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Thoughts on the anniversary of 9/11

I suspect my experience of 9/11 was quite different from most others’ experiences. I remember it vividly; where I was when I first heard the shocking news on the radio, seeing the images of the plane hit…ting the first tower and then both of them collapsing in a dizzying, surreal few moments, and the sense…

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School transitions, anxiety, and the power of wonderful, caring educators

Today I am feeling very grateful to all the wonderful educators our kids are blessed to encounter in their lives, particularly my daughter’s teacher Mrs. Asaro and our school’s new principal Mrs. Hofstrom. My daughter moved to a new school in our town this year. In our town, kids move to a new school going…

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Family

Volleyball has a definite place in my family’s life. My husband and I played on a volleyball team together when we met in college. He stayed with the sport much more seriously than I did (I took many years off while having our children). A few years ago, we built a pool and beach volleyball…

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Thoughts on the first day of school

Today was the first day of school in our town. For the past three weeks, I have been mentally preparing myself and to a lesser extent, my kids for the transition from summer to school. We purchased schoo…l supplies, went on vacation, shopped for back-to-school clothes, and practiced bike routes for the new school bike-rider/walker…

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The Profound Joy of Giving

Our family just returned from a fabulous cruise to the Bahamas. It was 7 days of pure magic for all of us. I have a feeling I will be writing a few posts about our trip, but the first experience I want to share i…s one of giving. My husband and I have been on…

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Gratitude Reminders

This month I took Faith to Shriner’s Hospital for her annual scoliosis checkup. I have been going there with her since she was a newborn baby. Thankfully, all we have had to do is get regular x-rays and nothing else. Th…e first time I carried her into that hospital as a infant, I remember feeling…

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The Power of Communication

This week, my best friend from childhood (and her daughter) came to spend a few days with us. Each summer when we get together, I get excited and look forward to our time spent together, and this week was no exce…ption. The first night, my friend was putting her daughter to bed, and I was…

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Allowing Our Children To Grow Up

Earlier this summer around bedtime, my daughter began complaining that a bunch of her friends get to stay up later than she does and asked me why she cannot stay up later. Rather than get into a disagreemen…t about bedtime, I simply told her that her friends who stay up later probably do not still…

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Victory!

Last week was a victorious week in our house. You see, my seven year old has been trying to learn how to ride his bike (with no training wheels) off and on for the past four summers since he was just four years old. My older son decided he… was ready to learn how to…

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Update to the Struggles of Yesterday

I decided to write my post last night about my struggles right after I brought my kids to swim practice. I took a few quiet minutes in the car (alone time is vital to my well-being) to reflect on the… past two days and write about it. This helped to bring clarity to what had…

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