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Happiness Highlights: Homesick Edition

Last week was a bit of an emotional roller coaster for us. We said goodbye to friends in Pittsburgh, discovered the hidden beauty of Hocking Hills, Ohio, met up with family in central Indiana, then said goodbye to family through … Continue reading

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No, We Haven’t Killed Each Other. Yes, We Have Been Tempted.

I mentioned on Facebook this week wanting to send Emma to her non-existent room. My stepsister laughed at my pain virtually and said what most people say when I talk about someone in my traveling party driving me crazy: I can’t … Continue reading

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Without Balance

I have seen and done a lot in New Orleans in the last week. I don’t have any pictures I can show you of any of those things, because they are still in RAW format and my brain is simply … Continue reading

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What I Learned When Emma Turned Six

In August of 2007, Jared and the kids and I loaded everything we owned into a U-Haul truck and a Chevy Trailblazer and drove away from everything we’d ever known about home. We moved from Parkersburg, Iowa to Central Florida, … Continue reading

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On Becoming More Than Not My Mother

I think that, for many of us, parenthood is just as much about our childhoods as it is about our children. It’s the great do-over, the chance to right all the wrongs of our mothers and fathers. To be honest, … Continue reading

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The Happiest

I am the happiest I have ever been in my life. It frightens me to say this, because I have learned the lesson about constant change well.  I know that nothing lasts forever, not even the things you really, really … Continue reading

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In which I realize I don’t know my kid at all.

“And now I’m going to show you where I have music!” Emma ran off ahead of us down the sidewalk corridor that joins the classrooms at her Florida elementary.  Jared and I are still in awe of the strip mall … Continue reading

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One more reason you shouldn’t talk shit about your husband to your mother-in-law.

I’ve often said that it’s just common sense that you do not, under any circumstances, talk crap about your husband to your mother-in-law. I don’t care how wrong you think he was or how well the two of you get … Continue reading

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The littlest hard parts

If you ask the grown ups what’s new, what they’ve been up to, the answer is usually some version of “not much” or “same ol’, same ol’”. You don’t even have to ask the kids. All you have to do … Continue reading

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Breaking the cycle. Finally.

We’ve had arguments before. Our marriage counselor insists that we will always have arguments.  Having arguments is no reason to continue going to counseling, she assures us. “Not that I’m kicking you out the door, it’s just – ” “Good … Continue reading

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