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“It hurts too much to smile”

The past couple of days our neighborhood has been filled with bicycles.  Riding up and down the streets.  Children racing and laughing and it has been absolutely wonderful, as they stretch their legs and spirits after long days of learning. Yesterday Cooter and our Princess were out riding with friends, old and new.  Then it… Continue reading “It hurts too much to smile”

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To Think I Was Worried He’d Never Read

This morning my little guy greeted me with a big hug.  He's not always such a happy riser, so I was surprised and thankful. When I got back from walking Miss Sophie, he came up to me with a huge smile on his face.  I assumed this was more of his good mood, and then… Continue reading To Think I Was Worried He’d Never Read

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Cooter and What Matters To Him

This evening Cooter, who has been a little puny with the sniffles today, came and sat next to me.  He wanted to show me a video he found.  This video showed row by row a display of every Star Wars Lego minifigure ever made. EVER MADE. TEN WHOLE MINUTES. About two minutes in, as he… Continue reading Cooter and What Matters To Him

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maple syrup

as I reach to turn on the faucet and wash my hands I feel the stickiness and the faint smell of maple wafts up to my nose I smile remembering your smile and enthusiasm over the waffle and syrup on your plate this morning "They're besties--waffles and syrup are!" you exclaimed saluting the friendship with… Continue reading maple syrup

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A Good Story About One Who Is Growing Up

And speaking of a good story..... we were, last night.  About big stories and good stories. Last night at Evening Prayer we discussed a program that our local coffeehouse has--Backpack Buddies.  Each weekend, children who might otherwise go hungry receive non-perishable healthy snacks to help them have enough to eat when they are away from… Continue reading A Good Story About One Who Is Growing Up

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“Grandmothers Are Very Good Cooks”

Last Sunday we spent the day at Lake LBJ in Texas.  My Fella's aunt and uncle have a house there, and his parents, siblings, and their families all joined us there for a day of hanging out, visiting, and having fun. The day was warm but not too hot.  The water was just right, and… Continue reading “Grandmothers Are Very Good Cooks”

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Stories for Daddy with a Brownie on the Side

Today is my Daddy's birthday.  March 23.  Another one.  Without him.  This is the fourth without him here with us.  The third since we gathered with Mama and planted the tea olive at the foot of his grave. How is that even possible?  Time is an elusive creature. Today we made a small pan of… Continue reading Stories for Daddy with a Brownie on the Side

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Legos, All the People, and Being Friends with God

This afternoon I was heading to our next adventure with the littles in the backseat.  They were having some kind of conversation between the two of them, as I had the jazz music playing and they were not interested in listening at all. Cooter got really frustrated, and I can't remember why, but his frustrated,… Continue reading Legos, All the People, and Being Friends with God

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Fiction or Non-Fiction?

It amazes me how our children pick up on things that are on our minds and hearts, without us even speaking them. Or maybe it's just that I'm tying what they're asking into what's weighing on me. Either way, Cooter and I had some interesting conversation today, while he was trying to distract me from… Continue reading Fiction or Non-Fiction?

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Identity Theft and Taking Life by the Tail

Just another Cooter story to share a smile with you this weekend. We watch some cooking shows together as a family.  These are usually recorded so we can zip through commercials.  Yeah, our time is that precious.  (And yeah, the commercials are usually that bad.) Sometimes one of the remote controller people (read me or… Continue reading Identity Theft and Taking Life by the Tail