It’s Not Enough to Just Be Thankful

The last year of our family’s life has been hectic. We endured seasons of late nights, little sleep, over-commitment, too much work, and little rejuvenation. It wasn’t all bad. We have a beautiful baby boy, Tyler and I have put more money in savings than ever before, and we enjoy the community and friendships we’ve built over the last few years. I’ve maneuvered homeschooling E, though it’s rarely easy but amazing anyways, and Tyler has built a pretty decent portfolio in design and photography. I discovered a new-found love for hot yoga and re-entered the running world with some sluggishness.
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I Don’t Want to Die When I’m 100

Do you remember ever believing everyone died when they reached 100? For a period in my life, I definitely thought everyone lived to be 100. I was reminded time and time again this week of how we often view life like children, as if we are all invincible with all the time in the world. In a funny way, I was reminded of how we think we’ll live so long when we’re young. I think most people have seen this video of the little girl who doesn’t want her brother to grow up. I avoided it on Facebook for a
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Let’s Be Honest – Hoarding

The other day I was singing the lyrics, “I don’t know what they want from me, it’s like the mo money we come across, the mo problems we see.” The boy E was confused. He, of course, had never heard of the Notorious B.I.G., nor had he heard the song, so he wanted to know what I was singing and why more money led to more problems. It was pretty unfathomable to him. I tried to explain how the more money and things we have leads to more responsibilities and things we have to tend to. Conveniently, I’d been reading
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Love To Hate

Image Link “Love To Hate” A few semesters back, one of my students had this tattooed on her wrist. I’m not really sure exactly why she chose this particular phrase, though I think it had something to do with a relationship in her life that she loved and hated at the same time. However, I was struck by her choice to use the phrase “love to hate” because it shows great wisdom into how we view many of our relationships. I’m not suggesting to go out and tattoo that on your wrist, but I do think her tattoo brings up a
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Amazing Mom

Mom. I’ve finally gotten to the place where I really appreciate my parents. Everyone always tells kids they’ll appreciate and understand their parents one day. Typical of any child, I didn’t believe what I heard. But I guess about the time we start turning into our parents, we also start appreciating and loving certain things we used to puzzle over. Ironic and scary. I love my mom. She seems very quiet when you first meet her, especially in large groups, but don’t let her fool you. If you get her one-on-one or in groups of people she knows well, she
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Let’s Be Honest – Thanksgiving

A Cozy Thanksgiving As the Thanksgiving week jolts into full swing, I’m constantly reminded of everything going on this week. There are the Black Friday sales and emails, food preparation for engorging ourselves on all our favorite comfort foods, family traveling, everyone congregating, memories of past Thanksgivings and the loss of gain or loved ones, Christmas music on the radio, and even the purchase and decoration of a Christmas tree. It’s overwhelming to all of our senses if we really stop and think about it. All of this stuff is definitely part of the season, but I’d hate for it
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