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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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For My Very Best Friend

  I never remember to call her on her birthday. Ever. We’ve been friends for 17 years, and I always call the day before or the day after, but never on the actual day.  I’m pretty good at remembering dates, … Continue reading

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In lieu of flowers, I forgive.

It is said that somewhere in Iowa, a small town’s football team still takes a knee before each game.  The players and coaches join hands and bow their heads, and they defy the laws that tell them that they cannot … Continue reading

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Murder in Parkersburg, Iowa.

I am from Parkersburg, Iowa. I wasn’t born there, I don’t live there now, but it is, without a doubt, where I am from. It is – and will always be – integral to who I am. On Wednesday morning, … Continue reading

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Surviving a Tornado. A video.

I’ve heard a million stories about the tornado that wiped out my hometown, Parkersburg, Iowa, last spring. I’ve seen pictures and books and newspaper stories. I’ve sifted through the rumble and walked through the war zone. And none of it … Continue reading

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More Degrees Of Separation

The longer we’re away, the more bitter and sweet it is to go back. While being with our oldest friends is a stark reminder of what we could never have in another place, it is also difficult to be anything … Continue reading

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Remember when your grandparents forced you to look at their vacation slides for hours? It’s like that.

I spent several hours yesterday uploading 500 pictures – and I’m still not done. I then proceeded to spend several more hours painting the front entry and hallway of my house – because that totally makes sense to do right … Continue reading

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In Which I Owe Grandmas Everywhere An Apology

Yesterday, I showed you some of the lessons that my week in Parkersburg taught me. There is one more valuable lesson that I haven’t yet discussed. It’s just been… well, painful, honestly, to think about. And it really needed it’s … Continue reading

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Everything I needed to know about life I learned from a Tornado: A Photo Essay

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Home.

We got home from Parkersburg Sunday morning. I wonder if I’ll ever be able to use that word again without an overwhelming flood of emotions, not the least of which is guilt. And confusion. And just raw, raw, raw… emotion. … Continue reading

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