A Family Hero

In my 8th grade language arts classes a few years ago, we used to write essays on the topic, “What defines a hero?”  Students spent all quarter studying all different types of heroes, and from those various texts, they had to come up with their own definition of heroism.  Year after year, we almost always came to the conclusion that a hero is someone who puts others before themselves.  This might mean someone in a position to physically save lives, like a police officer or a doctor.  Or it might…

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Curmudgeon

Saturday was a weird day.  We had to get up early to go to Bean’s baseball game, and we had a lot of errands to run to get ready for the Cub Scouts Crossing Over ceremony on Sunday night.  But Gracie had strep throat, so she was moving a little slow, and Chris and I were both in bad moods.  There was no real reason for either of our moods.  We were just kind of snippy and short. Those are the days when you KNOW you’ll get a lot done… S’not.…

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Middle of the Night Shenanigans

Around 5:00am this morning, there was a bump in our house.  It sounded like something plastic falling and it came from downstairs. I immediately sat straight up in bed and whispered, “What was that?” “Dunno…” Chris mumbled as he rolled over. “What WAS that?” I whispered, kicking Chris in the leg because everyone knows that “What was that” in the middle of the night is wife code for, “Go look and see.”  But Chris only grunted and went back to sleep.  So, I got up and did what I always…

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80%

This boy and me? We’re doing good. I like him.  He likes me.  We make out a lot.  Life is pretty good. After almost sixteen years that Chris and I have been together (WHAT?!?!?!), I recently discovered something new about our relationship.  Don’t you love when that happens?  When you’ve known someone for so long and then, out of the blue, you learn something new about them? I’ve learned lately that the most important thing I can do for my husband is actually one of the easiest things I can do for him.…

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Lowering the Bar on Motherhood and Raising Standards for My Children

Every so often, someone emails me to ask what I think the secret to marriage is.  Chris and I usually have a good chuckle, share a beer and laugh at how we have fooled everyone into being “experts,” and then finally sit in somber silence and stare into space as we realize that our marriage is built on a pretty crappy philosophy.  In all honesty, VERY seldom do I even give the real answer as an answer because I’m so embarrassed that Chris and I have adopted THIS as a foundational pillar of…

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Irresponsible, Immature Pirates

On Saturday night, Chris and I were in our living room together, looking at our finances.  The kids were asleep after a long day and fun movie night, and the two of us were going over our money and plans for our trip to Italy this summer for our tenth wedding anniversary. Have I told you we are going to Italy?  We are!  I am so excited!  We have been planning and saving for almost two years now.  We even opened a special savings account at a different bank from…

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AstroTurf, Lawn Chairs, and Tiki Torches…

One night last week, Chris came into the kitchen while I was cooking dinner and announced that he had a great idea for a family activity. This, by the way, is a minor miracle because Chris NEVER comes up with our family activities. (I say that with love…) He usually complains, in fact, when I come up with something for us to do as a family. He has a good time when we get there, but coming up with something for us to do is always a battle. It’s not…

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The Man I Didn’t Marry

When we were in high school, I loved him because he didn’t care what anyone thought.  He didn’t care what he should or shouldn’t do.  And I loved him for that freedom because when I was with him, I felt free, too. In college, he began to love me as an adult.  Not a perfect adult (are there any perfect adults?), but in that “I will love you for the rest of my life” way.  And I loved him for that promise of what was to come. In the earliest…

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The Best Years

Last week I posted this picture in my post about our Thanksgiving… …and someone commented that they loved my plates. Which made me laugh hysterically for about 20 minutes. And then I called a girlfriend who knew the backstory about those plates and we laughed for another 20 minutes. And anything that makes me laugh for almost an hour is worth a blog post. So, without further adieu, I give you… “AN UPSET IN THE HARMONY OF MY LIFE” by Katie Brown Once upon a time, an engaged couple stood…

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