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from the archives: sparks

I wrote this a little over a year after Kyle and I got married, in January of 2011. We’ve been married almost four years now, dating for seven, and although I am no expert, I still find this true. It is always worth it, even on the hardest of days.  ———— A few weeks ago, my mom dropped off a lot of junk from my old room in her house-–mostly a collection of journals, yearbooks, scrapbooks, art projects, etc. I went down memory lane a bit tonight–always a dangerous thing… Read more from the archives: sparks

weeds are the best of teachers

We spent nearly four hours ripping out weeds today. We pulled, yanked, and threw out weed after weed. It’s not their fault, really. It’s all because we ignored them for months, pretended they didn’t exist, and walked around them as if we would pull up to our driveway one day and they would just be gone. I’ve reminded Kyle for months–as if I don’t have hands –and blamed him for these weeds around our house that resemble a garden of procrastinators. But. . . I have hands. And I have… Read more weeds are the best of teachers

let’s hug.

“You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who’ve never had any.” (Bill Cosby) Truer words have yet to be spoken. I confess, I was a little afraid of myself pre-parenting. I thought I would fight the comparison-game, size up other parents and wonder whose kid was better at eating organic carrots. I envisioned long days sitting outside of pre-school pickup, dodging other moms with fear of judgment and scowling. But I’ve been shocked (and relieved) to find the very opposite.… Read more let’s hug.