Category: Lipstick & Pearls

Pastor?s story is one to share

I didn?t enter the world of journalism until the fall of my sophomore year in college. My high school had a journalism program, but I was always involved in choir, so I never thought about taking it. I entered college with the plan to be a business major. Why? I?m not really sure, except it just seemed logical. Most jobs […]

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Moms can get first-day jitters, too

It?s amazing the difference a year makes. Last August I was miserably awaiting the birth of our third child. With temperatures averaging 110 degrees, I could do little more than drag myself out of bed each morning. Add to that aching muscles and constant Braxton Hicks contractions, I was more than ready. The days and weeks didn?t pass nearly fast […]

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Surprise inspiration: Collegial kids

This week I heard a self-proclaimed ?struggling freelance writer? talk about his need for a Muse to get his creative juices flowing. While I?m not into mythology and the guy didn?t strike me as reliable, he did have a point. Writers are generally inspired by something. For me, I have three subjects that tend to produce volumes of inspiration. Despite […]

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Mother focuses on encouraging ?em

There are many times when I know the Mother of the Year award is right within my grasp. There was the time when a well-known hobby store called out a Code 1 when my middle child seized an opportunity to flee the checkout lane while I maneuvered my cart and items to the counter. There was the time during last […]

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Mother?s Day can be a hard holiday

In our house, my husband and I really don?t get into celebrating the so-called ?Hallmark? holidays. Mother?s Day is generally included in that list, along with Father?s Day and Valentine?s Day. It?s not like we don?t value each other, or our parents, but we just don?t spend much energy (or money) to mark those set-aside dates. So when I found […]

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Itching, like beauty, is skin deep

After staring at a blinking cursor for over an hour last night, writing occasionally, deleting frequently, I did the only thing I could. I turned off the computer and turned on the TV. Maybe it?s the way I?ve been trained. Since as long as I can remember, my teachers have stressed the importance of the opening paragraph. The hook. Readers […]

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Turning 30 a ?surprise? transition

It?s the start of a new decade this week. I turn 30. Over the past days, a few friends asked if I was doing anything special to celebrate. The answer: not really. At least nothing big. My mom and I are going shopping without kids. (So I guess that?s pretty big in and of itself. I won?t have to chase […]

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Coffee is my connection to normal

Maybe it?s because it?s a Monday morning. Or maybe it?s not getting enough rest for the last six to eight months. Maybe it?s giving up my snooze button for Lent. Or maybe it?s because there?s a new bottle of white chocolate caramel creamer in my fridge. Or it could just be the perfect storm of maybes. But I can?t seem […]

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If you give mom a drink mix…

If you give a mom drink mix, she?ll want some hot water to go with it. She?ll run some water in a Pyrex container and put it in the microwave. She?ll probably be on her way out the door, so she?ll pull a travel mug from the cabinet. When the microwave dings, she?ll retrieve her water and set it on […]

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Christmas season is still magical

A couple of nights ago, my husband and I watched the classic holiday movie ?Christmas Vacation.? We laughed as good ol? Clark Griswold drove under a semi-truck, stapled himself to a gutter, fussed with 25,000 twinkle lights and ran from a misplaced squirrel. And all those mishaps were in the name of a ?good, old-fashioned? Christmas. Poor guy. He just […]

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