October 22, 2019
Dear H, 3 years old

Dear H, It may be a fourth kid phenomenon, but these past three years have been a blur. You were a chubby, smiling baby in my arms and - blink - you are now a blonde-haired, long-limbed little boy. Sometimes I think back to when we were trying to decide about having a fourth baby […]

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May 7, 2019
Dear A, 7 years old

Dear A, If I were to describe you to a friend in one sentence, I would say, "she is a girl of deep character, quiet goodness, and genuine humility." You are remarkably selfless for a child (or an adult, for that matter). Whenever ice cream or cake is served, you wait to be the last […]

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April 13, 2019
Dear O, age 10

Dear O, You are fire and ice, sugar and spice. You are so much like the ocean - raging waves, whispering peace. Although you don't have red hair, you and Anne Shirley are truly kindred spirits. Intelligent. Stubborn. Winsome. Almost always with a book in your nose or a pencil in your hand, you remind […]

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January 18, 2019
37 things on my 37th birthday

Whenever anyone asks my age, the number catches me by surprise. I don't mind growing older though. Each year is a chance to love and learn more. I am grateful for every breath - knowing that each one could be my last. I'm writing out this list to preserve this moment in time (and because […]

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January 10, 2019
Mary Poppins Returns: (Almost) Practically Perfect

"Well, what do you know?"I leaned over to whisper to my husband as the final credits began to roll, "Disney does still know how to make magical movies." It was late December and we were sitting in a local movie theatre with our three daughters (ages 12, 9, and 6) for a sold out showing of […]

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October 13, 2018
Dear K, 12 years old

Dear K, I'm glad you're finally twelve because, for the past few years, you've told us, "I've always wanted to be twelve." Now that you're here, you'll probably be pining for fifteen. You've always been both mature for your age and one to look ahead with expectancy at the future. You are a to-do list […]

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