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Pink is for the Girls

This post is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is October and there is pink everywhere. Honestly, some of the places I see pink seems a bit silly to me. Does an NFL player wearing pink socks do anything? I'm not sure, but perhaps the cumulative effect...

Not Seeing the Forest for the Trees

After the water from Harvey had receded and the winds of Irma calmed Montana was still burning. Over 1,000,000 charred acres. Many of us live in suburban jungles where the typical yard is a quarter acre, we really can't comprehend such a vast space. Denis Malone has...

In God’s Time Our Time Will Come

Where I live people say "going up north" or "heading to the cabin" as commonly as hello. It seems many have a retreat. I'm a water lover without a shore to call home. Being near the water calms my sometimes anxious mind like nothing else. It is my happy place. My...

What If We All Just Kept It Simple?

The Minnesota State Fair ended on Labor Day. It had the largest attendance of any fair in our state's history. My son and I went on the opening day while everything was clean, workers still enthusiastic, and carnival rides in good working order. I've never been to...

Reflections on Success

Writing has always been something I liked to do. When I was a kid I would write out elaborate plans and poems. As a teenager, my mom and I would sometimes exchange notes to effectively communicate. In college, I would sometimes help my now husband write papers because...

First Day Fears

My newsfeed was filled with an endless stream of the adorable first day of school photos. All the kiddos in their favorite outfits, some holding cute signs, all the smiles. Their joyful anticipation and excitement easy to see. I cried as I scrolled through them. I...

How The Eclipse Proved Me Wrong

I love seeing new things. Routine is comfortable, but it dulls the senses. A new place comes with sights and smells and flavors that bring everything back to life. That to me seems like magic. So a while back when my husband's work offered us a trip to California I...

Don’t Underestimate the Power of an Emoji

This post was originally shared on Her View From Home. Our son kept checking his phone. “He still hasn’t responded,” he’d tell me. I tried to downplay it and suggest perhaps his text hadn’t gone through, but our tech savvy boy knew better. Dad wasn’t responding. He...

7 Tips for Parenting Tweens

Maybe its because I’m not great with numbers or I tend to be a bit naive, but I’m smart enough to know this would happen. It is completely logical of course. Perhaps because I’m also a bit of a dreamer, this phase caught me off guard. Seriously, it was just yesterday...

On The Verge of Goodbye

The other night we spent a few hours in a place no one wants to visit. The hospice floor of a hospital, a place where life and death literally hang in the balance. As we made our way from the parking ramp to the fourth floor we passed signs directing us to many places...

Don’t Outgrow Me Yet

This is one of my all-time favorite posts, originally published on Her View From Home. My only child's ninth birthday is approaching. Half of his childhood is in the books. My day to day mom duties are half over. Where the hell did the time go? Perhaps by the time he...

Sometimes I Miss Five

This post is one of my all-time favorites and was originally shared on Her View From Home. For the last few months, I’ve found myself missing my five-year-old. Don’t get me wrong, I love him as the nine-year-old he is now, but oh five was sweet. Five was full of...

I Catch Myself

More often than I'd like to admit I stumble. I fall short of the person I'd like to be. I catch myself being impatient. I catch myself making judgments that aren't mine to make. A couple years ago I was having one of those good days where I felt on top of my game. It...

Ode to the Evening Walk

An evening walk is a soothing ointment. It takes some of the sting away. It is time to both escape and reconnect. These precious few minutes can put all of the previous hours into clearer focus by softening the lens through which they are viewed. Dusk is my favorite...

Knowing Your Worth

This post was originally shared on Her View From Home. It used to happen every two weeks. It was routine and expected. It was sometimes anticipated but often taken for granted. It was earned. It was praise for hard work. It was recognition. It provided security,...

Life Lessons and Lawnmowing

We have recently expanded our yard. In the new area, we prepared the soil, fed it fertilizer, and spread grass seed. In the time since we've faithfully watered. We watched the black dirt anxiously awaiting some sign of life. Then almost magically it appeared. Little...

The Almost Invisible Girl

It was almost like she was never there and yet I can't get the image of her out of my head. My son and I were spending the day running errands together and stopped for lunch at a Subway in a quaint town we both enjoy. The sun was shining, the sky blue, and we were...

Kindness Ripples

I have found a way to get a little thrill out of grocery shopping. It is a simple act of kindness that only costs 25 cents that brightens my day. Grocery shopping is not high on my list of favorite activities. As a family, we are trying to eat healthier and all those...

A Day to Honor Daddy

Memorial Day changed for me one morning in September. A friend had recruited me to help out with a charity event benefitting families of fallen soldiers. I'm a bit of a yes person when asked to help and this seemed worthy of that response. In has turned out to be one...

In The Shadow of Service

Karen had everything she had ever wanted in life. She had a husband, two young children, a house, a dog. She loved her role in the Army wife community. Her soldier husband had safely returned home from service in Kuwait. They could finally be a family. The white...