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April 5, 2020
The Thing about a Parade

I've been in my share of parades. Probably more than my share, actually Marching band parades, down the main street and next to the fire station of my home town, ringing in the glorious mark of Memorial Day. (You have to love a town that has a Memorial Day Parade.) Halloween parades with a whole […]

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September 12, 2019
I Guess I Didn't Realize

Scrolling through the photos on my iPhone, Tyler saw a candid picture of him and me at my 40th birthday party. He was shocked. "Mom, look this picture. What happened? I look so grown up." Yes, my love.   So grown up. The line of your jaw. The crack in your voice. The breadth of your […]

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August 18, 2017
Marshmallows and Subtlety

"Mom, do you see that woman? The one with all the ingredients for Rice Krispie treats in her cart? Do you know who she is?" I look around the grocery store, giving a cursory glance to carts with marshmallows. "No, I don't know her." "She's gone now. But I know who she is. She's a […]

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February 16, 2016
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 had done all the talking and listening I was going to do with a happy heart, and they were testing God’s protection in their lives by pushing me to my very limits. I mean, come […]

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April 13, 2015
Good Parenting is Freaking Hard

You guys, I'm exhausted. We are limping into a new week around here. Good parenting is freaking hard. When I posted this throw-away status on Facebook, my friend Laura responded, "This is why I aim for mediocrity in parenting." Seriously, it's tempting. This gig is not for the faint of heart. I'm not going to […]

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January 20, 2015
Made in 1955

My phone rang a few minutes after 6:00 this morning. Since it is January, it felt like 3:30 am. It was my dad. As soon as my mind registered that it was him, and that today is his birthday - his great big splashy 60th birthday, no less - I felt sure he was calling […]

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September 23, 2014
Santa and Leprechauns: The Truth Revealed at Our House

"Mommy, are Leprechauns real, or do the moms and dads really just do all that stuff?" Okay, two things. First of all, when he says 'all that stuff', I can only assume he's referring to the magical things leprechauns do in the homes of his classmates whose lives are always better than his.  On a […]

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October 23, 2013
Legos. Markers. Library books. Angry Birds. And Grace.

I cleaned the boys' bedrooms. Yes, I know they should clean them on their own. There are many things they should do. Add this to the list. I laid down the ultimatum a couple of weeks ago - you have an afternoon to clean your room. If you choose not to, then I will clean […]

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October 15, 2013
Hope for My Girls

He had waited in line to share his words with me. (It always humbles me when people will stand in line to do anything with me.) He said, "I'm proud of you. And I know that sounds strange, because I really don't know you at all. But I have two daughters, and ever since I […]

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July 14, 2013
Oblivious? Or Choosing Not To Notice...

It's not that I don't know that someone else should pick up the dog poop around here. It's not that I don't know that responsibility builds character. I know boys should fold clothes. I know boys should sort laundry. I know boys should make their beds in the morning. I know boys should take their […]

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May 17, 2013
Harvest Entitlement

"Boys, I bought new summer shirts for you. You can choose which one you'd like to wear to school today." There comes a time when their search for seasonal clothing isn't about tidiness. Although it might be about laundry. Meh. That's not what this post is about. "Oh, I love these. Thank you, Mommy." "And […]

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April 23, 2013
Foregone Conclusion

"Tricia, you seem to write and think and talk about marriage as if it's definitely going to happen. Like it's a foregone conclusion." Actually, that's exactly what it is. I know I'll marry again. I know this with an absurd sense of clarity and assurance. "So does that mean you're seeing someone?" Nope. But one […]

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March 24, 2013
Cut, Twirl, or Eat With Your Hands

We have Red Plate traditions in my family.  The Red Plate is exactly as it sounds. I imagine there's a great many of you who have eaten on the very Red Plate in this picture. In our family, you may be Red Plated if you have had a particularly extraordinary day, if you've achieved a […]

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February 22, 2013
Strep Never Sounded So Good

Tucker had a lump sticking out the side of his neck.  Walnut sized.  Noticeable and concerning. Very concerning. I tried to minimize the concern, since Tucker's mind always goes to extreme diagnoses and imminent death.  But I can't say mine didn't go there too.  And I wonder if he'll ever get to a place in […]

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September 28, 2012
Be Gone, Pieces and Parts.

A few years ago, we added a decal to the back window: one of those you've perhaps noticed on the car in front of you at a stoplight.  A family replica displayed in an array of flipflops or cartoon charicatures or Star Wars figures. Ours was a series of four stick figures, each one wearing […]

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