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13 Ways to Live When You’re Only 13

Dear Daughter Turning 13 Today, Yesterday I couldn’t reach the paper plates on the top shelf of the tall cabinet and you could. Yesterday you lay in bed with me, snuggled up like you were still five, but we read Harry Potter instead of Llama Llama. Yesterday, you were still twelve. You were still considered… Continue reading 13 Ways to Live When You’re Only 13

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When Gilmore Girls Makes Your First Day of School Look Not So Bad

We did it. Lined ’em all up on the front stoop (it’s not a porch though Joshua says he’ll build me one someday) and took the obligatory First Day picture and took them all to new schools. Yeah, I’m a homeschool quitter. I love a lot of things about homeschool. I love the freedom to… Continue reading When Gilmore Girls Makes Your First Day of School Look Not So Bad

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When You Really Don’t Want to Run the Race Anymore

Had one of those pinnacle moments of motherhood this weekend. One of those times where I thought–this moment is it. The choice I make, the choice she  makes, in THIS moment will define how I parent her for the rest of her life. Actually, now that I think about it, I’ve had more than one moment… Continue reading When You Really Don’t Want to Run the Race Anymore

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The Not To-Do List

This post was inspired by the warmup I gave myself commenting on my friend Hannah’s post today. You should know Hannah. She tall and gorgeous and we bond over caffeine and writers conferences and having unplanned pregnancies that send us to our knees. This is a common trend in most of my deep and abiding friendships.… Continue reading The Not To-Do List

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Definitely Not All That and a Bag of Chips

Let me tell you one of my absolute favorite reasons for attending writers conferences. Not only do I get to hang with my awesome friends whose minds work a good bit like mine, not only do I get to take classes from really smart people who become awesome friends, and not only do I get… Continue reading Definitely Not All That and a Bag of Chips

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Big Little Lies, Milestones Testing, and Trump

Sometimes I’m not really sure what I think about this world we’re living in. Sometimes I just want to take my kids to a farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere and finally own that granola tag a college professor gave me years ago. Sometimes I want to keep them home with me where the… Continue reading Big Little Lies, Milestones Testing, and Trump

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Why I Can’t Coupon,Wrangle Laundry, and Write a Book at the Same Time

This week alone my three-year-old dressed himself three times. Each time we had to negotiate a change of shirt or shorts or underwear because he was dressing himself from the dirty laundry pile on the floor. We ran out of milk, lunch meat, bread, peanut butter, and fruit all on the same day. I packed… Continue reading Why I Can’t Coupon,Wrangle Laundry, and Write a Book at the Same Time