Parenting

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One of my most vivid memories of my mom is watching her put on make-up.  I remember her sitting in the bathroom with her little magnifying mirror plucking, smoothing, drawing, “putting her face on” as she always says. My mom would never, ever, consider “leaving the house without her face on.”  Ever. As I grew

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After a recent outing with the family to some local high school homecoming activities I had the following conversation with my 7-year-old daughter while brushing her hair: 7-year-old:  “Mom, weren’t those girls with the crowns pretty?” Me:  “They were.  What did you think made them pretty?” 7-year-old:  “Well, I liked their hair mostly.  I like the

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This stuff is too good to forget, so I’ve been taking notes!  Our little budding theologian has had a lot to say lately.  I can hardly believe he is preparing to enter his last year in the single digits!  What an amazing young man he is becoming.  I love that he is so comfortable in

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Twenty weeks ago today my whole world changed.  My worst nightmare came true and I am still trying to wrap my brain around that fact.  As a family we are healing and learning to live this new life without one of our members.  The hole left by Sophia is as obvious today as it was

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They say timing is everything and I have to agree that it is very true in our life right now.  Having lost Sophia just 4 1/2 months ago still seems surreal but the distractions that have been thrown into our life since then were quite obviously just the way it was supposed to be. On

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I don’t know about you, but when summer hits around here sometimes it feels like it becomes a free-for-all.  Which is fine, for a while.  But then kids start arguing, mom gets grumpy and we all start looking forward to fall and getting back to a “normal” schedule.  I have noticed that the longer span

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We have tried our share of chore chart systems over the past few years and they all seemed to be lacking some little thing that made us eventually tire of using them.  Now that the kids are a bit older(5 and 7) and are ready to start earning an allowance for their work, I think

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I don’t always remember it myself. Sometimes I need a friendly reminder too. But recently I was able to help 2 different friends remember it and I thought maybe I could remind you too: ~~~~ We only have ONE childhood to share with our children. They will be this age ONCE. One time. For one

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I would venture to bet that if you are reading this blog, you will be able to appreciate and get a kick out of this song. Our friends, Melissa & Dan(thanks guys!), recently brought this group and this song to our attention and I love it! I’m such a sap though and get teared up

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Funny Little Man

This kid seriously puts me in stitches. This is his latest thing. You and me. He’ll bust that out at the most perfect times, like if I give him directions for something and he already understands how to do it, or if Lilly is trying my patience…..he’ll do that, like he’s saying, “I know Mom,