Category Archives: Gifts

When More is More

I always knew I wanted a larger family. Somewhere along the line, I reasoned that three kids would bring just the right amount of noise to our family rhythm, and that is exactly the number we were blessed with. Our … Continue reading

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A Spelling Lesson

We have a tidy evening routine. My husband and I prepare dinner, the kids help us set the table with our good dishes and silverware {why save them for special occasions, it occurred to me one day, when every day … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

Almost every morning lately, I look out the kitchen window and admire a handful of trees that were recently planted on the street perpendicular to ours. Our neighborhood is fairly new — less than ten years old — and as … Continue reading

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By Any Other Name

If decades can be named, then this one has definitely been the Decade of Exhaustion. The one prior was the Decade of Growth. The one before that was the Decade of Creativity. The one before that, the one that ushered … Continue reading

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Heaven

I once read that heaven is all our best memories times a million. If that’s the case, then I hope heaven is: Christmas Eve, with soft blue lights against the snow-frosted windowpanes, chipped beef and crackers, Pepsi in plastic cups, … Continue reading

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Paying it Forward

I’m home sick today, doing my very best to recover after almost a week of being in the clutches of an I-don’t-know-what — cold? — that has me struggling to even stand upright for more than a few minutes at … Continue reading

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Letting Go

We said goodbye to Essie yesterday. My husband took her to the vet for a checkup, and blood tests revealed that she was very sick. She was just under a year old. It’s a sad final chapter, unfortunately, for many … Continue reading

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