Category: Lipstick & Pearls

Parenting has a humbling effect

As an old Chinese proverb says, ?Arrogance invites ruin, humility receives benefits.? And there?s nothing like parenthood to deal out humility in large doses. Just when I think I deserve a big pat on the back for a job well-done, another misadventure?most often in the shape of one (or both) of my daughters?hits like a rock. And knocks me back […]

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Life is better when it?s gift-wrapped

By nature?and maybe birth order?it goes against part of my soul to fly by the seat of my pants. It?s great when life comes gift wrapped and tied with the proverbial pink, polka-dot bow. I like neat and tidy. And I like gift-wrapped boxes that come pre-adorned. But life with kids is to beautiful gifts as a tornado is to […]

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Bugs represent dark side of winter

It?s been a long winter, and I?m not referring to the weather. In fact, I rather enjoy all kinds of weather, including the beauty of a fresh snowfall?even 15-plus inches. I know I?m in the minority with that statement?I?m sure most of you are cringing. But deep down, all you winter-haters have to admit there?s something glorious about stepping out […]

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May new year be better organized

I tend to start each new year with high expectations. I want all the resolution-type things?although I rarely go so far as to actually write down my resolutions. I just think about them. A lot. For this year, I want my household to be more organized?as in, finding specific places for all the new Christmas gifts our family received. It […]

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All about traditions this Christmas

Over the weekend, Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church revived an old Christmas tradition?door-to-door caroling. Apparently, years ago, the Ebenfeld youth group gathered in Hillsboro following the church?s annual Christmas Eve program to spread some Christmas cheer. The teenagers, along with the youth leaders, caroled around the community all through the night. Around 2 a.m., the group was fed, and then the […]

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Thankful amid a high-stress year

A fresh take. That?s what I wanted to accomplish when I first began thinking about my topic for this month?s Lipstick and Pearls. It was obvious what I had to write about. November is all about Thanksgiving. But I wanted innovation. Some quick-witted adeptness. This is what I came across instead: ?They began now to gather in the small harvest […]

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Book fetish catching on with kids

I?ve said it before, and I?ll say it again: I love books. If given the time, I can hammer through a solid 200-plus page novel in a day. Although the opportunity for several uninterrupted hours of reading a big-girl book has eluded me since my 2-year-old was born. Now I read in rhyme. And most stories have animals as protagonists. […]

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Finding self in the daily adventure

With some rare, but always welcomed, alone-time, I found myself browsing through Et Cetera Shop. I wasn?t looking for anything in particular; I was more just relishing in some quiet time. My usual tag-alongs were in the capable hands of great-grandma, and after a fast trip to the grocery store, I decided to stop at the thrift store so as […]

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Whatever happened to chivalry?

Like any writer, I?m always on the lookout for good subject matter. As you can probably tell, I enjoy writing about my daughters. But I also enjoy re-hashing humorous or otherwise entertaining material through this column. Just last week, in fact, I stood amid the perfect storm of column material. Here are the key components. The five Ws. Who? My […]

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An answer to our story problem

?This year, your brother Jack will be two years from being twice as old as your sister Jen. The sum of Jack?s age and three times Jen?s age is 66. How old is Jen?? If you?re like me, your palms are sweating and you?re contemplating a trip to the medicine cabinet to treat an inevitable headache. The combination of the […]

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