Grandparents Are Grand

Since moving away from North Carolina when our oldest child was an infant, we have lived in Oklahoma for five-ish years, Iowa for two and have fallen in love with Montana for the last almost seven years. I feel old. And though we have met many amazing friends that are like family, we occasionally realize […]

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Exhilerfying Change

Here’s the understatement of a lifetime: change is hard. Change can also be exhilarating yet terrifying. To describe a recent change in my life, I’ve coined the term exhilerfying. Like your first grade teacher, let’s try it in a sentence shall we? Boy, it sure was exhilerfying to go cliff jumping! See? It just rolls […]

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Pretty vs. Beautiful

I’m not particularly fascinated with celebrities or their lives. I am impressed when they use their notoriety as a tool to bring a social issue to the forefront or personally fund needed gaps for groups bettering the lives of many but I could care less what their homes look like, what toothpaste they use and […]

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Coaching

Chapter One of my life as a mother is currently closed. I am no longer pregnant or hoping to become so. I am no longer nursing and grateful to be so. And oh, mama, it’s nice. Ever so nice. Not ever so easy—but nice. Now I’m in Chapter Two—able to volunteer and be of service and a variety […]

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Competitive Parenting

Parenting can unfortunately be a cut-throat enterprise. If you are not aware of the dangerous practice called competitive parenting then you must not have a child, seen a child, or even better—you probably live on the tippity-toppiest mountain peak in Nepal. In a cave. With a boulder the size of Manhattan blocking the only exit. With […]

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I.N.A.Y (It’s Not About You)

If I were in charge of the world, babies would read in the womb. None of these headsets on the belly so they can recite Scandinavian poetry as soon as they get suctioned. No, sir. Let’s just hold the text right up there and with black light (or something) they can balance your checkbook before they can breathe! How […]

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Marriage and Missles

It was a dark and stormy night…OK, it was night. And it was stormy in an off-your-rocker-overly-emotional-newlywed kind of way. My husband and I were driving home from somewhere. Probably a State Dinner. And we were heatedly fighting about something. Probably Tuberculosis eradication. And as we drove up to our quaint, one-bedroom apartment, I huffed […]

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Marriage is like Silverware

I thought that by having two handfuls of roommates in college with a diversity of personalities made me unbelievably over prepared for marriage. My level of patience and skills at negotiation were at an all-time high. I was twenty-four, had numerous psychology courses under my belt and thought the only thing needed to make our […]

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A tally of hectic parenthood in library fines

I love the library. I love the smell of books and even though we have been gifted a Kindle and use it frequently, I still prefer the feel of holding someone’s heart and thoughts in ink on a page. Sadly, my admiration for libraries does not translate to veneration of their rules and due dates. […]

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Putting Fear back in her place

Whenever I see her, she is dressed in gray from head to toe, like she stepped out of a silent black and white film. Her face is expressionless and her hair colorless. She is dressed simply with not a thread or inch of skin drawing any attention to herself. Many of you would scarcely notice […]

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