Our Next Move: The Home My Children Will Remember

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The Big Move Tomorrow we are moving down just down the street into the home my sons will hopefully remember most as their childhood home. I am anxious and excited. My husband is handy and he tries to do a lot himself to cut costs. I have been going from… Read more »

Beth Dahleen Acrostic

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I had to write an acrostic poem to my name in seventh grade and in my years teaching, I often had my students do so. So, today I’m writing one and trying to find adjectives that somewhat define me (within the limitation of starting with particular letters!). Blessed – Life… Read more »

Love and Marriage: Conscious Coupling

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Ups and Downs If anyone tells you marriage is easy and that it’s a walk on the beach when you’ve found your soul-mate, they are lying or they are some rarity. I have seen a lot of marriages in action between my family, friends, and my own. When you are… Read more »

Late Again! A New Determination to Be On Time

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Hold That Bus This morning I was late getting my son to the bus stop. I ran with my son to the stop and the driver kindly waited for me, but with a somber face, instead of his usual smile. I know the driver reprimands the kids once they are… Read more »

Social Media and Blogs: The Need to Be Seen, Heard, and Acknowledged

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I confess: I am needy.  Today I ask myself: Why Facebook? Why WordPress? Why do I incessantly take pictures of my kids? I am needy. Now, I’m not needy in a way that my friends notice and I am not obnoxious with selfies (okay, so I’ve taken a few), but… Read more »

City Mom Visits Country Mom

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Yesterday was a breath of fresh air. A mom of two young boys, like me, seemed to have a parallel life to mine as we run into to each often at the pool or park. She invited me over for a playdate casually the day prior and I obliged pleased… Read more »

Living with Gratitude: Six Stories of Hardship

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I am inspired, grateful, and humbled today. I am thinking about the hardships that people in my life have overcome or continue to battle. There are six stories that are weighing heavily on my mind today. The first is about a grandmother of cute five year old, fair-skinned girl I… Read more »

Happiness is…

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Happiness is… Laughter, mine and from my children, family, and friends The exchange of kindness and humor Playing with my children My children playing nicely together Watching my husband and children playing together A romantic date with my husband A fun night out or weekend away with friends and family… Read more »