Category: Lipstick & Pearls

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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Run from the comparison trap

With track season in full swing once again, my kids have spent time with babysitters, grandparents and daddy, but they?ve also been able to come with me to practice on occasion. As long as it isn?t a bitterly cold and windy day, I never mind having my kids down at the field with me. Sometimes they run and play on […]

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Discipline not for faint of heart

?If I only tell my kids what they can and can?t do, I?m establishing rules for them to follow. This is a part of parenting for sure, but it can?t be the whole part. If I teach them how to think, I?m establishing healthy processing patterns that will serve them when they?re no longer under my immediate watch.? ?LYSA TERKEURST […]

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Our children need advocates

A little more than two weeks ago, Gov. Brownback announced a 1.5 percent allotment affecting all public schools in the state for this budget year. This cut, mandated by Gov. Brownback without need for legislative approval, takes $28.3 million from Kansas schools, equating to $38,000 for Unified School District 410. And that?s just the first wave. The Legislature approved a […]

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Restoration pinned for 2015

Hello. My name is Malinda, and I?m addicted…to Pinterest. OK, so maybe that?s not the juicy gossip you?re looking for, but it?s the best I can do. Other social media?Facebook, for instance?I could take or leave. Twitter? Never tried it. Instagram? No account there either. But Pinterest, with its beautiful photos of spectacular organization, lovely homes, clever tips, recipes and […]

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