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the way the love goes around

I love being a mom, but I sometimes forget that during the really hard parts. I don't forget that I love them, I forget that motherhood is one of the greatest, most wonderful works of life. It does not always feel like that when you're...

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Repo’d

Do you ever see people who are getting to experience all of the wonderful things of life and you feel a tiny bit envious of all that they're living? Well, I feel bad that I'm going to be one of those people for you today. I...

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Make It Count

Pat's mom had a massive stroke two weeks ago. It is so not good. Every night when he gets home from seeing her, we talk about how she is. Our conversation eventually turns, then, to what we want for ourselves. We use a bunch of if/then...

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“I Am Crying Right Now” Over A Tooth

My kid lost a tooth tonight. We somehow misplaced the lost tooth within an hour of it falling out of his head and you would think his right foot has been amputated and misplaced. My goodness. I am blaming the drama on the day-after-a-sugar-hangover, which,...

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Thank You

Yesterday got me. You all showed up. Thank you. People pushed back nap times, rushed over before games and other events, brought newborns out for their first mall visits; people shared my stuff, helped me set up my stuff (and by “helped,” I mean, they just...

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Different and Same

  This is one of Pat's sisters hugging my girl. His sister has special needs and my kids have always, somehow, understood this without too much explanation. Sometimes though, especially now as my children have gotten older, they have loving and beautiful questions about her. Curiosity, especially...

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New Stuff!

Listen, my kids can get to me as much as anybody’s can, but the truth is the same for me as it is for most of you: I really wanted them and I really love them. I don’t really remember what it was like before...

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