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kids, life is good, parenting, persistence, real life, silence / 15.06.2016

  It was 6 o’clock on Friday evening when we pulled out of our driveway for the three-hour drive to the campground. The husband had had a busier-than-usual week and was rushing to make the Friday evening departure time.   Every year, once a year, our family goes tent camping with a group from our neighborhood. Ten to twelve families pack it up, drive a few hours, and stake claims for our temporary canvas shelters. We eat meals together and stare at fires together. We hike and swim together, sharing bug...

balanced life, coffee, friendship, golden rule, kids, life is good, living for real, make a difference, marriage, parenting, persistence, thanksgiving / 17.07.2015

  As a mom, it’s easy to feel unappreciated. Toddlers don’t typically thank you for teaching them to pee in the potty or for cutting their waffles into bite-sized pieces.   Preschoolers don’t seem to notice you are the genius who purchased their 3,000 Legos and their Batman undies.   I have rarely been thanked by my school-age kids for the cereal that is always in the cabinet (they must think it’s pumped in from Honeynut Lake) or for pulling long hairs (think small rodent) out of the bathroom sink drain. Most things...

balanced life, fear, living for real, persistence, some things you keep, writing life / 11.06.2015

I was asked a question on my Goodreads author page: “What was the toughest part about writing your memoir?” (Some Things You Keep)   As I was unable to narrow my answer down to one “toughest” thing, I decided to write a blog post as my answer.   Top ten tough things about writing my book:   10. Convincing myself I was a writer. I knew I had the story in my head and I felt called to get it out. When I whined that there were already enough books in the world, a...

acceptance, balanced life, contentment, courage, disappointment, fear, living for real, persistence, perspective / 31.12.2014

Call me a curmudgeon, but I don’t always enjoy New Year’s Eve. I can stay up until midnight with the best of them (last night for instance, I watched Fame High on Netflix and read a young adult novel after everyone else went to bed – that’s right! party animal!), but when it’s obligatory, I feel my rebellious nature take over and want to curl up in bed after dinner.   I think part of my ambivalence comes from the practice of making resolutions. I am a goal-setter so this...

kids, life is good, marriage, parenting, persistence / 13.11.2013

My beautiful daughter had attached a pink silk flower to the top of her head so she would be visible amongst the other penguin-attired, middle school orchestra members. Standard issue white shirt with black bottoms clogged the stage. When I saw the flower appear, I knew where to keep my focus.   Lights dimmed and a hush fell. The silent crowd awaited the first piece of music.   The quiet was thick. But then, the darkness was interrupted. Lightning bugs appeared to dance in the auditorium.   The all-too-familiar glow of handheld...