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A Bitter Cold Day in January

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It was sunny and gorgeous, like most days in Colorado, but it was January and a bitter cold front had brought in single digit temps overnight. Forecasters promised warmer days, but we wouldn’t see them for a while. The day had finally come for us to leave Children’s Hospital of Denver, a place our family […]

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31 Sure Fire Ways to Screw Up Your Kids

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone to counseling. If you didn’t raise your hand, it’s not because your parents were perfect or that you actually have your schtuff together. You either didn’t raise your hand because: you’re lying; you didn’t hear the question; you were raised with strict religious, intellectual, or spiritual shaming messages […]

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“I Love Her More…”

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  I can’t sleep. I’m not sure if it’s the hormone expressions of a 46 year old woman, the fact that I had to use the bathroom, a text from a friend in the middle of the night asking for prayer, or the fact that my 7 year old son has been sleeping with me […]

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Life Interrupted

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When I was in high school I used to keep a daily calendar…to be specific, I had a DayTimer. It was black leather with a zipper, totally official and tabbed and color-coded. And every single day over the course of a month, I wrote down and planned what outfit I would wear for the week, […]

Life with Ryan

Eyelashes…

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…or my alternate title, “Why I Would Suck at Being a Jew.” Ho. Lee. Smokes. Folks. It’s the hours which lead up to dance parties, tooth brushing, stories, and prayers that have led to the rapid grays growing haphazardly out of my head.  These grays all started appearing a little over 3 years ago. True […]

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Top Ten Thanks

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Every night, unless he is out of town, Jason and I are a tight team in the bedtime, tucking in the kids, routine.  At this stage, Ryan wants me most times and I won’t lie when I say, I’m eating up every single, “I want Mommy!” moment I can get because I know at some […]

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All Up in Your Crazy

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“I will combat my stress and heated difficult parenting moments with trips to the toilet. I read a really darling short story about a woman who locked herself in her master bathroom happily for the weekend.  It was her own special stay-cation, complete with Orangina and crackers. I may have to try that.  Don’t tell […]

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History in Pictures

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Happy 20th Anniversary, Sweetheart!  20 years.  I wrote a “Husband List” before we even met and started dating.  It was 6 pages long.  No pressure, right?!  I think it was the “thing” to do in Christendom way back when, now hidden in a journal somewhere in the basement.   On it were things about integrity, […]

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It’s Important for you to Know

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It’s important for you to know I don’t always hate myself. It’s important because it is the truth. And “hate” is a big word, one which isn’t truly accurate for how I feel day in and day out.  But for those of you who struggle with the person in the mirror on occasion, you know […]

children of God

A Whole Lotta Tongue in Cheek

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Recently someone I know posted a picture of himself being baptized as an infant.  His caption had some sort of smart ass sentiment about “water boarding” and “for shame…I was just a baby.”  It got me thinking.  I started attending church at the same age he was in the picture.  That was about 41 years […]