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Perfect

You’re so mean When you talk About yourself, you were wrong Change the voices in your head Whenever I hear those lyrics, I think about my mother. She’s constantly telling me not to say mean things about her daughter. And … Continue reading

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If Nancy Can Do It, So Can We

People have asked me why my family and I are going on this crazy adventure. What gave us the idea to sell all of our stuff and try traveling full time? I was inspired to try something crazy by people … Continue reading

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Eleven

Yesterday he was ten. Today he is eleven. Yesterday I was a scared 19 year old kid and today I am a mother of two who is still pretty scared of messing them up, but no longer afraid of being his … 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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On Babies and Bravery

When I found out he was coming, I was terrified. I was afraid for all the hurt and tears and pain that might be waiting for the people I loved the most – my brother, my niece or nephew, my sister-in-love who … Continue reading

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Parenting: when you’re doing it wrong

I read somewhere that you’re not supposed to take your child’s behavior personally.  We’re not supposed to see the decisions they make or don’t make as a reflection of who we are.  After all, they are their own people. But … Continue reading

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She’ll be a woman, soon. A hairy, hairy woman who can reach anything she wants in the whole wide world.

“Is this for the shower?” Emma asked. I was going through my morning “get ready” routine while she and Devin waited patiently for me to take them to school. “Yep,” I replied. “What’s it do?” she asked. “It takes your … Continue reading

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Why you cannot move in with your grandparents, Son.

Dear Devin, You told me over dinner that Grandma has taken you to Chuck E. Cheese like a million times. You lamented the fact that I have never taken you to Chuck E. Cheese’s since we’ve lived in Florida. “Yes, … Continue reading

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A Letter To Your Son

Dear Baby Boy, I already know the name that your parents are going to call you.  I’m saying it in my head now as I think of you.  I’m hearing the way your mother says it, and wondering if I … Continue reading

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The Whine

My mom says it’s just a phase. My jaw muscles say it feels like this phase has gone on forever. My back teeth are being worn into nubs from the constant attempts to not. lose. my shit. I’m pretty sure … Continue reading

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