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geeking out

I broke my number one marriage rule and told my husband (after almost 20 years of sticking to my guns) that he could put a TV in the bedroom.  It’s a big deal for me – and for him. He has always wanted one. I have always hated the idea (better things to do in … Continue reading

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practicing the love

Some things happened last week that are making me work to love my husband better. First, I told a (fairly empty) room full of people that loving someone doesn’t require biology – that, in fact, you love who you serve. I may have even used the word, “hogwash.” (Proud of that. What a great word!) I … Continue reading

to my kids who aren’t my kids

I’m joining Rachel’s linky party today by writing a Mother’s Day letter to my kids – well, to two of them anyway.  You’ll have to pretend for a bit that we’re in England though because it’s Mother’s Day a tad earlier on that side of the Atlantic – March 30 actually.  So, in honor, I’m writing this … Continue reading

the Bawden ask

I have a fabulous friend who I’ll call Naomi – because that’s her real name. She and her husband have been married ten years.  At some point in those years, Naomi asked her husband to a church dance as if she were asking him to prom – in other words, extravagantly.  I don’t remember all … Continue reading

I don’t even know how to title this

I have a friend, a crocheting friend, whose mother-in-law has been giving her very old crocheting magazines.  I can crochet but mostly I choose not to.  This hasn’t stopped my crocheting friend and me from giggling over these old magazines.  Not only is the crocheting amazing (think barbie clothes, ponchos, animals, etc.), the models look … Continue reading

DIY … part deux

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the big reveal of my nesting on steroids, crafty, do-it-yourself dining room table project (and part 2 of this post).  I know.  You thought I’d be too distracted by the very baby I’ve been nesting for to get around to finishing.  And you were right.  But five … Continue reading

my big man

My man.  I love him.  No one makes me laugh harder or roll my eyes more. Especially giggle/eye-roll worthy is his tendency to break into song.  We might be having a serious conversation about gun control (about which we very seriously disagree) and then it’s over because he’s singing, “Everybody run! The homecoming queen’s got … Continue reading

homework helper

After crying almost every day for three weeks about fifth grade homework (oh the pain!  the suffering!  the new math!), I stumbled on this blog post.  Julie made a suggestion that stopped me cold.  Hire a homework helper.  How did that not occur to me? Brilliant. Do you think it is odd how much money … Continue reading

say cheese!

You know how I am not trendy?  Not at all interested in being popular?  Well, I’m about to become even less trendy and I’m about to lose some friends. Cuz.  I had some pictures done.  And I’m mad as a hornet about them.  The photographer photoshopped out my freckles.  My freckles!  Are you kidding me? … Continue reading