How to Birthday

Once a year, we humans find a reason to celebrate the simple fact that we showed up. And we don’t just celebrate—we do it with a capital C, sprinkle it with a pound of hand-cut confetti and Instagram/Facebook it all up in yo’ face. When our oldest (hereafter called “Test Kid”) was little, I admit […]

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A Breather

Hello, The Part I Love fans! This week our family will be out of state as we address a few health issues with two of our kiddos. Since we have quite a few new people here I thought I’d take an opportunity to point you towards a few older posts which you might have missed. […]

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Middle school: basically Dante’s 7th circle…

Recently, I overheard three teenage girls talking and their entire conversation was comprised of steadily putting down other girls in their peer group. One after another, I heard the negative comments: Her hair is too frizzy. Why doesn’t she stop blow drying it? I can’t stand being around her. She wears the weirdest clothes. I […]

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Five friends every mom needs

When I was less than four feet tall, I collected stickers and dolls that I would line up on a bookshelf and kiss every night–the dolls, not the stickers. Now that I am an impressive 5’ 4”, I collect friends that come to sit at my kitchen table.  In the last seventeen years while living in […]

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