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New Year, Same Me 

The second day of the New Year was the last day of winter break. Since we had been traveling and visiting family during the holidays, we were excited to spend a full day in our pjs, watching movies. We had the movies all picked out, starting with what my kids call “Stage Encanto” (Or Encanto…

Hurry Up and Wait

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, my daughter and I went on a quick errand to the craft store. As we walked in, my daughter grabbed my hand and pulled me back. “We can’t go in there,” she said. “Why?” I asked, looking around for danger, “What’s wrong?” “That!” she proclaimed, pointing to the display window.…

Mama On Boards

“No! Don’t go!” my children each clung to a leg.  I threw my travel mug and keys on the counter, making my hands available to put one palm on each kid’s soft hair. “I’m sorry, loves. I want to stay, but I have to go to this meeting.”  My 5 year old daughter looked up at me,…

Writing Prompts

This week I had the privilege to attend a writing workshop at Montreat Conference Center. Every day, I met with a group of 10 writers of all ages and backgrounds. It was a joy to gather with other writers, hear their unique voice come through their pieces, and be stretched in my own. I haven’t…

Kindergarten Ready?

This morning, my daughter had everything ready to go. She picked out the perfect dress (garnet and lace — just the right amount of style and comfort). She selected her comfort shoes (sparkly gold with a pink bow and light-up rhinestones). She packed her brand new Minnie Mouse backpack. She put the “ready confetti” from…

Don’t Fake It, Just Make It

“What in the world is this?” my daughter asked holding up a picture she had found on my phone. “Is that Cinderella?” “That’s the inside of Cinderella,” I said. “She looks craaaaaazy!” The 5-year-old proclaimed. This particular Cinderella did look craaaaaazy on the inside, which is precisely why I had taken the picture of the…

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Balloons

“Nooooooooo,” my 2-year-old son screamed into the sky! “MY BAWOOOON! Come back!” “Well, that balloon’s up in space now,” his big sister said matter of factly. I just stood there, increasingly frustrated, holding onto two small hands, a drink carrier of milkshakes, and a heavy diaper bag that was slowly slipping down my arm. “MY…

Let It GO-VID

As I edited pictures from our recent Walt Disney World vacation, I paused at a picture of our 2-year-old son from our “rest day.” I hit the share button and sent it to my husband: “Pretty sure that’s when he had COVID,” I typed. He wrote back: “yeah … but how could we have known?”…

Vaccination Day!

“Can you count how many Dory pictures are on that wall?” The nurse asked my just-turned-5-year-old daughter as she tugged up her sleeve. “I see one … two…” she counted. “That’s it! You’re vaccinated!” the amazingly slick pediatric nurse announced. “But I only got to two Dories!” came the little voice, a bit disappointed to…

Why? Because I Like You

It was one of those mornings. Both kids were crying in different rooms. My husband and I, on the other hand, were laughing at the whole charade. There was nothing else to do. Why were these two precious children crying, you ask? One was face down on the kitchen floor wailing: “I wanna go to…

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