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Mary Rachel Fenrick
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Finding Freedom
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The Gifts of an Introvert
Several weeks ago, my friend, Jill, was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer.  She's fit, she's 36, and she has three little kids.  Cancer is no respecter of persons, which is one of the many reasons why I hate it so much. Shortly after her diagnosis, one ...
The Gifts of an Introvert
The Gifts of an Introvert
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Parenting in Isolation
There was a point in my life when I thought I could totally rock being a single parent. Y'all.   Who was I kidding? My husband and I have a running joke in our house that if he was the only parent, nothing would ever get done, and if I was the only parent, ...
Parenting in Isolation
Parenting in Isolation
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The Fourth Bedroom
This month marks two years that we have lived in our current house.   Closing Day 2015 When I found out that I was pregnant with our second child, the 1000-square foot home that we then occupied suddenly began to feel claustrophobic as I imagined another pe...
The Fourth Bedroom
The Fourth Bedroom
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Giving Up Gluten
Today, I'm going to post something a little different than my usual "musings on marathons, motherhood, and everything in between" (because I'm not sure that today's topic fits neatly into any of those categories, including "everything in between").  Today, ...
Giving Up Gluten
Giving Up Gluten
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An Essay Contest
I haven't participated in an essay contest in years.  Usually I write because I want to, but today I wrote because I need to.   We started a college savings fund for both of our girls when they were babies, and today, I'm trying to win a contest to get mone...
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We like each other.
Shortly before Christmas, our community group from church left the kiddos at home and went out for hibachi, drinks, and Christmas lights.  There were 14 of us, all of various ages and in diverse stages of life. Somewhere in between the onion volcano and the...
We like each other.
We like each other.
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A Fairy Tale Ending
My three-year-old daughter is all girl these days: baby dolls, nail polish, sparkles, pink everything, ballerinas, and fairy tales. Fairy tales.  Sometimes I'd rather stick toothpicks under my fingernails. Often, Piper asks me to read "Goldilocks" or "The G...
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Santa doesn't stop here.
I have very few memories of kindergarten or any years prior, but I will never forget ruining Christmas for my five-year-old friend, Lindsay Mann. "But Santa isn't real," I told her in a matter-of-fact voice.  "It's your parents.  They get the gifts for you ...
Santa doesn't stop here.
Santa doesn't stop here.
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School In This Season
When I was six years old, my dad graduated from college.   He was 41. I clearly remember his graduation ceremony, partly because my little brother was complaining of a stomachache the entire time, partly because the ceremony itself was dreadfully long and b...
School In This Season
School In This Season
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Tomorrow
“We always think there's enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like 'if'.”  -Fredrick Backman, A Man Called Ove This is my best friend from middle schoo...
Tomorrow
Tomorrow
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