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A Sweet Note for a Sweet Girl: Happy 8th!

[Technically the birthday girl celebrated her big day on June 28, but were enjoying a fun-filled day with cousins for a sweet niece's baptism. I'm still drunk on chrism.] My sweet Clare Bear. Boy, have you earned that name. Eight years ago you entered our life a month early, technically a preemie, and with much fanfare, smack dab in the middle of Vacation Bible School. While I was in labor, I drove myself to the hospital (long story) and a few hours later, you arrived. If there’s a love note tucked away in a drawer, behind a pillow, in someone’s suitcase, stuck to the kitchen cabinet or affixed to my steering wheel, there’s about a 165% chance it was you. It’s pretty awesome that love is not lost on you. No doubt that your love language is words of affirmation. You are the most sensitive of the bunch which, most days, is the very best trait of yours. There are times when there is high drama, but it is almost always cured with a hug and a tickle. “Can I hold Gigi now?” are words I hear approximately ten times a day. About five minutes later I hear, “Can someone please … [Read More...]

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It’s Not Busy, It’s Summer

I was chatting with a friend a few days ago and I caught myself saying the same thing over and over... "Yeah, it's been a good week. Busy, but good." And I stopped myself. Everyone's life is busy. I want ours to be more than that. I want it to be fun and adventurous and full of lots of holy leisure (quoting you, Lisa!), rather than just a string of "busy." Here's a short bit about our FUN … [Read More...]

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Sister Love is a Real Thing

Sister love. It's a real thing. Here in Central Texas we are quite blessed to have Dominican sisters around the corner. Like, really, right around the corner. Many moons ago, before I became Catholic, I had zero idea that they made sisters who were as young and cool as these. Indeed they do. I think the thing that has drawn me to them most, besides those habits (!), is their pure and … [Read More...]

It's time to simplify life, in every nook and cranny. Up this month? Simplifying work routines.

My Laryngitis Epiphany

A couple of weeks ago, I lost my voice for a few days. You probably lost your hearing because my children were cheering so loudly. At any rate, it's been years since I lost my voice. It was like a crazy, out-of-body experience. I could see the words and speak them, but nothing came out. The 'ol "we can't hear you" joke got old. Fast. In addition to losing my voice, I felt like junk. In fact, … [Read More...]

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Helloooo High School

Taking a break from the craziness of my last post. I'm still overwhelmed at the chord it struck among so many of you. Let's chat pomp and circumstance, shall we? It seems as if there's a graduation ceremony for every grade these days. Am I right? But, in our family, our children only attend two schools: one for elementary/middle and another for high school. When graduating from one to the … [Read More...]

There's one thing every parent does. And we need to stop doing it.

The One Thing Every Parent Needs to Stop Doing

[An added note, because after reading some comments, I think this needs to be said. This post? It's not about what your teenager wears, but rather how present you are as a parent.] Just to be clear, when I say "every parent" that also means me. I don't play favorites. For the past several months, something has really been bothering me. Well, to be honest it's probably been much longer than … [Read More...]

It's my birthday!

It’s My Birthday and I Have a Gift for YOU!

It's my birthday and y'all know just how much I love those. Like, a lot. If you aren't following me over on the 'gram, today might be your day. A sweet and fun giveaway just for my grammers. For the last few years, I've given you my list of things I want to accomplish in the year. On my 41st? I decided to simply say thanks. Thanks for reading, for your sweet comments, lovely emails and … [Read More...]

Wonder what it's really like to meet the Frozen duo of Anna and Elsa at Walt Disney World? Wonder no more.

Meeting Anna and Elsa: An Honest Account

**This is NOT a sponsored post. Just sharing our experience!** We spent a week at Walt Disney World and Universal, thanks to my parents. What an adventure! After scouring Pinterest, I learned that there was no post, anywhere, that could really walk me through planning an entire trip to Disney. Throughout the series, I shared our days at the parks, tips and tricks, taming the souvenir beast, money … [Read More...]

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