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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...

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

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 checked one more time before bed, tears filled his eyes...

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...

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...