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changes, contentment, future, kids, living for real, parenting / 28.05.2017

What are you looking forward to?   Three more days of school and my eleven years of walking children to the bus every morning will be over. Once the kids are in middle school, moms don’t make an appearance at the bus stop. My youngest will be a sixth grader in the fall, which is ridiculous considering she was born just yesterday.   The elementary bus runs an hour and a half behind the middle and high school bus. So, come August, all three of my babes will leave at seven in...

balanced life, be present, coffee, contentment, living for real, parenting / 11.01.2017

I found our kitty curled up sound asleep, nestled in a pile of blankets on the bed early this morning, so I let her be, and the bed remained unmade. I envy her sometimes – her ability to drop and sleep anywhere.   I went to the couch to drink my coffee and enjoy the slower morning. The roads were covered with a layer of ice, so school was delayed two hours. Once my body and brain begin to move, they are reluctant to slow down. But in the mornings,...

beauty, contentment, kids, life is good, living for real, love, parenting, vacation / 14.12.2016

  It was the trip of a lifetime, just like we had hoped! A ten-day vacation to Hong Kong and Beijing with our family was a dream come true.   I had lived a few months in Hong Kong before we were married. A year into our marriage, Lee and I moved there to teach in an international school. Our daughter Esther was born there, but we relocated to Pennsylvania when she was six months old. For the past 15-years, we’ve spoken of our fondness of Hong Kong to our children.   The...

beauty, contentment, kids, life is good, parenting, perspective / 05.07.2016

  We walked around the block, Emma and I. She was full of energy, as ten-year-olds tend to be.   She bounced along doing ballet leaps and grabbing at leaves from low branches. She looked for four-leaf clovers. She filled me in on the daily gossip from her doll house family. She recounted what she learned from the Adventures in Odyssey radio show she listened to before we left the house.   I was distracted, as is my norm, thinking ahead to dinner and tomorrow’s commitments. Planning my week and how to accomplish the...

beauty, blessings, contentment, fear, kids, life is good, living for real, parenting, real life / 11.05.2016

  Just like the night before, on my pillow was a love letter written on a hot pink, flower-shaped sticky note: “You are amazing, outstanding, awesome, unbelievable, perfect. These are barely anything compared to you. Emma.”   More than 15 years ago, when Esther was born, I learned how to be a mom. I learned how to change diapers and nurse, how to worry, how to punish, how to praise, how to clean puke out of hair, how to tickle and sing and play, how to love a little girl. I recognized...