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Reaching for Roots

I’m not a gardener, nor do I possess any talent for coaxing green things to grow, but I am a ...
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It’s Release Day!

Today is the day! Book release day! Cue the clapping, sweating, and nervous pacing. In lieu of champagne, can someone ...
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The Longing for Home

This week (tomorrow, in fact) I release a book about searching for home. It’s a book about transience and longing, ...
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For Now Not Forever

We have been searching for home for a while now. That’s not to say that we haven’t found it anywhere, ...
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The Old People’s Neighborhood

The house we’re staying in is situated in a neighborhood full of old people. I say this with great affection, ...
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A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

When we lived in downtown San Diego there was constant construction. Beeping dump trucks, clanging metalwork, concrete drills, and colorful ...
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When to Celebrate an Ending

Last Thursday was Mike’s last day in the military. It nearly crept right by us, as these things do. An ...
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The Gap Between

When I look back on my life, I expect to segment it into different chapters. There will be a table of ...
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Uncommon Thoughts on the Faithfulness of God

I saw an Instagram post the other day about something wonderful that happened to a person I do not know, but that I ...
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Almost There: Join the Book Club & Launch Team

Well, hey there! I have some exciting news to share about a baby I didn’t grow in my belly, but that ...
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The Hunger of Starting Over

Our family is in a season of starting over. The house, the job, the framework of a life beyond the ...
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The Long Road to a Big Decision

So I have some news, and I’m just going to come right out with it: Mike has decided to get ...
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Light of the What

This Christmas we have a two-year-old and an infant, which means the holiday season is equal parts excitement and toil ...
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When It Has Been Awhile

Oh hey there. It's been awhile since I posted here. You know when it's been awhile since you've talked to ...
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The Longest Days

The longest days are the ones spent waiting for something We’ve had a heat wave in San Diego this week ...
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How Time Passes

Over the weekend, I watched Molly play in a blow up pool and ride her bike around the cul-de-sac with ...
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What Surprised Me About Writing a Book

I woke up lighter last week, which is a remarkable statement coming from someone in the middle throes of pregnancy ...
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The Thursday Before Sunday

There’s going to be an Easter egg hunt in our backyard on Sunday. Several of our neighbors are getting together and ...
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It’s Different This Time Around

It’s happening again: the weight gain, the exhaustion, the bizarre cravings for a cheeseburger at ten a.m. Also there is ...
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I’m Allowed

A couple of mornings a week I drop Molly off at childcare. I call it ‘childcare’ because the word daycare ...
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Do the Opposite

Shortly after the beginning of the year, I texted my friend Arica: “Do you ever have days when no matter ...
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The Gift We Open After Christmas

I find that much of my time is spent as a watchman. I watch children, the news, social media. I ...
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Mary Pondered and So Do I

I got stuck waiting in line today behind a woman who couldn’t make up her mind. I was at TJ ...
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What is Calling & Should We Stay in the Military

I’m not sure if this happens to everyone as they reach their late twenties, but Mike and I have been ...
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A Case for Mercy

A little boy at the playground hit my daughter last week. It wasn’t an accident. He tried to take her ...
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What to do with Halloween

I do not like to be scared, but I do love outrageous costumes. This makes Halloween a complicated holiday for ...
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When You’re Just A Beginner

Some nights Mike and I read in bed or lay on the couches and watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine until we buckle over ...
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Holding the Line

Last week at the playground I watched a mom execute a parenting decision so correctly that I stared with open-mouthed ...
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What a Day Sounds Like

Mike leaves silently each morning. His alarm vibrates at 5:00 and he is usually out the door by 5:30, padding ...
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Blessed Are The Small

Sometimes when I can’t think of anything to write, I go to other writers’ blogs and overwhelm myself with how ...
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All I Want to Share is My Insomnia

 I thought that marriage included mandatory sharing of things. A couple says “I do” and from thereafter beds and bank ...
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How Friendship Has Changed Now That We’re Moms

Often I hear people say that they don’t remember who they were or what they did before kids. I nod ...
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Summer Favorites

This has been the summer of blown bubbles and newly-discovered dance moves. Among other amenities like garbage-free sidewalks and fenced-in ...
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Where Our Parents Left Off

When my in-laws come to town, we sit around the kitchen table talking for hours. They ask good questions, but ...
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To Build & To Raise

To get some work done this morning I set my alarm for 4:39am. As Molly has grown, my ability to ...
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The End Game

