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Ugly Sickness

Last Friday, my daughter had two, out of four needed immunizations. It was an awful experience. After the first one she grabbed onto me with such force her fingers turned white. “Don’t let him do that to me again, momma!” she frantically cried. It was so excruciating having to watch her in such terror that… Continue reading Ugly Sickness

Encouragement

I’m Not a Bad Mom

“I’m not a bad mom.” I force myself to say it… ~~~~~~~~ The three of us throw our hands into the circle, “One, two, three, FAMILY!” we shout before going into the children’s museum. The morning was going so good. Better than good even. And then I blew it. The three of us entered the… Continue reading I’m Not a Bad Mom

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But Grace

We were having friends over to the pool, and I was running like a mad woman trying to make it look like our place was always this spotless. Except, my mad woman skills kept being interrupted by fighting and whining and clinging–all morning long. I felt I was reaching my end when one last fight… Continue reading But Grace

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And I Saw Handsome

To my son, I watch as you strut around the house in those little basketball underwear, proudly showing off that rounded belly and chubby legs. I know that someday soon that belly will grow tight with abs, those legs long and lean. You will style your hair, wear the designer clothes. You will look good,… Continue reading And I Saw Handsome

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Get Naked

To my daughter, Someday you will meet the man of your dreams. You will get married, and have lots of fun. You will leave the lights on in the night hours, confidently walking before him. You will┬ástrut and you will stride, knowing you are beautiful. Because you are his bride. He chose you, and there… Continue reading Get Naked

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Why Have I Been Writing So Much?!

For all of you who have been following me for a while, you know that this sudden spurt in writing is unusual. I had only been blogging about once a week, and now it is suddenly becoming a Monday though Friday thing? What happened?? Well, first I burned out. And I was actually about to… Continue reading Why Have I Been Writing So Much?!

Encouragement

Sacrifice and Wine County

This past Friday our family headed out to Temecula’s beautiful wine country┬áto enjoy some time at their annual Balloon and Wine Festival. As the sun dropped behind the mountains they began to air up the hot air balloons, and once all were finally set, the countdown began. “10, 9, 8…” the crowd cried out. I… Continue reading Sacrifice and Wine County