It’s Really Something

This little guy was perfect today. We had a wonderful day. His mama, daddy, Pops, Grandpa, and other family members worked on his new home. But we played. There is something about being with him—how he looks in my eyes deeply like he’s trying to communicate to me and looking […]

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The Best Is Yet To Come

I wrote this piece last night right before bed. “The Perfect Family” is my nickname for our neighbors who live across our little lake. I call them “The Perfect Family” because they are so fun and have a chocolate Labrador Retreiver.   The Perfect Family had a party tonight. It […]

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Good Silly Fun

Today was lots of fun. I reaped the joy of all my preparation this week—being with the focus group women and my family. I loved every minute. I took several pictures today. I posted a couple on Instagram. But this one is my favorite. It is not posed. Harvey plopped […]

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Another Delightful Day

This little boy was my day—my whole day. We played outside, went for a walk with Pops and the puppy, played inside, watched Daniel Tiger, and changed many diapers. Yep, I’ve written a blog similar to this one a few times. Each day with The Grand is an adventure—fun and […]

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Sheer Delight

These pictures from our dinner tonight tell the story. I don’t need to say a word. (But I will.) You can see his mind working—what can I do with a spoon and fork? I’m sure he’s not the first toddler to ask that question in his mind. After a few […]

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A Day of Wonder and Delight

Today was one of those fill-me-up-but-exhaust-me days. We’re keeping The Grand overnight. He is in the exploratory stage so Gene and I spend much of our time watching him gather and line up rocks, while helping him up and down the porch and deck steps. He’s into throwing balls and […]

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Tips for Being the Parent Your Child Needs When He Needs It

Our girls are all married and settling into “adult” life—babies, careers, finishing grad school and starting a career. From a distance it seems they are in a similar stage of life. However, I, the mom, see up close and I see what they need from me is different from their […]

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Simple Ways to be an Intentional Parent

  On my morning run I pass a house where often the dad, kids and their eleven-year-old yellow Labrador (I stopped to ask his age!) play on the driveway while they wait for the bus. Last year the kids rode their scooters around the driveway. Today the little girl was […]

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