It’s June and we live in a military-heavy neighborhood, which means that at any given time there are at least ...
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Darling Dinners: Connection Around the Table

It’s Thursday and I wore high heels. Obviously, I do that often. Tonight I went to a Darling Dinner sponsored by ...
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The Happy Ones say Happy Memorial Day

When I started The Happy Ones blog two and a half years ago, I did it because I needed a reprieve ...
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Relationships: Deep versus Wide

When we first moved into our new house in the silent neighborhood, my friend Jaimi gave us an orchid as a ...
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The Suburbs: Where Noise Goes to Die

Last week we moved out of downtown San Diego. Our new address is in a cul-de-sac near a playground in ...
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We Went to Iceland & Came Home for Easter

Last week I went to Iceland with four of my friends ...
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When the Military Orders Aren’t What You Expected

Last week our military orders came. They came at the exact moment I was certain they would never come. I ...
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The Fight Against Cynicism

Sometimes I like to be contrary for no good reason. I like to have a different opinion, a different perspective, ...
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The First Year of Parenthood

A year ago at this very moment, I was waiting in a hospital room to meet the little baby I ...
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Why the Three O’Clock Hour is the Worst

I made a new friend on the swing set the other day. We were both pushing our small children on ...
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First Drafting a Book and a Baby

I’m working on a first draft of the book. It’s messy and vague and convoluted. The grammatical acuity is comparable ...
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On Waiting and Advent

I’ve thought that Christmas is tomorrow for the past three days. But I’ve double-checked and today is, in fact, the ...
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My Baby is a Runaway

Molly is an aspiring runaway. She is curious and determined and fast. Those baby crawling skills were cute when they ...
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When Change Comes as a List

The list came out today. And it wasn’t Santa’s. Mike sent me a text message this morning that read: “Two ...
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When Friends Bring Rhubarb Pie

On moving day, Raquel came over with a strawberry rhubarb pie ...
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Piñatas Come Without Candy

Is it common knowledge that piñatas do not come with candy included? I cannot be the only one that did ...
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Then I Got a Book Deal

Two years ago I started a blog. When we moved to San Diego in the summer of 2012, I waited ...
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I Have Road Rage in Elevators

My neighbor cut me off the other day. I still don’t know his name, but my dog really hates his ...
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And Close the Front Door Behind You

When I was discharged from the hospital after having a baby, I remember thinking that it was with far too ...
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Husbands are for Marrying. Tables are for Buying.

Three years ago Mike and I decided to build our own dining room table. We felt equal parts bored and ...
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Coping with Change and Broken Down Cars

A few weeks ago, the car broke down. I was by myself at a gas station in the middle of ...
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Waiting on Military Orders

Today is a waiting day in a waiting week that will compress into a waiting season that only makes sense ...
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When Alaska Taught Me Everything

The weather in San Diego is exactly the same as it has been, but Target is now selling leather lace-up ...
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Blogging from the USO

Today, I'm blogging hello from a USO in the Portland airport. I have exactly thirty seven minutes before we need ...
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City Walking the Mammals

I’m learning how to walk a dog and a baby at the same time. I keep telling Mike that I ...
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Best Friends Are Found On Craig’s List

Sometimes I think of Craig’s List as a phone directory for murderers. It makes me sad, it makes me scared, ...
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Working from Home is Hard

I have the extravagant privilege of working from home for now. I do bits of professional writing and editing for ...
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Human Shaped Barrels

Everyone prepared me for the exhaustion of parenthood. If there’s one thing you live and breathe and understand during pregnancy ...
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Traveling with Crowded Hands

Last week, Mike had a four day training conference in Hawaii. In my mind, this work trip summed up to ...
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Church Nursery and the Lunatic Lottery

I have to confess that even in motherhood I’m not terribly sentimental ...
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First Family Easter

When I was a kid, Easter was a big deal. It was the Prom of childhood, but instead of a ...
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The Day I Donated My Debit Card

I donated my debit card to Goodwill the other day. I was cleaning out my closet, going through clothes that ...
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Since THE DAY

One month ago today our family became far more interesting and photogenic.  We had a baby, or rather, I had ...
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The Year of Mystery

I know. It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post. My brain has been too busy forgetting my ...
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Christmas Through the Eyes of a Marine

Today, as a special Christmas gift to you and me, my husband Mike (a.k.a. Mr. Adventure) has written the Christmas ...
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The Hard Part About Sitting Down

Lately I’ve found myself doing a lot of things while sitting down. Thinking. Eating. Giving instructions to my husband. To ...
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The Art of Chalkboard Strategizing

On the way to Maui we almost missed our flight. The gate agent informed us that the gate was closing ...
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Yep. We Failed Baby Class.

