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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May 19, 2015
That Time My 8-Year-Old Got Stabbed By A Lost Boy (True Story!)

It's no secret that Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom is one of our family's favorite shows! Everything is exactly on cue - the costumes are extravagant, the dancing is perfectly choreographed, and the cast demonstrates a huge amount of energy and personality. On the afternoon of May 10, our family was fortunate […]

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April 17, 2015
Yes Person

My niece and my daughter - both kindergarteners - were bent over a desert plant, enchanted by bunches of bright wildflowers. Not on purpose, I had walked up quietly and their conversation went on - undisturbed by an adult's presence. They were making plans for something - an afternoon at the grandparent's house or a […]

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