October 7, 2016
In defense of parents who aren’t insane

Readers. Friends. Countrymen and women. Lend me your ear and let’s chat about youth sports. Youth sports. THE LAND OF THE INSANE. Marc and I are receiving an education this fall in youth sports. Up until this time, for the first fourteen years of our parenting life, we have been entirely naive. We have done … Continue reading “In defense of parents who aren’t insane”

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May 6, 2016
Show Choir: No, we’re not kidding.

We are in show choir season around here. You heard me. Show choir season. Kind of like lacrosse season or volleyball season only with lots of sparkles and jazz hands. I used to be in show choir, before the turn of the century. I loved it. We sang, we danced, we ratted our hair, we … Continue reading “Show Choir: No, we’re not kidding.”

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April 1, 2016
A Week in the Life

Good gravy, I’m tired. Why am I so tired? Are you tired? You know this means we are old. We never used to be tired. Old people are exhausted. Probably because they have been walking and talking and processing and thinking and parenting for so long. And probably also because just seeing famous people gets … Continue reading “A Week in the Life”

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March 4, 2016
My daughter is reading one of my books.

Ana is reading Operation Bonnet. So is our mini Schnauzer, but I think Ana is getting more out of it. Or at least I hope she is. I’m trying to act natural, like it’s no biggie. Whatever, man! That’s cool. Go ahead, read it. Hope you like it. Or not. Or whatever. Of course I’m … Continue reading “My daughter is reading one of my books.”

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February 5, 2016
Winter Fashion: I Have Concerns

I’m battling a raging sinus infection and you know what I’m wearing? An infinity scarf. In case you missed last week, we have an infinity scarf issue in our house. Marc is opposed; I am in favor. We aren’t quite as heated about neckwear as we were about getting Mr. Trump out of our state … Continue reading “Winter Fashion: I Have Concerns”

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January 12, 2016
Inside Scoop: Bottom Line

Let’s be honest: when you write a novel about a Christian lingerie pyramid scheme, you should expect some pushback. After all, those poor publishers! They’d just found out Christians had sex, and now this! Cute clothes to wear and that even ENCOURAGE the having of the sex! Do you see why it’s always been touch-and-go between … Continue reading “Inside Scoop: Bottom Line”

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January 11, 2016
Inside Scoop: Balancing Act

Hi, all. And by “all,” I mean Mom. Thanks for sticking with me, Mom. And for the lovely scented candle for Christmas. You’re the best. I’ve been away, doing all sorts of things, like laundry, and never-ending dishwashing, and parenting, and spousing, and writing a novel that I buried under a tree in the backyard, … Continue reading “Inside Scoop: Balancing Act”

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September 12, 2013
Hungry for More

A week ago, the five of us joined up with a great group of folks and packed meals for hungry people. Have you heard of Meals from the Heartland? We Iowans grow a lot of food. Not to brag or anything, but we pretty much crush the Growing Food category. We’re really good at it. … Continue reading “Hungry for More”

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August 29, 2013
Can’t We All Just Get Along?

A few weeks ago, Judith Warner wrote this fascinating article for the New York Times magazine.  The gist: Moms who, a decade or so ago, jumped off the corporate ladder to stay home with their children now want back into the work force. The piece was interesting and provocative and well worth a read. Warner’s … Continue reading “Can’t We All Just Get Along?”

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August 22, 2013
Fast-Forward Family

Will the big invisible finger pushing the fast-forward button of our lives please step off? I’m serious. I’m getting irritable. When did this happen? Is anyone else hearing me on this? Four days ago, we brought Ana home from the hospital and Marc stood in her nursery in the wee hours, listening to her weep … Continue reading “Fast-Forward Family”

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August 1, 2013
Sick in July, and Other Questions for God

We are recovering from a bit of nasty over here. All three kids came down with some version of, as Thea calls it, “the pukes.” As in (to her terrified VBS volunteer): “I wish I would have been here yesterday when you had popcorn for a snack. But I couldn’t because I had THE PUKES.” … Continue reading “Sick in July, and Other Questions for God”

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July 25, 2013
Three Cheers for the Cambridge Mama!

Can we get an amen and huzzah and nice-bloody-work for this woman? Photo Credits Not only did Kate Middleton-come-Duchess-of-Cambridge become pregnant while the whole world speculated on her ovarian activity, and then carry that pregnancy past her due date while the whole world stalked her, she then birthed the child and had to appear on … Continue reading “Three Cheers for the Cambridge Mama!”