Last night was the final session of our baby class. It was the sort of class that is supposed to ...
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Guest Room Shutdown 2013

In our house, there is a guest room. We typically use this room for guests because we like visitors and ...
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Walking into Fall

I'm guest writing this week over at A Beautiful Mess, talking about the season I learned to walk again. "In ...
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It’s Okay to Stare

I find myself staring a lot these days. Staring at a blank computer screen with sincere writing intentions, but then ...
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Becoming Hospitable for Baby

There was a summer about 10 years ago when Mike started reading Thoreau. He soon became obsessed with the idea ...
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On Labor Day We Give High Fives

I love three day weekends.  I’m certain that I could finally maintain a healthy work-life balance if all weekends were ...
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The Baby is Taking Over

Mike and I went to a one-year-old's birthday party on Sunday. Clearly, we really like this one-year-old a lot since we ...
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In Going Second

I’ve had a sister all my life, which means I’ve always had a mandatory best friend and built-in chaperone. When ...
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Pregnancy Announcement

A few weeks ago, I felt on the verge of throwing up at all times. It happened in the car ...
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America Vacations in San Diego

San Diego can be a really tough place to live in the summertime. Every time I escape from work on ...
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On Blocking Writer’s Block

I’ve been fighting a bout of writer’s block the past few weeks, scratching my head and revisiting old ideas before ...
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Summer is for Scooting

Someone told me yesterday that it is almost July, and I called them a liar straight to their face. Time ...
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Learning to Say No

I missed a blog post last week. Maybe you didn’t notice, but thanks if you did. Last week was a ...
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When Fish Fall From the Sky

Wednesdays are my writing days…or at least I intend for them to be. I wake up thinking about the story I’m ...
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The Deep Green Life

Last weekend, we adventured deep into the Canadian rainforest with backpacks and water bottles, traveling like runaways in a hurry ...
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How to Make Work Less Boring

Sometimes I get bored at work. I mean, my job is fine because it is the sort of job that ...
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Becoming a Teachable Driver

There’s this thing about driving in California. It’s terrible. While driving, it seems that I’m always caught behind someone going ...
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The Art of Thank-You Notes

Thank you notes. We’ve all written them, avoided them,  intended to write them and then allowed an inappropriate amount of ...
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I Love a Good Party

I love a good party. I love to sample nine different finger foods and chat with strangers that have never ...
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Fishing for Dreams

What does it mean to listen to our dreams? Check out my essay today over at A Beautiful Mess where other ...
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An Interruptible Life

I would really like to prophesy my whole life into a day planner. Wouldn't you? I use my phone, a ...
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At the Boston Finish Line

I remember the Boston finish line in slow motion. For all 26.2 miles, the finish felt too far away, as ...
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I Just Discovered Emojis

I know I’m late to this party, but a friend of mine just showed me how to download an emoji app ...
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When We Go Antiquing

Is the “hipster” fad over?  It feels like that expiration date should have passed long ago.  But I just want ...
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Writing in High Heels

My workplace is unremarkable in a lot of ways. People wear collared shirts tucked into pleated Dockers and corporate lanyards around ...
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National Try Harder Day

I get the feeling that Easter is misunderstood, because we celebrate it as if it is as "National Try Harder Day." For ...
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Experiences in Trolley Therapy

For those of you who don’t know, Mike and I are huge fans of public transit. Mike rides the ferry ...
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We Build Morale on Trampolines

You have heard me say before that shcooters are good for marriages. This is because shcooting is the only form ...
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Multi-tasking Like Father Abraham

A few times a week I get to pound on my piano keyboard while swaying side to side. It is ...
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Glove Box Deodorant

Life is busy right now. And I know that everyone is busy—which is why we have microwave ovens and alarm ...
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Overcoming Musical Adversity

My parents put me in piano lessons as soon as my neck had the muscular control to hold its own head ...
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Spilled Coffee and Crumb-less Toast

Mike always reminds me to slow down. He says it as if he's trying to be helpful, but I hear ...
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Reverent Travel: Zurich, Switzerland

We walked into the Zurich Marriot wearing eager grins and heavy backpacks. The lobby was decorated with crystal chandeliers and ...
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Reverent Travel: Zermatt, Switzerland

