When You Find Your Family’s Heartbeat

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My husband and I had gone camping as kids growing up, and even been camping once as a couple before kids. But we never took the camping plunge as a family of six, before last month. And when the time came to prep camp bins and pack up a duffle bag and load up the […]

How the morning drop off changed our family

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We really had no idea how our lives would fully change when we made the decision to switch from homeschooling to public school last fall. Of course we expected plenty of change, but we couldn’t foresee all the fires we would need to put out, adjust, or get used to. One significant thing that changed […]

On being a mother for the first time

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It was 2002 and I distinctly remember sitting on the beach in the Spring, a good 6 months before my first baby was expected. I was attempting to take in the fact that I was not going to have another Spring with only my husband and I. Not even another Christmas. I couldn’t fathom my […]

On having man hands

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“I’m bleeding mommy. I hammered my hand.” I realized this weekend that my boys are getting man-hands. He had me examine the tiny wound, rather unimpressed with it himself but, hey, there was blood, so we checked him over for anything to fret over. But that’s when I noticed it. His hands are rough and […]

On coming back

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I wrapped my long hair up into a top bun in a soft scrunchie because I secretly still love them in the privacy of my own home. I laid back onto the pillow in rest for what seemed like the first time in months. I tried to fall asleep but my brain would have none […]

How she never gives up.

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She decided to stop being a great sleeper recently and while I’ve been contemplating a trip across the country with her I’m realizing just how not-easy my easy baby has become. She is in that tricky pre-walking stage where she wants to be all things to all people and that means wanting to GO GO […]

For him.

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Dear Jacob, When we first started “going out” in 1993, did we ever imagine that the world would last past 1999? The 2000′s seemed space-age back then. Did we think about being this old, pushing 40 (yes, you are) and celebrating 14 years of marriage? I don’t know that we thought about the trials so […]

In Real Life

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I turned 34 a few weeks ago. It was one of those surreal times because birthdays used to be magical and sortof epic and now they’re just there. A little wink from him and a few homemade cards and some pancakes, it’s all I need now. Then we spent a week in North Myrtle Beach […]

Go Learn. Go Discover.

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You who are tiny and strong. You who are brave. Do you know how unique you are? You are the generation that will never NOT know the internet. That? Is special. It means that since your birthed day, you have had an epic amount of possibilities available to you. You don’t know that making a […]