Category: Lipstick & Pearls

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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Growth is reason for thanksgiving

It?s here. That day filled with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and pumpkin pie. And football. And family. And thanksgiving. It?s apparent when I take stock of my life that I have much to be thankful for. And Thanks?giving is a perfect time to count those blessings. That?s totally the purpose of the holiday, even if we sometimes tend […]

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?Out with the girls? has new sense

While dining out with a group of friends last weekend, another patron casually observed that I was ?out with the girls.? In response I said, ?No, they are at home.? Oh my. As my matter-of-fact statement registered as a major flub-up, my face went red-hot as I stumbled around trying to correct my obvious mess-up. As I confessed my flightiness […]

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Back in the saddle with child No. 3

We?re back in the saddle again. At least those lyrics by Gene Autry are all that keep going through my mind as I listen to the blends of new lungs mixed with little girls who keep talking instead of sleeping. Our family landed back in the throes of newborn craziness Aug. 31 with the birth of our third baby and […]

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Back in the saddle with child No. 3

We?re back in the saddle again. At least those lyrics by Gene Autry are all that keep going through my mind as I listen to the blends of new lungs mixed with little girls who keep talking instead of sleeping. Our family landed back in the throes of newborn craziness Aug. 31 with the birth of our third baby and […]

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Identity changes as delivery nears

As with anything lasting for months on end, it?s realistic to expect hard moments, easy moments, dull moments, anxious moments and everything in between. With pregnancy, it?s no different. It just has a bit of predictability to it?if you can even call it that. You start with the excitement, possibly followed (and in my case, definitely followed) by a few […]

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Living summer in survival mode

So far, summer 2012 can be summed up in one word: Busy. We had a moving sale at the end of May, followed by harvest where I was in charge of meals, followed by my sister-in-laws? wedding where I was the coordinator, followed by Vacation Bible School where I taught a group of 4-year-olds, followed by another moving sale, followed […]

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Downsizing is part of next move

While debating the best way to approach this column, I kept coming back to something I wrote four years ago while still gaining my footing as both a new mom and a new columnist. Back in those days, I was in the throes of caring for my first newborn and to be honest, I think probably also on the verge […]

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