliet I expect to see changes in. While I’m always struck by Juliet’s development, Layla [...]

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When I was a kid, I hated competitive sports. Tag, dodgeball and relay races never brought me any joy. In fourth and fifth grade, I found every excuse I could to keep me on the sidelines of volley ball and soft ball. Funny thing is I’m an extremely competitve person. It doesn’t take much for [...]

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I love photographs. Of course you knew that about me. But I do. I love how they freeze a moment in time. I love the emotions they bring up or back. I love how you can take time to truly soak in the memories and light of the moment when you look at a photo. [...]

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Being a mommy is a traumatic rollercoaster of emotions.
One moment,  I’m so incredibly angry and frustrated at the kids. They just won’t listen or let me complete a thought or they’re being really loud in their rooms an hour after I’ve put them to bed.  Then after that I go to intense guilt because I [...]

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