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Portrait of a Mother

She answered the door wearing neither makeup nor shoes. She wore a t-shirt and cut off denim shorts and a closely cropped haircut that was devoid of any styling product.  She smiled as she opened her home to me and … Continue reading

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What We Learned the First Week on the Road

We pulled into the Lofton Creek Campground along East State Road 200 in Yulee, Florida on Friday night, determined to make the best of our detour. Five days (and so. much. money.) later, we are finally back on the road … 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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Current Events: Halloween

A few weeks ago, a little thing called Halloween happened.  Maybe you heard about it. Where we live, Halloween happens on the last day of October.  And by happens, I mean is celebrated and by is celebrated I mean trick-or-treating … 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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A little game of What The Hell Happened?

Let’s play a game. We’ll call it “What in the hell happened here?” This is a photo I snapped of my kitchen pantry after the kids had left for school yesterday morning.   Everything look normal? Look again.   Aaaand … Continue reading

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What I Learned My First Week Of School

1. Brand spanking new backpacks have a street value of about two cans of soda. While standing at the bus stop with Emma, who wanted me there, and Devin, who has been surprisingly tolerant of my presence, I discovered that Devin’s best … Continue reading

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The Very First Day Of The Very First Year

“Awwww… are you sad?” This is, I think, simply what one says to a mother when they hear that kindergarten is on the horizon.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sending your first, last or random middle child off, the very … Continue reading

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And then there were four.

I can’t stop looking at them. They are so tall.  Their voices are so much deeper.  They have made plans and schemes since June and they are eager to share them with me. Emma leapt into my arms, buried her … Continue reading

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No Tears For V-Day

God willing, forever four. I remember reading about women who were heartbroken to say good-bye to their reproductive years.  They wrote moving prose about how their husbands’ vasectomies marked the end of an era, how a small part of them … Continue reading

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