THIS

Something has been grabbing my brain lately with the most inexplicable sensation of pleasure, and I hear myself exclaiming: “This!”  I yelled as I ran through the trees on the mud run with my best friend. “This!” I sighed as I sat in the sand with my husband and baby, while the girls built castles […]

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Girls, Don’t Read My Blog

It’s not worth it.  It’s not worth missing out on something way better.  I can crack a joke, and give you a bump of encouragement, but I cannot change your life.  I cannot defeat the powers of darkness in your world, and I cannot wipe every tear from your eye. That would be Jesus. If […]

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It Really is Hilarious 

  You see this picture?  Aren’t I just glowing?  Oh thanks, you’re too kind.  I came across it when going through pics on my computer, gathering a batch to develop.  Because I’m old-school like that.  Hard copy photo albums are my jam.  I want to be able to pull an old dusty album from the […]

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All the Advice I Didn’t Give

They didn’t ask, and I didn’t tell.  Well, much, anyway. The couple stood in my living room.  Well, The wife did, bent over the chair, eyeing it with fierce delight.  The husband smiled at her from the doorway, approvingly. I sold my rocking chair that day. To a couple, five-ish years younger than me. They […]

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Do it THROUGH

    During a horrendous rainstorm this past winter, I stepped out of my car, and was instantly soaked.  Grabbing my umbrella, I opened it just in time for the wind to blow it inside out.  Running around the car, I threw open the door, grabbed the baby’s car seat, stretched the cover over it, […]

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A Stephanie Thing

  Everything hurt.  I walked out the door with the baby on my hip, wincing as I hitched him up higher. “Wait Mom!”  I called out to my mother-in-law.  She had already closed the car door, so I waved emphatically until she saw me. “Oh Honey,” She said slowly getting out of the car, “I’m […]

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Post-Belly Shopping

  Good luck, sister.  You’ll need it. That’s about the best advice I’ve received.  And it wasn’t even given.  It’s what I’ve inserted in the vacuous silence on the subject of post-partum clothes shopping. I’m about 5 months out now from having our bouncing baby boy.  He is all squishy rolls and cheeky grins these […]

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This Too is Life: An Answer to the Pessimist

 Today, the sun was out. It was out yesterday too. I’m not quite sure about the day before that, but I’m definitely sure about today. The sunrise turned the peripheral clouds pink, and the air was crisp like lettuce, but did not bite, like an ice cube. The optimist says, “See! I told you the […]

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One Sock at a Time

  There is another one. I just opened the front door and stepped into my living room.  My eyes scanned the edges and corners of the floor. There is another, along the hall.  And there, under the chair are two more.  Rumpled and dirty and inside out.  The small white bits of cloth blown and […]

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Simple Sucks: It’s Supposed To

  But it looks beautiful.  A single cup of tea.  Atop a bare wood table.  With nothing but a sunrise out the window.  Idyllic, right?  I’d think so. But then experience it.  It feels like withdrawals.  The simple tea has no sugar in it.  Just hot, acrid, brown tea. Simple.  The table is made of […]

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