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The Grand Canyon and Sedona

Last week was spring break.  I’ve written before about how important it is to both Matt and me that Grace and Whit see the world. That impulse has driven us to Jerusalem, to Washington DC, to the Galapagos, and to Paris.  Last week it took us to the Grand Canyon and to Sedona, Arizona. In […]

10 Things I Want my 10 Year Old Son to Know

It feels like just moments ago that I reflected on the things I wanted Grace to know, deep in her marrow, before she turned ten.  But now it’s Whit who’s staring double digits in the face.  In less than two months he’ll be ten, and there won’t be anyone with a single-digit age in our […]

Not that kind of mother

I grew up in a decidedly “the more the merrier” environment.  For starters, at the very heart, my family of four was sort of a family of sixteen.  The other three families were a part of our daily life in the loose, everyday way that I understand now reflects true intimacy.  Each of those six […]

What they’ve taught me

How is it possible that this picture was taken five years ago?  August, 2008.  My teachers in swimwear. It’s not a secret that I used to scoff when I read or heard people proclaim that their children were their “greatest teachers!”  Whatever, I used to whisper under my breath.  How is that possible?  But as […]

This is thirty eight

I loved our This is Childhood series this winter.  I loved writing This Is Ten about my first child, my pioneer, my grace, my Grace. I keep thinking of things that describe my now, and thought I would write my own grown-up version. So: this is thirty eight. Thirty eight is solidly in the middle […]

Let go … again, still, more

I adore this piece about 15 Things You Should Give Up to be Happy.  Loved.  And it made me think of how often I write about letting go.  I write about it a lot.  A search for “let go” in my archives yielded 26 pages of results.  I could do a favorite-posts-post JUST of “let […]

Some changes

This September will mark seven years of blogging for me.  I love writing here.  To say it has had a substantial impact on the way I live my life is an understatement.  Blogging has introduced me to a community of writers I’d never imagined meeting, brought me back to the person who loves to write, […]

Isn’t it amazing how fast things can change?

This picture, while it is of bedtime, is not specifically related to this post.  I love it, though, because it demonstrates the kids sleeping on the floor when we visited our closest friends’ house this winter.  This is a classic move from my family, to unroll a sleeping bag and crash, and I’m quite proud […]

Things you do when you are an adult

I am turning 39 this summer.  I have a 10 year old and an 8 year old.  I drive an SUV, own a house, have been married almost 13 years, and have a graduate degree.  It’s pretty hard to deny that I’m an adult.  I’m constantly surprised, however, by what it takes to make me […]

There is room for all of us

One afternoon last week Grace was telling me about a conversation she had with a friend about being competitive.  They were discussing the pros and cons of that trait, and, Grace said, she told her friend, “Well, my mother is not competitive at all.”  I was equally taken aback, I think, by the fact that […]