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Thousand Kindnesses

A Thousand Small, Glittering Kindnesses

Today, I’ve been thinking about the time when we were on a layover at the airport and a young man [...]
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“Favored.”

My first husband died eleven years ago, on the morning of December 23, 2010. In the days to follow, I [...]
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I Have This Theory.

I have this theory.  It’s tested but unproven, and I’ll never know if it’s true as long as I’m on [...]
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Two Boys, Two Bikes, Two Dads

Sometimes it’s fitting to revisit the best truths. Today seems like a day for the best and the truths. This [...]
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All There Is: A Word to Broken Hearts on Easter Weekend

Good Friday.  It’s the day of sadness and loss. If your heart is broken, this day may be far more [...]
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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 [...]
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The Bread and the Wine… and the Root Beer Float

Saturday was Robb’s birthday, so we went to Red Robin to celebrate and remember. Because Bottomless Root Beer Floats. “We’re [...]
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Hummingbirds, Pennies, and Verizon Texts

On the day that Robb died, my mom’s phone became Grief’s Grand Central Station. She spent the whole day on [...]
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Someone Else’s Wife

Hi, Robb, I’m a wife.  Again. I’ve written to you lots over the last five-and-a-half years, over our two thousand [...]
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Thank You, Little Black Dress.

I am reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It’s a revolutionary approach to decluttering where instead of clearing [...]
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Between Past Pain and Redeemed Love: December 22

Words are living things in my imagination. Some of them are bubble cartoon fonts or rigid block letters or splashy [...]
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Earthquakes, Aftershocks, and Falling in Love

Falling in love is a little bit terrifying. And sometimes a lot bit. Remember that story of the morning when [...]
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“Mom, Will You Still Love My Dad?”

“Mom, I just have one question.” He was in the backseat of the car, still consistently the safest place for [...]
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There Are Things I Haven’t Told You

I have a photo of the Last Halloween. The boys are five and three years old, and they are dressed [...]
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There Will Be No New Memories

I cannot speak for all of us who have lost someone.  But I do think I can speak for most [...]
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Remembering the First Ever Mother-Son Flashlight Party

I found this little ditty hiding in the archives.  Look at this very sweet story. * * * Robb was [...]
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Laundry, Socks, Sheets, and “Nipples.”

My mind does funny things when I’m folding laundry.  It’s like all these little blends of cotton evoke some kind [...]
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I Will Miss You Always

    On a day with so few words, this poem offers the perfect ones. Happy birthday, Robb.
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Fifteen Years.

Fifteen years.  That’s a lot of years.  This would have been a milestone anniversary for us, I like to think.  [...]
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He Threw Down the Gauntlet on the Breckenridge River

Robb and I were in our twenties, and our children were merely a far-away-maybe-someday hope. It was just the two [...]
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