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I almost hit her

This week in Nashville has been amazing; The sun is shining and the wind is blowing lightly as it caresses cheekbones and little hands and hair. I was running late to Adrian’s game, but my phone was soundly in my purse so I wasn’t so concerned about the time that I was checking it while ...
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An 11-year old’s thought process on birthdays

I was away for the last few days for a conference in Atlanta. I really enjoyed the information I received there, but being away from home is always difficult for me. As an introvert and homebody, I need my home sensory information (my pillow, home smells, my family, the sound of my fan) to feel ...
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Dogs only speak Spanish and other lies

People frequently wonder where AJ gets his offbeat, quirky personality. I consider it for a while and then I respond with, “lots of love, some genetics and we lied to him. Alot.” All of this is true. We told ourselves we were going to be good parents that never lied to our child about anything. Fantasy ...
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Children that are smarter than their parents

Today, I was playing the popular drawing game “Draw Something.” My friend, Chris, drew the logo you see to the left and I sat there completely stumped. I’m not a cheater, so I didn’t immediately google it to find out what it meant. I did, however, yell to Leon and AJ in the other room. ...
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The life isn’t fair principle

As AJ grows older, it becomes more and more clear that he is not grasping a term that we lovingly call the “life isn’t fair” principle. Alanis Morrisette gave a nod to it in her 1990′s hit song, “Ironic,” and it is one of the hardest principles for kids to grasp as they move into ...
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The best Valentine for a tired mom

The last few weeks have been tiring. I’ve been working on a dissertation, my internship, my teaching job and quite a few other things. I haven’t spent as much time just relaxing and enjoying my family as I would like, but it hasn’t been terribly stressful, either. There just hasn’t been much free time. The ...
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10-year old Ashlynn Conner commits suicide

This is my kneejerk reaction, so I don’t know if this will be a well-thought out post that elicits the response of “thank you and I appreciate what you wrote.” I am ok with this. Right now, I keep repeating to myself, and over and over, “This is not ok. This is not ok. This ...
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The dog stands alone…

Sometimes I hate being a parent. Blaspheme, right? It’s true. Part of being a parent means that I have to do the hard work such as disciplining my child when he misbehaves or chooses to mess around in class as opposed to choosing to learn and distract those around him. This makes my job as a ...
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My date with the Loch Ness Monster

You got me. I admit it, and not even grudgingly: I am fascinated with conspiracy theories. I’m not one of those people that has to follow them or go after them or do anything to spur them on. However, from the time I was A.J.’s age (9-ish), I remember being fascinated by things that were of a ...
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For love of a child, Dominick’s Law

From the time he was born, I have never taken my son for granted. His specialness was not lost on me when I looked into those royal blue eyes that would eventually turn a chestnut brown. He could make the people around him perform like circus animals. The night he was born I lay awake ...
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