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On Losing a Beloved Pet

Our puppy turns 1 this month, and celebrating his place in our family has made me reflect on the losses we’ve had as well. This is a post I wrote more than 2 years ago, originally...

Yes, Virginia, There Is Still Magic without Santa

Our family does not celebrate the tradition of Santa at Christmas, at least not how many Americans do. For our family, he is a fun character, like Buzz Lightyear or Lightning McQueen. The...

Children of the Blog

Last night my daughters Hannah and Abby and my son Eli and I went on an impromptu picnic in the park. We brought along a basket packed with delicious food, but before anyone could sit down,...

Oh, How My Mornings Have Changed!

For the four years my oldest daughter was in high school, every school morning began sometime between 4:30-5:30 am. That’s because in our church, high school students attend a class...

I Use My Grandmother’s Dishes

Some people have heirloom dishes and keep them in a cupboard, or maybe even packed away in boxes. When I was given pieces from my grandmother’s set of dishes, I knew right away that I...

Wordless Wednesday: All Together Now

{My three sisters, mom, and I were all together this past weekend for my twin’s wedding. A rare treat! ps: if you don’t already know…can you guess which one is my...

Wordless Wednesday: A Special Houseguest

{look what we get to ‘test drive’ for a month! it’s a gorgeous HP Touchsmart 610 PC. it’s been out of the box for 10 minutes and we’re in love! and yes, my...

My 9yo’s Tell-All Poem

Sifting through my kids’ end-of-term schoolwork usually ends in a huge pile of “To Be Recyled” papers, but sometimes I find a few gems among the assignments. Take, for...