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Superhero

Dec
2013
19

posted by on Christmas, Family, Parenting

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  At three and a half, my son, you’re delightfully quirky.  You love rockets, gadgets, and fire trucks.  You like superheroes, but you’re not old enough to watch them on television.  Relatives have you well-stocked with awesome dress-up clothes, but usually you tell me, “I just want to be myself.”  Sometimes you’ll don a Batman […]

Raindrops

Nov
2013
12

posted by on Family

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  “Sometimes in the morning, if there is rain on my window, I pretend one drop is our house and one drop is grandma’s, and I draw a path from our house to hers.”  My daughter shared this sweet thought with my husband the other morning. When we moved here eight years ago, this town […]

Beds and Flowers

Sep
2013
10

posted by on Faith, Family, Parenting, Self-improvement

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Last weekend, my mother-in-law came to visit, her car packed with luggage and her father’s old tools.  She and my husband spent the weekend building a loft for my daughter, four generations intersecting on sawhorses in our driveway.  Over the course of three days, hubby and his momma measured and cut, sanded and painted, drilled […]

Worth It

Aug
2013
28

posted by on baby, Family, Parenting

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                As I write this, I’m six weeks pregnant.  It’s the sweetest little secret, like carrying around a diamond in my pocket.  Already somewhere deep inside me, the tiniest of hearts is fluttering.  And even though this is my third go-round, this quiet miracle stuns me every time. […]

Cicadas

Aug
2013
06

posted by on Family, Nature, Parenting

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  We’ve got a great playground in our backyard, a hand-me-down from friends who outgrew it.  It’s far nicer than anything we could afford, and we love the chance for kids to work out their energy in a way that involves neither our couch nor the cats.  Late in the day, the sun peeks through […]

Crossing

Jun
2013
20

posted by on Family, Parenting

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She did it. It was beautiful, really.  I am certain that not all inner struggles will resolve so neatly.  But one day at swimming lessons (the second-last class), my brave little girl stopped panicking and started paddling. I was out on the playground with my son, whose lessons come after hers.  We’d relegated my husband […]

Learning to Swim

May
2013
20

posted by on Family, Parenting, Self-improvement

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Swimming lessons did not go well last week. My daughter loved every moment of them until last week.   She would skip around the locker room with freshly-toweled hair, pausing to say that she couldn’t wait till swimming again.  But after weeks of kicking and paddling, the teacher decided they were ready to paddle by themselves.  […]

Falling

Apr
2013
17

posted by on Friendship, Parenting, Remembering

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Spring’s here, finally.  Winter stayed past its welcome, but the tree outside our house budded anyway, defying day after day of snow and gray skies.  It’s not pretty yet, but the grass is greening and those buds are promises hanging from the branch, ready to pop.  I open the windows even though it’s still cold.  […]

Dandelions

Mar
2013
30

posted by on Faith, Remembering

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            For S and T When I was growing up, I loved dandelions.  My parents didn’t use chemicals on our yard, so as soon as the ground thawed and a couple spring rains came, dandelion weeds would pop up everywhere.  I loved their sunny faces, their tiny lush petals, and […]

Hosanna

Mar
2013
21

posted by on Faith, Lent

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  It’s spring here, officially, although you wouldn’t know it from the twenty degree weather.  A thin layer of snow covers everything like dust in an attic.  Where the grass pops through, it’s brown and wilted.  A season of plowing has left tire ruts in the ground along the driveways, a bent sapling, stray rocks […]