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a journal entry about balance.
I wrote this in my journal a few days ago, and decided to share. Wednesday, February 1, 2017 I go back and forth between okay and not. This morning, both kids were crying and I though, I absolutely just can't do this. I literally don't have the capacity. Bu...

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muddlings on politics.
I used to proudly declare myself apolitical. I never read the news, never had a clue what was going on in the world. It just felt depressing to me, and I felt powerless against it. Lately, that's changed. I've felt like it was important to be informed, that...

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a breath of peace.
Today, I had a lot of people in my house. It was fun. I like having parties, as long as they have an expiration time, and this one did. I've been feeling isolated lately (one of the negatives of living in a colder climate instead of a warm one, as well as l...

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Last Chance to Lose Your Keys
If you got that reference, you get a cookie and a hug. I locked myself out of the house twice in a seven day span recently. This happened fairly frequently when we lived in University Village, because all I had to do was walk five minutes to the office and ...

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Small-scale gratitude.
This morning, I found myself standing stark naked in the bathroom, fixing a Lego fire truck. How did I get here? I'm frazzled these days. My kids seem to need more than usual -- Cal shouts for me if I'm not in the room, and Nolan is either clamoring to be h...

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NaNoWriMo Dropout
You guys, I have a confession. I can't finish my novel by the end of November. It's so easy to get caught up in the fun of NaNoWriMo, to vow to myself that I will finish a novel in just thirty days, that my house and my children and my sanity can wait. But ...

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Goodnight Gorilla Simply Learning Curriculum Recap
This fall, I have been following the (free!) Simply Learning Tiny Tot and Preschool curriculums.  I originally heard about Simply Learning from my friend Lorna , who was following yet another free curriculum (Tot School) last year. Basically, this mother of...

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Favorite quotes from Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist.
This book resonated with me so deeply . I have long had the monkey of perfectionism on my back, and it is a daily struggle to cope with it. There were so many quotes in Present over Perfect , Shauna Niequist's new book, that I wanted to group all the ones I...

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That's the way this wheel keeps working
When I was fifteen or so, I fell in love with this song by John Mayer. We all love to hate on John Mayer these days, with his string of relationships and a Taylor Swift ballad devoted to him, but if his lyrics are any indication, the guy gets me. I found th...

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Let's talk about books, baby.
Let's be real for a second -- if you know me at all, you know that my great passion in life is reading. It has been for as long as I can remember, and it is so much a part of me that I can't really tell you why I love it so much. Maybe someday I will swan-d...
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