Junk In The Closet

See this picture?  This is real.  This is honest.  This is real honest! And I’ll be even more honest…it’s a bit too real for me.  I don’t want to share this because I want you to believe that my home is beautiful and spotless at any given moment.  When you walk inside, I want my …

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Saturated With Summer; Ready For A Change

Is anyone else ready to jump off this sweet Summer time bandwagon and move on towards Fall?  Maybe it’s just me, but I’m tired.  Tired of Summer.  Tired of trying to come up with creative things for the kids to play.  Tired of pretending to be a cat, a horse, or any type of animal …

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Letting You Walk Away, Learning To Let You Go

They placed you in my arms, and my world has never been the same.  My heart has never felt the same.  Things shifted somewhere deep inside, rearranging themselves, changing me.  I peered into your small face and looked with wonder at your tiny hands.  I touched them, and your little hand closed around my finger …

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The Hands That Hold My Hands

The hand I held today was soft and small.... She climbed out of the backseat, all smiles, and immediately reached for my hand. The cool air, uncommon for this time of year, greeted us as she clasped my hand tightly, confident in my ability to guide her. It was time for her Kindergarten screening, and her …

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Please Help Me To Be Nice

A few nights ago, lying beside the crib in a darkened room, I said prayers with our youngest.  When I was finished, his voice spoken softly said, “Mama, I wish I could say my prayers myself.”  A little surprised I said, “…of course baby, you can talk to God anytime.”  Honestly, I wasn’t really expecting …

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And then…My life will begin.

I will turn 16, get a car, and then I’ll be free.  A few more weeks of high school, and then I will move out on my own.  I will graduate from college, and then I will get a good paying job and live the good life.   I will work as I hard as I …

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An Invitation

“Sit with me Mama,” Elam said.  He was sitting at the breakfast table having a snack and watching me hustle around the room straightening, cleaning, and just trying in general to catch up. (A lofty goal I never seem to reach.)  “I’m coming baby, let me just finish these dishes first,” I replied.  I worked …

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Joy In Leaves

Joy, happiness, excitement!  This is how my babies would probably describe their afternoon activities.  Dirty, messy, itchy would be my description.  Some friends and neighbors were raking leaves, and of course the two E’s wanted to help.  Now keep in mind, when we "help" with something it usually only adds to the work.  So, we …

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Going on a Rock Hunt

Our children love to walk down our street, talk to the neighbors, look for interesting animals (such as a cat down the way that always seems to disappear the moment it hears us coming) and collect sentimental “treasures” from our nature walk.  These treasures usually include dried leaves, small sticks and an assortment of rocks …

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