Every adventure starts with a good name. At the airport I named ours Hashtag Ya’ll Ready for This, a title that ...
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Reverent Travel: The Matterhorn

Today I am writing from a café in the Swiss mountain town of Zermatt, situated at the heart-stopping base of ...
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Road Bike Robbery

Last weekend was a weekend of robbery. It began on Saturday with an unjust and unexpected playoff loss for the ...
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Creating Spontamunity

Spontamunity is not a typo. It's a word I made up. (You're welcome) Spontaneous + Community = Spontamunity Spontamunity is ...
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Remaining in 2013

This post-holiday week has felt like a loud and hovering pause. It's as if I'm at a stop light and ...
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The Benefit of Following Snowplows

Mike and I went back home to Colorado for Christmas.It was cheery and wonderful and holy-Moses-freeze-your-nose-hairs-and-clench-your-butt-cheeks cold. My nose and ...
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Colorado Compromises

My homegrown Colorado roots will quiver in shame as I admit to you that I am an average-to-pitiful skier. I've ...
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New Year’s Resoluting

I'm sitting in "the office" this Monday morning listening to a song on repeat and staring at a blank journal ...
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Building a House for Sunday

When Mike and I move to new places with the military, I usually begin by researching humidity conditions that will ...
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Out-Crazy-ing Holiday Shoppers

I know that everyone gets a little annoyed holiday shopping. There are just a lot of holiday shopping-isms that are ...
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Looking up at Target

This weekend I was at Target like every other American in the month of December. Most of the time I ...
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Caroling to Myself

When I listen to Christmas music, my heart and my head partner up for a merry little waltz. They swirl ...
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Mistaken Shcooter Identity

First, I need to create a context for the story I am about to tell you. When Mike calls from ...
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Becoming Single-minded

I would really like to be well rounded, but sometimes multi-tasking just makes me bad at a lot of things ...
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Holiday Realignment

Last week I flew to Colorado to see my physical therapist. Since hip surgery last August, visiting my physical therapist ...
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Friends are Slip-and-Slides and Tambourines

You might have seen me in the tabloids over the weekend. We were in Los Angeles for a couple of ...
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Coffee Shop Eavesdropping

Everyday I go to the same coffee shop to write. The baristas know me, which has accomplished my lifelong dream ...
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Costumes and Other Scary Things

I know bunches of adults who adore Halloween. They start working on costumes in August and tell people about the ...
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Avoiding Baby-Sized Produce

Yesterday I had a routine lady doctor appointment. Don’t worry, this is not going to get weird. In the appointment, ...
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Weddings and Sharing Things

As I write this, I am sitting in a Courtyard Marriott lobby. I feel like a legitimate writer because I ...
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Bird Fighting Vin Diesel

Something crazy happened on our way home from beach camping last week. Mike and I were feeling pretty smug because we ...
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A Broken Hip and Walking with a Harness

When I moved into the city I had some adjusting to do. Our little condo is situated on a block ...
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Beach Camping

Mike and I love Columbus so much that we celebrated him with a little beach camping. Beach camping is exactly ...
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Feeling for Home

Fall makes me think of home. October feels important because it officiates summer’s end. When summer ends all of the ...
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Building Rickety Tables

I know there are a lot of fantastic DIY blogs on the Internet that provide insightful instructions on home improvement projects, but ...
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We Call Scooting Shcooting

I am shocked and disgusted that it has taken me eight adventure posts to get to one about my most ...
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Accidental Cankle Examinations

I often hear grown-ups complain about healthcare. Politicians seem to be really worked up about it now, too. Apparently, it ...
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Pancakes in Short Stacks

I went to IHOP last night at 10 p.m. Don’t worry, I wasn’t alone. I was in Yuma with my ...
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When I Wear a Bowling Jacket

I can’t decide if I’m a good decision maker. Of course, there are things that I am extraordinarily decisive about ...
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I Witnessed My First Cougar Fight

Mike and I had the distinct pleasure of going to a concert over the weekend. You may be thinking that “distinct pleasure” ...
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Sometimes I Put Socks on Our Dog

In my head, I know that people who talk about their dogs too much are annoying. Multiply that annoying factor ...
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High Elevation Crop Dusting

Climbing mountains is fun. It’s fun for many reasons, but I will list three: You can go days without showering ...
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Becoming more American

Mike and I decided that not owning a grill was un-American. It made us feel bad.  It made us feel ...
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When I Almost Didn’t Start a Blog

I really like telling stories. I think God gave me huge eyes just so they could make a wide-open point ...
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