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The Miracle of a Little Boy’s Lunch

Maybe it’s because I am forever a hostess at heart, and wherever there is a party there is also food [...]
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He Didn’t Have to Be

When a single mom goes out on a date with somebody new It always winds up feeling more like a [...]
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Get Drunk on the Lovely of it All

It is Wedding Week. I am in the last seven days of one of the most sacred seasons of my [...]
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He said, “Now Tear It Up.” But I Couldn’t.

“On the slips of paper in front of you, I’d like for you to write down your top five priorities. [...]
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In The End: The Freedom of Parenting

When our kids were little, we were so uptight. It was so important to us that our kids do the [...]
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Better than a Thousand Cups of Haagen Dazs

We were in that post-bedtime crazy-making part of the day. I had given them all I’m going to give, I [...]
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Single Parenting, Dating, and Boundaries

I’ve never introduced the boys to anyone I’ve dated throughout the last five years because I was so deeply committed [...]
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The Heart of Joseph

Jesus grew up without his biological dad. Joseph married Mary, knowing she was pregnant with a child that was not [...]
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The Many Pieces of This Beautiful Mess

There’s just so much to us. Legos on the floor. Seatbelts. Spilled Gatorade. Unfinished homework. Incomplete grocery lists. Leftovers for [...]
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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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Truth in the Greeting Card Variety

I mean, really.  That’s pretty much what it comes down to.
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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’m Teaching and I Really Want To See You There

Ever feel like you just have to pretend you’ve got this thing together? Pretend you’re brave? Pretend you’re normal? Tricia [...]
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How To Talk To Your Children About Grief, Loss, and Death

My husband died when my children were three and five years old. I realize that’s a sudden and abrupt way [...]
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A Love Note To Single Moms

I never intended to be a single mom, but then I guess not many of us in this tribe aimed [...]
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This One Important Thing

To read this article in its entirety with PJ Parenting, click here. I was drinking iced coffees at Starbucks with [...]
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Some Things Do Not Stop Being

The subject of this blog post asked that I take it down based on the personal backlash he has received. [...]
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Children’s Hospital Is Like EPCOT

Tucker and I spent yesterday at Children’s Hospital, which is in itself a really beautiful place.  I spent the day [...]
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I Accidentally Dated a Drug Dealer: The Flirty Side of Marijuana

We had been on several really great dates before I realized he was keeping a secret. Whenever I complimented him [...]
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