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How My Husband Took Me on a Time Travel Journey Back to Us

The world gets it so wrong. I have been so worried about our anniversary because 20 years is a milestone and we should be taking a big trip. We should be on a plane or buying each other cars or at very least jewelry or something. But our bank account didn’t get the memo. So…

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10 Must Read Books for Every Family

I am a big believer in the family read aloud. You can read a quick chapter after dinner, before bed or even in the morning before school if your people are more organized than mine. The best thing about reading to your kids for me is that brings your family JOY through a shared experience…

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What You Have in the Morning You Might Not Have in the Evening

The sermon at our wedding was beautiful, unforgettable and strangely ominous. The wonderful priest who married us began with a story. He was assigned overseas and found he had to move suddenly, he would be on a plane in 24 hours. He had grown close with so many people and knew he likely wouldn’t see…

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Last Minute Love Bomb

Holidays tend to sneak up on me. Despite two trips to Target for Valentines and supplies to decorate Valentine’s Day boxes (worst job ever), I still do not have anything to give my sweet loves tomorrow. Shocker. I am currently in the middle of a decluttering class (it’s a whole thing for another post you are…

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You Could Do It Better Than Me

We’re Over At Scary Mommy talking about grace and sweaty parenting….enjoy!! Hey, lady eyeing me up from across the way. I see that gleam in your eye and I know what you’re thinking.  I can feel the mom sweat coming out of every pore as I struggle under your gaze. You see I’m a hot…

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Summer Lovin’: A Manifesto for Sanity and Joy

So we have all heard the saying, “If Mom Isn’t Happy, No One Is Happy”, this one has stood the test of time because…truth. Moms tend to set the tone for the household. When I am cranky it is like an electric force field hanging over my home, threatening the lives of my offspring. And…

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Find the Good Friday

You guys, I have been thinking about raising kind kids lately. I’m working on a piece about it, but today I want to say this. Being a teacher changes you, all kids feel like your kids…forever and ever amen. Because you understand that the “naughty” ones are really never just naughty, they are usually creative,…

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New Year’s: Getting Grateful Up In Here!

Every year we set ourselves up for a fresh start. Traditionally, the rolling over of a calendar year is viewed as a reboot, restart and new beginning. The chance to break bad habits, start new habits and change our ways once and for all. Why then, do so many of us find ourselves failing at…

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