April 30, 2023
Dear A, 11 Years Old

Dear A, You were made for prairie life. You love running around with barefeet, regardless of the surface beneath your toes. In fact, you recently asked why anyone would want to put their feet in "square boxes" (aka shoes). Somehow you don't even flinch when scrambling up trees or hopping across stones, smiling widely without […]

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March 30, 2023
Dear O, 14 Years Old

Dear O, You were born at 8:30pm on a mid-March eve two weeks before your official due date. The birth could be described in contrasting terms - it was both fast and furious AND overwhelmingly peaceful. When Tim leaned down to catch you and then passed you tenderly into my arms, I was mesmerized by […]

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October 18, 2020
Dear K, 14 Years Old

Dear K, If anyone asks me what it is like to have a teenager, I know exactly what to say. My complete and honest answer is this: It's one of the greatest blessings in my life. As each year goes by, I am amazed by your beauty, strength, and goodness. Because you are such an […]

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March 24, 2020
Dear O, 11 Years Old

Dear O, You are the the Jo March of our family. A writer. An actress. A performer. A poet. You love fiercely and truly. You speak clearly and influentially. You even have pencil marks on your hand from so much writing. (And, yes, you have the fiery temper to match too). When you take any […]

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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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October 1, 2016
1st visit to sephora

I went to Sephora for the first time today. Tim and the kids waited outside in the car with the air-conditioning running - and I ran in to try to get "color-matched" for a tinted moisturizer. At thirty-four years old, I still don't wear any make-up besides my signature red lipstick. In part, I've just never wanted […]

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