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It’s a Losing Battle

I’m fighting a losing battle here, people. There has been a whole lot of bickering going on here lately. Incessant. Tedious. They sound like two little old ladies with the endless nitpicking. (No offense intended to the well-mannered little old ladies out there.) But they will bicker about what someone said/didn’t say/looked at funny/the color [Read On]

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Crap. I’m officially old. Technology said so.

I will be the first to admit that I’m not up on the latest technology present in television sets. Oh, sure – I was an early adopter of the iPod, the iPad, the now gone Flip camera (which I STILL use, mostly because I misjudged the amount of storage needed on my iPhone so I can [Read On]

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The Things We Hold On To

I’m a bit of a sentimental fool; my husband possibly more so, given the number of items in our house passed down to him, be it the pie tins marked with his  grandmother’s name on the bottom or the wooden hangers in our closets bearing the initials of each member of his grandfather’s family, being the [Read On]

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Checking out the Keurig 2.0

I’ve had a nasty cough for a while. For, oh say, four years. Four. Years.  One doctor says it is caused by asthma. Another says it is silent reflux. No medicine is easing it. It’s an enigmatic cough, if you will. In an attempt to get it under control, I tried – goodness, how I [Read On]

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How Not To Win Mom of the Year.

This is how NOT to win Mom of the Year: Take your kids to their pediatrician for their school physical. In November. When they ask if they have to get any shots, quickly cover up the State of Texas immunization requirement form so they can’t see that they need to get vaccinated for Hepatitis-A (which isn’t [Read On]

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On The Tooth Fairy and The Fibs We Tell Our Kids

Far past this eight-year-old’s bedtime, my daughter tiptoed down the stairs to the family room. She had a streak of blood on her chin and more welling up behind her bottom lip. Her small hand was outstretched, cupped gently, and as she approached us she took careful steps. She finally lost that damned tooth. She [Read On]

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Prayers on a (Not so) Silent Sunday

This picture was intended for a  “Silent Sunday” post. But it spoke to me, and honestly, Silent Sunday posts that aren’t , well, silent – I have no patience for that kind of thing.  I mean, just a picture? Silent. Picture and WORDS: not silent. But patience? Well, lately, that isn’t my strong suit. Or is [Read On]

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Braces

He got braces yesterday, and apparently, not enough questions were asked. “NO CHEWY FOOD – I can’t eat steak – SEE??!!!!” he lamented (again) as he read the list of forbidden foods – a comment that I have repeatedly rejected as false since he first heard the news. We’ve had this conversation before. No, they mean chewy-sticky [Read On]

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The Woes of Perfectionism

When I told her that Daddy was ready to talk to her on FaceTime, she burst into tears and fled the room. With raised eyebrows and no lack of exasperation, I handed the iPad to my son and headed to her bedroom where she was sobbing into her pillow. I settled on the bed next to [Read On]

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What I’m Reading Wednesday: Books for A Cold Day

Brrrr! Fall is slipping away quickly here in Chicagoland and winter is tiptoeing in! I don’t know about you, but when the weather starts to turn, all I REALLY want to do is curl up in my favorite chair under a cozy blanket with a hot cup of tea and a good book! Lucky for [Read On]