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22 May
2017
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No Ugly Crying for Me

teen earning an award at school

Warning: I’ve become a spontaneous crier. In fairness to myself, I’ve always been a crier, but lately, my tears seemingly flow on a daily basis. I can’t keep them at bay and really have stopped trying. I’ve promised our children I’ll stop myself before I’m at the ugly cry level, but that’s as much as I can pinkie swear about.

Thankfully, the tears are happy(ish) for the most part. We’re finishing up another school year, my ninth as a mom, and transitioning our oldest from middle school to high school. He’s capable and ready for this next step, but I’m struggling with wrapping my head around the idea that we’ll have a freshman in high school in just 10 days. I don’t know how the math even works for this. I don’t feel old enough to be the mother of a high school student, and I’m pretty sure that kid just learned to walk last month. Time is full of nonsense.

I’m grateful for theses healthy, happy, (slightly hormonal) children. They truly are the best gift and also the most aggravating. Recently I ordered a product that came with directions only in Mandarin. Parenting is like trying to figure out how that tech product worked. There’s a lot of guess work, hoping for the best and praying that what I just did won’t ruin everything.

I watch our four kids and my heart might burst simply from them being mine and just existing. Tell me something good about one of them, and I will cry, just ask several people tonight at the 8th grade award ceremony. I cry for equal parts of joy for whatever they’ve accomplished, relief that others see how fantastic they are and sadness that we’re catapulting through this phase of life at warp speed.

I cannot stop the tears. You probably shouldn’t go in for the hug if I look emotional. Hugging triggers my ugly cry reflex, and I don’t want to break my promise.


 
40
By     |    Feb 20, 2017
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40

Forty years…that seems like a lot of life and yet not much at all. I won’t shed tears over this milestone. I’ve been celebrating this birthday since last month when we visited California. We spent my birthday weekend snowshoeing in Grand Teton National Park. I said goodbye to my 30s and hello to this new decade with multiple adventures. Growing older has taught me to make experiences happen, and I’m abundantly grateful to have another year of living written in... [Read More]

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Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park
By     |    Aug 22, 2015
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Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park

Stand at any number of overlooks in Bryce Canyon National Park gazing at the colorful landscape of hoodoos and you’ll understand the definition of breathtaking. The shades of red, orange, white and gray layered on each other seem unreal. We stood at Sunset Point watching shadows shift and change among the hoodoos as the sun neared the horizon and knew we had to be down in the canyon. Our first hike in the park was down the switchbacks of Wall Street. You... [Read More]

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DIY: T-shirt Quilt
By     |    Dec 18, 2014
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DIY: T-shirt Quilt

I appreciate a good craft project. I swear I can hear my glue gun and sewing machine calling to me when they’ve been neglected. My husband will often come home to find items painted or rearranged. Our kids enjoy being involved with sports, school and clubs. Over the years, they’ve amassed quite the collection of t-shirts from various organizations. They eventually are relegated to the pajama drawer. I saved outgrown shirts thinking I would find the perfect keepsake project. Two... [Read More]

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The Christmas Gift of a Good Day
By     |    Dec 17, 2014
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The Christmas Gift of a Good Day

The only things missing from today were rainbows and unicorns. Every nook and cranny of my day was filled to the brim with goodness. I wish I could bottle this feeling for those days when crawling in bed seems the only viable option. I know I shouldn’t feel the need to apologize or justify my good fortune, but I know others whose day fell far short of anything resembling good. I’ve been stuck in lackluster existence lately. There are too... [Read More]

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Enjoying a Needed Dose of Nothing
By     |    Nov 17, 2014
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Enjoying a Needed Dose of Nothing

I stood staring at the calendar Friday night. Something was wrong. There was nothing written in the Saturday box. I told myself to think. Think. Think. THINK! Obviously I had forgotten something. There is never a square on the calendar without something written. There is always some place one of us is required to be or some task needing attention on or before a certain date. Saturday was gloriously blank and not because I had forgotten something. It was a... [Read More]

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Rejuvenation from Prayer
By     |    Nov 10, 2014
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Rejuvenation from Prayer

I believe in the power of prayer. A gathering of people praying for the same cause has the ability to bring me to tears. People praying and laying hands on each other renews my spirits. Community is powerful. I went to church this past Sunday morning assuming the motions would be the same. I know where to sit. I know about how long praise will last, followed by any reminders, a prayer, a sermon, a prayer and dismissal with a... [Read More]

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Love Notes From My Children
By     |    May 12, 2014
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Love Notes From My Children

There’s a drawer in my nightstand overflowing with love in the form of construction paper, markers and crayons. It’s where I keep the love notes from my children. I find the carefully written words and brightly colored pictures far too precious to store away under a bed or tucked in a folder. I sifted through the drawer yesterday, searching for the cards specifically dedicated to Mother’s Day.  I gingerly opened each handmade memento with the care of an archivist. I... [Read More]

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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift
By     |    May 7, 2014
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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift

This week is set aside to celebrate teachers. My children are blessed by the amazing, loving, dedicated teachers in their lives. A simple teacher appreciation gift to say thank you seems inadequate for how grateful I am. Our nearest family lives two hours away, and we rarely see them. There are teachers and other staff at the boys’ elementary school who are part of our family. I’m grateful we found a place that not only educates and grows my children... [Read More]

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Connecting Reason to Christmas Traditions
By     |    Dec 2, 2013
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Connecting Reason to Christmas Traditions

If you’re in Walmart and you hear someone belting out Christmas songs as she shops, that would be me. I honestly forget other people can hear me. I’m not humming the tunes either. I’m singing like I’m alone in the car. Singing carols is one of my preferred avenues for spreading Christmas cheer. I apologize in advance. I feel like a horse out of the starting gate when Thanksgiving week arrives and the holiday season begins. I’m giddy I tell... [Read More]

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DIY LEGO Advent Calendar
By     |    Nov 16, 2013
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DIY LEGO Advent Calendar

We’ve bought LEGO advent calendars in the past, which our children enjoyed. The problem is the expense of the calendars. Spending $30-$40 on an advent calendar isn’t normally in the budget. Last year, I decided to make our own LEGO advent calendar. The kids loved the idea, so I made another one this year. I began searching store advertisements the last couple of weeks looking for a LEGO set with 200-250 pieces and cost around $15-$18. Last week, I found the perfect set.... [Read More]

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