Archives for Families

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Love Expands

Over the weekend, my sister-in-law got married. This was actually a very big deal for many reasons in my family, but for AJ and myself, it was a big deal because we would be meeting one of my sisters-in-law and her family for the first time in the time I’ve been married, as well as ...
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To my sister on her 16th birthday

Dear Sister, Sixteen years is such a short time. Right now, it doesn’t seem like it because it’s all you’ve known, but I was exactly that age when you were born and I could probably, if I choose to, remember a time that there wasn’t a you in my world, but I don’t. Since there was ...
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He’s in a mood.

When AJ went to Illinois for Thanksgiving, he and his cousin Lola went to see the movie “Tangled.” While they were at the mall, they saw these mood rings that they just had to have. Now, I can understand Lola needing new jewelry. What 10-year-old-girl doesn’t believe she needs new jewelry? I wondered, however, why ...
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Carson and the candy corn

Thanksgiving was ample opportunity for me to see my family in action. Holidays tend to brief out the best and worst in people, even the littlest ones. Perhaps the proper commentary on this is that the littlest ones recognize that, in the hub of activity among the adults, the opportunity for mischief is unbridled and ...
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And for this we give thanks…

In a year where, at times, I would rather have given up than given thanks, Thanksgiving rolls around and I am once again reminded that there are holidays to come that will be filled with joy and happiness if I allow them to be as such. There are circumstances beyond my control and people and ...
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Sweet Home Illinois

When things go wrong as they do, the saying goes that blood is thicker than water. I’m a firm believer in the idea that we make families of the people that we choose to allow in our hearts and keep them there. However, I’m really close to my mom and sister, who are my whole ...
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The generation gap of cell phones

Last night, my phone rang and something told me not to answer the call. Not that it was a bill collector, or a survey, or even the pizza guy telling me he couldn’t deliver for some lame reason that would cause wailing or gnashing of teeth. No, I’d been sick since Saturday and didn’t feel ...
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As the child grows…

When AJ was little, he had mad empathy. When other babies would cry, he would wail like crazy. This has never left him and I’m inclined to believe it’s part of his temperament. He’s always been the caretaker in this house, and I think it’s because he sees that when one of us is sick, ...
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Helping Children say goodbye

On Wednesday, I picked up a subdued AJ from school and prepared to bring him home. I expected him to be jubilant as he’d spent all day on a field trip and it was his last full day of school for for 3 months! As a child, I remembered the last week of school as ...
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