Pandemic Book Log

I spent the first three weeks of the pandemic watching 134 episodes of Chicago Fire, one after another. When that was over, and I needed a way to cope with the loss of my friends at Firehouse 51, I dove into books. All kinds of books. Many were wonderful. A few were, well…not. (We won’t […]

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10 Days and counting…

We survived summer! The Cherubs aren’t in school quite yet, but #1 is at soccer tryouts right now, and #2 spent the morning at an 8th grade leadership workshop she didn’t want to attend, and we are close enough to resuming normal that I’m calling it done. Guess what? This summer didn’t suck! I’ve shared […]

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High School Reunion

I attended my High School reunion last Saturday. Yes, I wore Stitch Fix. No, not the Moto Jacket. (Too warm). It’s taken me four days to process the experience and I’m still not sure what to say, other than that it was so incredibly good and I’m really glad I went. But I haven’t blogged […]

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Big Chicken News

I hadn’t planned to blog again today. Then this big chicken story broke. Behold, Big Boss: As a writer for CNN observed, “It’s like the prologue to a poultry-themed apocalypse novel.” It demands a response. First, let me establish my chicken credentials, so Big Boss knows who he is dealing with. I have a rooster-themed spoon […]

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What If My Kids Never Love Me?

Today’s adoption question is from Beth:  How do you deal with the fear and/or reality of the kids not loving/attaching to you, and you to them? *** Before The Cherubs moved in with us, when we were in the transition phase with visits on Wednesday nights & weekends, our kids declared that they were not […]

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It’s Like Puppy Rescue (?!?)

We have a sweet, smart little girl who comes with her mom to our church Life Group on Wednesday nights.  I’ll call her Awesome Blossom. She is seven, which means that she looks at #2 Cherub (who is twelve) with wide-eyed wonder and longing. The kids usually do their own thing on one side of […]

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Raising our kids in our faith

This is Part 2 of the answer to Donny’s Question: Religion is a big part of your life – how are you raising the kids within a faith-based environment and why is it important to you and Steve? On Friday I shared a about the why.  Here’s some of the how (the good, the bad, and […]

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On Truthful Blogging…and Chickens

I recently learned that there is a woman in my home state of Maine who earns a quarter of a million dollars a year blogging about chickens. [Go ahead. Read that again. I had to see it a couple of times myself before it sank in.] Her name is Lisa Steele, and she runs “the largest […]

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Adoption Questions Answered

Last week, one of the organizations that helped us adopt the Cherubs asked if I’d write a blog post about our experience. I’ll confess that we were having a rather TEXTURED week here at home  (my word for when it feels like things are coming off the rails) and so at first I couldn’t even […]

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Can I hire a helicopter parent for the Cherubs?

I’m back to vent about school :) Let me preface by saying that I ADORE our local schools. The Cherubs’ teachers are wonderful, patient, and devoted to their jobs. The past eighteen months have confirmed that I remember almost none of the specifics of my k-12 education (save for the time we were assigned “festooned” […]

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