Feb 282014
 
Need to Know

Two years ago Sunday my mother exited this earth. I’d be a fool to not recognize all the growing I’ve done in this time and all the ways my family has been blessed despite this heartbreak, but…I MISS HER. I make up fantasies about her, making her into something she never had a chance to
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Feb 192014
 
Beautiful Things

Several months ago, something weird happened. Very weird. I started to care about myself. It wasn’t a sudden, overwhelming recognition that Meredith, outside of sippy cup provider and snotty nose wiper, existed, but it was more a dull thud of a reminder that some part of her was still hanging around somewhere.  The thud grew
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Feb 142014
 
The Two Cards

We’re simple people around here.  Before kids, Valentine’s wasn’t that huge of a deal.  Now? Like any parent knows, step aside major holidays, because there is an exorbitant display of  glitter-glued heart-shaped cards that need to squeeze their way onto the fridge before it gets ugly. Put down the red construction paper before Mommy gets cranky.
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Feb 122014
 
Mrs. Stapleton

Every once in a while you get to meet a soul who breaks your heart with sincerity and kindness.  Paige Stapleton, more familiarly known around my corner of the world as Mrs. Stapleton, was one such person.  Mrs. Stapleton was my son’s first preschool teacher.  When my family set off last year to enter the
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