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Spring (aka Hope)

Just when you think it'll never get better, spring arrives. Like health after sickness, like success after failure, like new life after death. A green shoot, a blue sky, a new lease on life....

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Wendy, Peter, and The Grown-Up

  These are their shadows and that was their laugh that filled up our home while I sat on the couch and photographed. And I wrote this piece about being here with them, but see, that's the thing: I then wasn't there because I was documenting. I snap a picture, I write it down in the hopes that it'll...

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The Sweet Spot

  It was 7 degrees outside when we walked inside this conservatory.  We saw color, we started sweating, we felt like we were a family of Dorothys stepping out of black and white and into colorful Oz.  We all started laughing for no reason other than,...

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Rocking On

This little baby boy who’s in pink pajamas has been rocked to sleep for almost two years now.  Every nap, every night night.  Sometimes, I get annoyed while I rock him – “Just go to sleep!” I think.  After particularly long days, I add an...

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Goodnight Thoughts

  When 8pm comes around and they, eventually, are sound asleep in their beds, do you know what I do? Even on the days when I’ve wished them to sleep all day long, even on the days when I’ve hidden in the pantry praying no one...

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Shotgun Start

It starts with the pitter-patter of feet or a yawn that whispers through the walls. It starts with the sounds you’ve waited so long to hear, “Dada dada, Mama mama,” or sometimes a cry. And you’re off. You can’t stop it now. The flow is moving you, carrying you through the morning. It’s diapers changing, breakfast making, kids dressing, hugs...

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Christmas Wonder

  Mr. Rogers - that kind spirit of a man - said that during scary times we should look for the helpers. Christmastime can be scary because some (read: almost all) people get nutty.  Normal, good, kind people get nutsos.  I don't know what happens: I have...

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A Crack

Even on the greyest day, there is color. Even on the darkest night, there is light. Even in despair, there is a grace that comes from being with those that bring the colorand the light. When we leave the door open. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="960.0"] San Andreas...

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Throwback Thursday

  I'm throwing it back to the days when my girl would strip down to her diaper if you displeased her.  I will tell you - this is an extremely effective way to get your point across.  First, it is hard to pick up a naked-except-for-the-clothes-around-the-ankles...

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Parenthood, (The Good Parts)

Some people aren’t going to get this one or like this one or think this one means anything but gibberish.  That’s ok.  This is for the rest of us.Sometimes, I only want to read words about the good stuff.  And sometimes, the good stuff of...

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