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On Love and Parenting

We often think of love in the context of instants: spotting a future partner, walking down the aisle, the smacking reality of a brand new baby handed to us for safekeeping. It’s human nature to anticipate these pivotal moments and to inflate them in our minds, allowing them to serve as our definition of a deep…

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801 Eleventh Street

We pulled through town and turned off the main thoroughfare, crossing the railroad tracks as we’ve always done and driving up the hill. . As it has for well over a century, the little old house sat there stoically as life moved on around it.  Surrounded by streets on all three sides, it is its…

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In Defense Of The Blurry Ones

At a recent holiday gathering, my eleven year old temporarily owned an array of miscellaneous items during a white elephant exchange.  Before it was swiped away by a family member, she examined her spoils and found an unused disposable camera.  In an effort to identify the strange item, she read the packaging and still appeared…

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At The Beach

We were heading to the beach, and it felt like going to see an old friend. There is a goodness to revisiting a place you’ve been before, because the familiarity adds a layer of calm and knowing anticipation. We knew the landscape as it unfolded, and we saw it in a way that felt reassuring.…

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Tackling Texas

Our last family vacation was a road trip from northwest Arkansas to Galveston, Texas for a family reunion.  Along the way we spent several days in Houston, which is a fun and very affordable city with lots of family-friendly sights and activities.  Here are some highlights from our adventures: After staying the night in my…

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To The Moon

The girl is sitting next to me, and we’ve both taken our favorite (super soft!!) blankets and wrapped ourselves up in them – burrito-style – before carefully inserting ourselves beneath the covers. . It is 3 degrees outside in Arkansas on January 6. My husband reminisces that the last time he recalls such affronting cold…