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Life Isn’t Supposed to Match

Have you looked through Facebook lately?  Have you visited any of your friends’ houses who have perfect Christmas decor? I look at those beautiful mantels that are adorned with Christmas villages and greenery and perfectly matching stockings.  You know the ones I’m talking about.  Every stocking is the same size, the same color and print, and they have …

Just Like That

Last weekend before dance recital she did her own lipstick. It doesn’t seem like such a big deal.  She does her own makeup all the time.  But getting ready for her recital, she decided that she would practice over the summer so she could start doing her own dance makeup next year. Just like that. My tiny …

My Child is Not Resilient

Last night I laid with my ten-year-old until the wee hours of the morning. Hubby and I went upstairs to bed at midnight, only to find she was a mess of tears. I laid and watched her sweet ten-year-old hands pick and worry at her favorite blanket in the nightlight glow. She talked of how …

In Search of Happy

“Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean.” –Thich Nhat Hanh All these Facebook and Pinterest posts talk about minimalism and positivity and enlightenment. The pursuit of “happy.” There are apps and journals and books about it. Get rid of this and add that. Appreciate more and complain less. Start your day with …

Different Kinds of Love

It’s the end of a dance competition weekend.  All my loyal Facebook friends have been subjected to picture after picture and post after post about dance. “Here she is before dancing.  Here she is after the first dance.  Here she is with three dances to go.  Here is what backstage looks like.  Here she is …