Category: Lipstick & Pearls

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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People aren?t created equal after all

I should have been clued in to the atmospheric changes ahead, when 45 minutes after second daughter Jemma was born, we were taking cover from not one but two tornados heading for the Newton area. That was two years ago. Fast-forward through some rocky sleep patterns and high-speed chases (i.e., ?Jemma, no running [away] in the parking lot?), and here […]

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Parenting lessons simply never end

Our family recently gathered to celebrate my oldest?s birthday. She?s 4. Already. It?s one of those ?time goes by so quickly? situations that totally caught me off guard. My little 6 pound, 1 ounce baby girl who wore preemie clothes for the first weeks of her life is now one year away from 5. And one year away from kindergarten. […]

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Head bonk a cure for mommy guilt

Have you ever had one of those days where everything is just a little off? You wake up a few inches to the left. You run three minutes late to everything. You misjudge the proximity to which you are standing in relation to your kitchen counter, bend down and whap your forehead. Oh wait, that was probably just me. But […]

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