Christmas List (!)

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Confession time. One of my favorite pre-Christmas rituals is stalking every blog known to mankind in search of the ultimate gift guide. The time I waste peeking into other people’s virtual shopping bags from mid-November until December 25th is downright embarrassing but I CANNOT STOP. It’s a compulsive addiction, which is why I’m about to […]

“I have a question.”

SJ Coloring

It’s Molly’s new favorite phrase, followed by the usual onslaught of inquiries: “Can I have a drink? Where’s Ellie? Why’s Nana crying?” It’s annoyingly cute, the way she scrunches her face and demands an answer, oblivious to bigger concerns. School starts tomorrow and in ten days Savannah will be a preschooler. A meticulously stocked princess backpack […]

Wiggle, Wiggle, Gone

Loose Tooth

It started like this: Savannah: “Mom, my tooth feels funny.” Me (checking tooth): “Oh, honey that’s because it’s loose!” (internally freaking out, externally motioning for Geoff to Google it, Google it, GOOGLE IT!) Savannah: “Oh no! Is it going to fall out?” Me (trying to remain calm as Geoff scrambles to uncover whether we have a […]

Documenting June: A(nother) List

Ozark View

In the twenty-minute process of staring at my computer screen trying to decide what to blog about I’ve concluded that contentment provides little fodder for over-thinking writers like myself, which makes me seriously question the intent of past posts. Were they sincere reflections or all just prettified complaints – rose-covered dirt heaps delivered straight to […]

Lately

Flowers

There’s one day every spring where the sun shines just bright enough and the temperature creeps just high enough to conjure the first real taste of summer, and yesterday was that day. Savannah and I spent it stocking up on petunias and spinach seeds and potting soil and our very first cactus plant, to which […]