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About shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.

Simple Sunday – Practicing Wearing Pants

The mornings have become cold here in Arizona.  The temperatures have been in the low 40’s when I drop the boys off at their school. And still, they do not want to wear pants.  Finally I insisted. So Carter wears … Continue reading

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The Substance of Grief

This morning, the first day after the day of the death of my father-in-law, I found myself trying to define the sense and complexity of grief. What could I use to define it?  Grief is a long list of adjectives … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – The Small in the Vast

We went on a hike in the desert mountain range near our house today.  I took many pictures looking across the vastness of the city surrounding us. But what I saw looking down, just off the edge of the trail, … Continue reading

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The First, but I Suspect, not the Last

Apparently sometime last week, Cody did not eat his snack.  It simply stayed put, forgotten in the dark recesses of the outer pocket of his new backpack. That is, until tonight. It took me several minutes to determine what it … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – Soda Fountain Smiles

Happiness is… a root beer float.

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Day after Halloween Car Conversations

cody:  Carter, wouldn’t it be soooo cooool if we were in an accident and after the airbags inflated and saved us, they popped open and they were filled with candy?!? I don’t know about you all, but immediately after a … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – Trick or Treating Husband Style

This is the loot Cody came home with after a long night of trick or treating with his brother and Husband.  Do you see three things that are not like the others? I had spend the entire day in bed … Continue reading

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Memories with a Side of Spice Cake

Tuesday would have been my dad’s 81st birthday.  It has been three and a half years since he died.  Cody was in Kindergarten and Carter was a preschooler.  Their memories of him, I’m afraid, are mostly built upon photographs and … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – Lost in the Corn Maze

Today we went a pumpkin patching.  There were bouncy houses, tall tube slides, hay rides, a petting zoo, and a corn maze.  It was a good time although I have to admit that the corn maze gave me a bit … Continue reading

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The Neatly Folded Napkins

Everyday as I pack my boys their school lunches, I make sure I include a napkin.  I don’t know why, but I carefully fold each napkin before placing it on top of their lunch container and zipping their lunch bag … Continue reading

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