Archive for the ‘Parenting’ Category

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 […]

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.  […]

Palms

Jan
2013
28

posted by on Faith, Family, Parenting

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Last week, my daughter brought home a coloring page from Sunday School.  On the back, she’d written her name in crooked preschool letters.  She’d flipped around the Ds to Bs, so her name was a different name entirely.  Underneath, her teacher had written capital and lower case Bs and Ds, and then my daughter had […]

Beeutifl

Jan
2013
11

posted by on Family, Parenting

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  My husband is traveling this week.  We miss him, so as my daughter spins around the living room in her princess gown, I snap a photo and send it to him.   He texts back: “So beautiful.” She changes from her gown to her footie pajamas and heads for the computer, asking if she can […]

Lavish

Jan
2013
05

posted by on Family, Friendship, Parenting

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My daughter’s favorite coat is long and minky-soft, zebra print with a ruffle around the bottom.  The inside is lined in hot pink.  Last week she wore it with big white furry boots and a red boys’ snow hat that looked like a race car.  She carried a fluffy white stuffed cat in her arms.  […]