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August 27, 2018
So Big, So Small

It was a February day When your dad came by, before going away A U-Haul truck in the driveway The day it was suddenly real I told you not to come outside But you saw that truck And you smiled so wide A real live truck in your driveway We let you sit behind the […]

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August 24, 2018
The Stages of The Carpool Lane, and also I Wrote a New Book

The carpool lane might be one of the world’s best arguments for homeschooling.  If there's one thing that most consistently makes me impatient, or straight up makes me lose my mind, it's the morning carpool lane at my kids' school.  If you could be a fly on the windshield (which is admittedly a gross comparison) […]

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June 28, 2018
Why I Won't Get the Award for Mother of the Year

Throwing it back to a post from 2008,when my babies were two and almost-one, I was sleepless and underfed, Robb and I were married and sweetly naive, and I was beginning my track record of forever disqualifying myself for Mother of the Year.   At least some things stay consistent.   * * * In the last […]

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June 11, 2018
When "ish" is Enough

I sent two boys off to summer camp this morning. One boy was locked and loaded, ready for every single thing about this adventure.  The other boy was "ish."  "Ish" is the answer he has given me every time I have asked him if he's ready, excited, or packed.  "Eh. Ish." I suspect that he's […]

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May 24, 2018
Laughably Insufficient: To Thank a Teacher

Nothing feels quite so insufficient as giving a teacher a year-end gift.  The greatest thanks are the hardest to articulate. The biggest, deepest gifts are the hardest to give. There is just so much in it, behind it, wrapped up in it. It can never be enough. I wrote this the year that Tucker finished […]

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May 12, 2018
When Mother's Day Isn't Happy

"Happy Mother's Day. Happy, happy, happiest of days, happy Mother's Day." That's what they're all saying this weekend, the TV, radio, Hallmark commercials: Happy Mother's Day. Mother's Day is presented as the climactic holiday for all things maternal, the icing on the cake of motherhood. And for many people, perhaps this is true. It's Mom's […]

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May 11, 2018
Mission Hills on Mother's Day: You Can Do This

  I'll be there all weekend - with Peter, books, hugs, words, and heaps of Love for all the moms.   Mission Hills Church Locations: Littleton Campus 620 Southpark Drive Littleton, CO 80120 Service times: Saturday 5:00 Sunday: 8, 9:15, 11am Dove Valley Campus 14076 E Briarwood Ave. Centennial, CO 80112 Sunday 10:30 Mission Hills […]

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April 30, 2018
Vintage Technology

Tucker left this morning for Outdoor Ed, the rite of passage for sixth graders. And so my heart will live outside my body for the next three days. I don't think I'm an overprotective mom, and it's not like it's his first time away from home. But there's something about watching him blend in with […]

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April 25, 2018
The Only Real Advice for New Parents

"What advice do you have for the parents-to-be?" Well, I mean, I could go on and on. There are a million decisions to make of every size, shape, and color, from the complexities of vaccines to the trivialities of pacifiers. From "Let your baby cry it out," to "Snuggle them to sleep until sixth grade." […]

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April 23, 2018
Whatever Day

My kids have so many days off school this week. An Assessment Day, a Professional Day, a Comp Day, and the Walk-Out protest that so many teachers are participating in that the whole district closed down. (I have mixed feelings about this. Most of us do.) It's like Spring Break revisited. Since the boys each […]

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March 23, 2018
Silly On Purpose

We are ridiculous on a regular basis. Most recently, I surprised our family with a new game: Caught On Tape. It's inspired by clips like this from Jimmy Fallon, and it's kind of a verbal volleyball. You get a category, and the first person who can't give an answer gets their face taped in a […]

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March 5, 2018
Um, *What Kind* of Hearing Loss?

"Do you have any other concerns you'd like for me to take a look at?" the doctor asked. We were there for a well-child checkup, and that's your one chance to cover everything. "Yes, I'm a little curious about his hearing." "Do you want me to refer him to a hearing specialist?" "Oh, I thought […]

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February 21, 2018
"There's a Girl in the Castle."

We had a *girl* over for dinner last night. She was Tucker's Valentine last year, and she moved to a different time zone at the end of the school year, to everyone's great sadness. When they decided to spend her winter break in Denver, Tuck landed an afternoon and evening on Her calendar. It was […]

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February 14, 2018
Put it in the Pie Hole, Valentine.

I chose to be a hands-off, loosely-nearby supervisor of the Valentines boxes and cards this year. As Jen Hatmaker wrote last night, "Sending all my love to you mamas still slogging it out at the dining room table. I can't explain why your kid can't figure out how to spell 'Christopher' after four mess ups […]

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February 12, 2018
They Call it "Ultra-Mom Mode."

We were ice skating, which is a wonder to behold in itself. We are a cluster of dreams and fantasies. The rink we go to is outdoors and under twinkly white lights, which is pretty much all I need in life. If there are twinkly white lights, I'm having all of it. I skated over […]

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February 2, 2018
Big Questions over French Fries

"Hey, Mom," he said, dipping his French fry into ketchup. "At school we were talking about how, on average, men are taller and stronger than women, and they die sooner. So I told them, good, that means we get to see God sooner." "I suppose that's true for some people." We were getting chicken nuggets […]

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January 26, 2018
Middle-School-Cafeteria Confidence

Well, I'm about to be a Middle School Parent. We went to the Parents' Information Night this week, to dip our toes into the unknown waters of this next life stage. Buckle up, warriors. It's almost game time. Peter and I parked the car and followed the general flow of traffic into a building we've […]

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September 26, 2017
School Mornings and My Friendly Disposition: A Time Lapse.

I start the morning with such a friendly disposition. I promise you, I do. "Good morning, guys," I say with my gentle morning voice. I scratch their backs as they stir and open their eyes. I even give them morning warnings: "You don't have to get up quite yet, but pretty soon. You can sleep […]

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August 7, 2017
Odes to Family Camp and Laundry and School Supplies

We are home from a whirlwind summer.  When I say "whirlwind," it may or may not indicate that my suitcase still holds some miscellaneous items from three trips ago. We finished our summer with a grand exclamation mark: A week at Family Camp.  It was six days of hikes and waterslides and volleyball and rock […]

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June 8, 2017
Watch for Life's Home Run Hitters

Tucker hit a home run last night. I nearly lost my voice and my mind, watching my player round the bases and slide right into home.  Watching Peter coach him at third base, rounding his arm to signal our boy to run straight home.  Go, go, go. I sure didn't know I was a baseball […]

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