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Standing in the Middle of the Mess

She came down the stairs, a look of defeat on her face, “It feels like I’m not making any progress,” she said, “You can’t even tell I’ve done anything.” My oldest daughter is going to grad school and is moving … Continue reading

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

  If she were here, she’d have called me on the phone a month ago, asking me about my plans for Mother’s Day. I’d have said, “I don’t know Mom, I haven’t gotten there yet.” If she were here, she’d … Continue reading

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Nothing Good Happens After Midnight and Other Lessons From My Youth

“…And you know what he said? He said, ‘It’s good to want, Tracy.’” I chuckled to myself at the memory. My daughter was less than impressed.  “I know, Mom. You’ve already told me this story…” Had I? I couldn’t remember. … Continue reading

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All I Want for Christmas is…

Dear Santa, Hello from Indiana. I hope you and the Mrs. are well. How are the elves?  I’m hoping they aren’t too sleep-deprived during this last minute holiday rush in the workshop. I’m so excited that Christmas is just days … Continue reading

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The Power of Accepting Change

The first day of school, captured from afar.  “Are you sure I can’t come?” I asked, “I know the other moms are coming…” My daughter simply shook her head, “No, Mom,” she said, “You don’t need to be there.” It … Continue reading

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Learning to Spread Our Wings

  “Remember to ask your teacher about your project when you get to school,” I said.    “Why can’t you just email her?” she asked.  I could have, and the truth was, it would have been easier. “Because you need to … Continue reading

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How I Keep My Memories Alive

  At first, I thought it was overkill. But now, I’m so glad she did it. Last weekend was my middle girl’s prom. A big ordeal for all teens everywhere, but an even bigger one for my girl. A girl … Continue reading

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When I say no, I (don’t) mean it!

It all started last May.  One night after dinner my now eleven-year-old daughter grabbed my hand in hers, yelled for her Dad to “please come here” and urgently led us both to the basement. And there, in the center of … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from a Ten-Year-Old Entrepreneur

I’ve been a mother for 19 years.  Three times I have given birth. Three times I have taught people how to go potty, tie shoes, and trim toenails.  Three times I’ve pushed a little girl behind her bike until she … Continue reading

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How to Get What You Want…or Not

As I walk around the house picking up shoes, I have to ask myself; where did I go wrong?  Because for 16 years I have asked, pleaded, begged even, for the minors in my home to pick up their shoes … Continue reading

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