You’ve Got Your Hands Full

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Yep.  Sure do.  Most of the time, my hands are quite literally full of something…  Children, backpacks, groceries, lost shoes, dirty clothes, discarded toys, the makings of peanut butter and honey sandwiches, and occasionally my pillow when I collapse in a heap and sleep through the night.  If I had a dollar for all the … [Read more…]

Hello, My Name Is Rowenta.

Shortly after I began working at my first job out of graduate school, my husband, who had just completed his MBA program, called me at work one morning to say he had a job interview that afternoon, but his favorite white dress shirt was wrinkled.  He asked me if I’d come home at lunch to iron … [Read more…]

Mission: Impossible

Over the past few weeks, I have been on a mission.  This mission has taken me places I never thought I’d go, and it has had me asking questions I never thought I’d ask.  I’ve had to be braver than I ever imagined, I’ve needed skills I never thought I’d have to hone, and I’ve … [Read more…]

I Not Be Nice: Time-Out and the Five Stages of Grief

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The baby of our family may be the youngest, but she will tell you in no uncertain terms that she is NOT a baby!  She is animated, creative, determined, energetic, directive, intelligent, imaginative, persistent, mischievous, curious, fiercely independent, and downright hilarious most of the time.  She doesn’t know what all those words mean yet, but when she describes herself, she … [Read more…]

Don’t Lick the Car

My Hero

Conversations with my four children aged five and under are never dull.  Actually, in my experience, conversations with children of any age are always imaginative and often quite insightful.  Sometimes, however, they include combinations of words that I could have never imagined uttering—or interpreting in any context. For example, this past weekend, we enjoyed some … [Read more…]