Rocco Royal, Age 5

Five. Five always feels official. Four felt like I could cheat and call you a toddler still. But five doesn’t work that way. Five means Kindergarten and all kinds of bigger kidness calling. I finally understand why moms baby their babies. It’s hard to see them grow. You don’t look at milestones as firsts. You look at […]

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Did I ever tell you I wanted to be a nun? Did I ever tell you I wanted to be a nun? I think it was 11th grade. I told everyone that I was going to become a nun. And everyone laughed at me. “But, you aren’t even Catholic.” “I’ll start the first nunnery at our […]

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I forget

I forget things all the time.  It didn’t used to be this way.  I used to be excellent at remembering.  Well, with the exception of . . . I forget things all the time. It didn’t used to be this way. I used to be excellent at remembering. Well, with the exception of . . […]

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Shifts and Seasons

It’s funny how some things feel like they will never change.  Seasons that seem like they will never end. Winter.  Winter.  Winter. Hot summer.  Hot summer.  Hot summer. And then, one unexpected day something shifts.  Like a shadow.  A flower blooms.  A leaf falls to the ground, and you wonder when exactly it turned from […]

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3 Darling DIYs

I’ve rounded up 3 darling DIYs that have caught my eye, recently.  Honestly, I’m not really even sure if one qualifies as DIY because it only requires paper and scissors, but it’s an idea I really wanted to share and one I’m going to try in my home. But, first things first . . . When […]

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Connecting with Family Online

How is it that in this connected world we live in, we can feel so disconnected? Is it because we now prefer to post rather then phone?  Type rather than talk?  We are so “in the know” about everything that many times we are not taking the time to “get to know” one another better. I’m navigating […]

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Jr. High The Second Time Around

Everyone knows Jr. High can be the most awkward years.  Sometimes the most painful (in terms of your growing years).  I didn’t mind Jr. High that much, actually.  I had my hard days, my bad hair days, my zits are over taking my face days, and the classic, “I hate my life days.” I think Jr. High the […]

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Be More Here

It was a Saturday night and we decided to eat out by the pool.  We love to take our dinner outdoors during the summer months, since our winters are so long.  This Saturday I decided to make us a fancy-ish kind of picnic in a very un-fancy way at our worn out table with pretty […]

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