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Dear Single Men next Door, I Am Watching You

Dear Single Men next Door, I Am Watching You

Two weeks ago we moved back into the city. Little birds that we are, we read the snow and sub zero temperature report, packed up, and went…north actually, down, out of the mountains. We landed back on our block with our comfortable neighbors, familiar sirens, 10 minutes from all things convenient. There is a new development, however. We now share a city lot with four bachelors who live in the house next to us. Bonafide twenty somethings, big trucks, single-ish,…

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10 Women I Want My Daughters to Emulate: A Prayer

10 Women I Want My Daughters to Emulate: A Prayer

¬† Sometimes, I watch my children’s behavior toward a sibling and I cringe, not because of the action displayed, but because of the soil of the child’s heart revealed by the unsightly performance. There are also times I catch a glimpse of my daughter’s countenance that pierces my heart, for it is a sad look that, at times, seeps into her, causing her little frame to slouch. I ask her what is wrong, she doesn’t know. She is struggling with…

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Hey, New Mom, You’re Doing Great! A Letter

Hey, New Mom, You’re Doing Great! A Letter

Years ago I read a book entitled, My Hutterite Life. Within its pages were the details of life in a Hutterite colony. One practice of theirs sent me swirling. Nonchalantly, this young writer explained the happenings¬†following a birth in the family. When a baby is born, new mom and baby stay in bed for two weeks and just BE, BOND, HEAL while other women in the family/colony descend on her home to keep it running. WHAT?! Two weeks!! As I…

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‘Cuz I’m the Man?

‘Cuz I’m the Man?

Years ago, I heard a mom speaking on a Family Life Today broadcast how she had instilled in her little boys chivalry and leadership. From a young age, the little men were asked to hold doors for ladies, even their sisters. I took this to heart with my own boys. Granted, they are but 4 and 2 years old, but hey, it is never too early to start, right?

To the Brides in My Summer: A Letter

To the Brides in My Summer: A Letter

First of all, thanks so much for getting married and adding three glorious, ADULT events to my offspring saturated calendar. My eyebrows and mom jeans closet are grateful for a reason to wax the ladies back into place and locate a dress that does not require kid proofing. For these, I am indebted to each of you.

Fun Dad Vs. Task Master Mom: A Letter

Fun Dad Vs. Task Master Mom: A Letter

Dear Fun Dad, You, my dear husband, have been increasing my blood pressure lately. You designed and fashioned from the deep well hidden within your mind a play set replete with knotted, climbing ropes. As if this was not entertaining enough, you felt led to run a zip line over the raging creek behind our cabin sure to be safe for our two year old. Contrastingly, I require said toddler to drink cod liver oil, sans flavoring, with his breakfast…

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