Category: Lipstick & Pearls

Daring to dream audaciously

“Mommy, can I have a brownie for breakfast?? Accompanying those words was a face trying hard to portray a serious nature. But a grin kept poking through. Audacious (as in definition No. 1 ? showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks). She very well knew what the answer would be, yet she asked anyway. Bold move. Albeit not such […]

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Choosing to ?own it? in 2016

The moment I?d worked for had arrived. For a couple years, I?ve wanted to make a family photo book that would capture and preserve our year. In 2015, I did it. I started the book around February, and worked on it occasionally during the year. I spent valuable time selecting and editing photos, coordinating backgrounds, working on visually appealing layouts […]

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Living the fixer-upper life

Since summer, our family has been trying a new subscription service available for streaming select cable networks over the Internet. Signing up for Sling TV hasn?t been life-altering, but it has given me access to one of my favorite shows. ?Fixer Upper? is a relatively new show on HGTV, featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines, a Texas couple who work to […]

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The world hurts everywhere

I spent Sunday afternoon watching the 1968 version of Disney?s ?The Love Bug? and eating cake and ice cream with my family. We were trying something new?gathering on my brother?s would-have-been 27th birthday rather than remembering alone. It was great to DO something, and plans were already formed for next year. But in the time my family took an active […]

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Free to remove the mask

Free to remove the mask

Photography is a hobby of mine. While I will never claim to be a professional, I love being able to capture life at its finest (and not so finest) moments. When selecting photos to hang on my wall or include in our family photo books, my go-to choices aren?t always the ones with smiling faces and put-together poses. In fact, […]

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Finding a way through fatigue

Suffocating trepidation. Five years ago, I was consumed with it. My tears wept suffocating trepidation. My fears blanketed suffocating trepidation. I fought an enemy that WAS suffocating trepidation. And then, I rode a trike. I sat down on the Radio Flyer tricycle I rode as a child. I tucked up my adult legs, stuffed down my adult pride, and I […]

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It?s all about encouragement

It?s hard to believe that I have been writing this column for seven years. I remember being so excited about the opportunity. As a brand new mom, the ability to write from home had a distinct appeal. And I discovered quickly that every new-parent experience had column potential. As a writer, I hope that in those seven years I have […]

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Summer ?island? has its perks

We may be far-removed from an island, but we?re living in its time zone this summer. Our family has limited commitments right now, and I?m relishing in the slowed-down pace of summertime. So when the calendar flipped to July, I had a brief moment of panic when I realized school shopping was a mere month away. But with 36 days […]

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A little dirt never hurts

Semiotics. Definition: The study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation. In other words, learning lessons from the world around us. Definitions are always descript. By formal statement, they set boundaries between elements of vocabulary. They try to make things clear. But sometimes definitions can be too wordy and convoluted. They can send you on a trip through […]

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?Let it go? is first step to growth

Our family just wrapped up our third birthday celebration in three months. The first of the three was mine. Then an art party for my oldest. Then a ?Frozen? party for my middle. Until I realized how exhausting it could be, I thought it was so clever to have our birthdays in a row: March, April, May, June. I wanted […]

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