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July 11, 2013
Listening Up in the Minivan

Anybody else putting on the miles in the minivan this summer?  Listen, I didn’t ASPIRE to own a minivan. I didn’t exactly aspire to own any particular vehicle, as cars are not at the top of my Most Interesting Things List. I very much appreciate a car that runs well, has a functioning radio, cools … Continue reading “Listening Up in the Minivan”

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June 28, 2013
Hannah Mae The Courageous

Last weekend we traveled north to attend the best birthday party ever. It was for Hannah. I, for one, am so glad I get to write this story instead of speak it as I can’t seem to talk about Hannah without going into the snort-cry. We are long-time friends of Hannah’s parents, Sandi and Dave. … Continue reading “Hannah Mae The Courageous”

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June 20, 2013
Pool Time and Other Dangers

I really do love me some pool time. Am I wrong to say such a thing, in this day of skin cancer awareness and limited sun hours? Well, I do. I’m not saying I bake out there until my epidermis flakes off and  my hair catches on fire, but I do love to feel the … Continue reading “Pool Time and Other Dangers”

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June 13, 2013
8 Things I Need to Say To Single Moms

1. I don’t know how you do it. Really. I suspect you rely heavily on caffeine, liquor, and/or steroids, but perhaps I’m projecting here with what kind of medicinal support _I_ would need. Photo credits 2. Your kids might not say it every day or even once a year, but you’re doing right by loving … Continue reading “8 Things I Need to Say To Single Moms”

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June 6, 2013
Summer Book List

And so it begins! Summer va-cay, people! Lemonade, sunshine, sunburns, aloe treatments, sibling bickering, heatstroke…whoops. Sorry. Nobody likes a realist. So let’s pretend instead, shall we? Let’s pretend that you are actually going to have hours and hours to devote to your favorite hobbies. Basket weaving, macrame, gnome whittling. Photo credits And, for those of … Continue reading “Summer Book List”

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May 16, 2013
Read. Repeat.

We went to the library today, the kids and I. Do one’s library habits reveal deep and dangerous things about one’s personality? Say no. Because if my library patronage says anything about me, it’s that I love paying late fees, particularly if there is a DVD involved. I live less than a mile from our … Continue reading “Read. Repeat.”

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May 2, 2013
Winner…and Scary Woman

And the winner of the very cute 31 Bits bracelet that I have been tempted to steal is….. Joanne Schneider Ripple!  Congrats to Miss Joanne, and may she wear her new bracelet with joy and only a little bit of guilt that she didn’t just let me keep it. I am happy for Joanne. It’s … Continue reading “Winner…and Scary Woman”

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April 18, 2013
Got the Music in Me

Yesterday morning, when only fourteen people in the Midwestern time zone were awake, I arrived at the studios of Life 107.1 to substitute on the morning show. I had a blast. And I kept things clean, not one smoke break in sight. Photo credit. I tried looking professional with the big-honker headphones, but I’m pretty … Continue reading “Got the Music in Me”

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March 21, 2013
Gene Pools and Other Dangers

I heard recently that some people just do not possess the close-the-drawer gene. Evidently these particular humans are simply unable to remember to close drawers and cupboard doors after they have opened them. This seems like sketchy science to me (and in fact, my source was absolutely unscientific), but I have decided to work with … Continue reading “Gene Pools and Other Dangers”

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March 20, 2013
Thanks and an Update

Hi, all. Thank you for praying for Jada. This has been a rough week, but I think little Jada and her strong mama (and grandma!) are on a slow downhill slope. Please do remember her in your prayers and thank God with me that she is healing. Lindsay blogs beautifully and usually with a frequency … Continue reading “Thanks and an Update”

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March 13, 2013
Holding Out for A Hero(ine)

I’m really so sad about this man in the news. Photo credit. As you might know from this post we are obsessed with the Olympics. When Mr. Pistorius ran in London this summer, all five of us cheered until our voices cracked. I cried when I heard the humility and grace with which he handled the … Continue reading “Holding Out for A Hero(ine)”

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March 6, 2013
Do as I say…

The danger of having children is that they imitate you. Sometimes this is flattering, like when they quote your favorite poet or sing your favorite Puccini aria. I speak hypothetically as this has not yet happened at our home. But there are nice imitations, I’m sure of it. And then there are those days when … Continue reading “Do as I say…”

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February 15, 2013
Shout-out for the Mamas

Listen, moms of little ones. I’ve been thinking about you lately. Photo credit. I’ve been talking with some of you and have remembered well and anew the complete exhaustion of being the source of most things in the house. Food source, holding-in-tired-arms source, help-me-to-sleep source, clean-my-tush source…The grand pumba. The big cheese. The very, very … Continue reading “Shout-out for the Mamas”

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January 11, 2013
Hakuna Matata…and Other Falsehoods

We had the great fortune of spending a day at Disneyland recently. While not exactly the Happiest Place On Earth, it was enough fun to keep me from going back during my lifetime us busy. I do have some observations that may prove helpful to those of you considering a trip to the Promised Land: … Continue reading “Hakuna Matata…and Other Falsehoods”

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December 24, 2012
Merry Merry!

Christmas is full of surprises, and not just the feeling you get when you open another one of these from someone you thought loved you: Photo credits, because I know you’ll want to order one. There are other surprises. Like the delightful ones when you hear your children sing their versions of Christmas carols. Having … Continue reading “Merry Merry!”

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December 7, 2012
I Can’t Help Falling….

I might be making this up, but I feel like there was a time when I still maintained my dignity. Admittedly, I blame a whole slew of life changes on childbirth, many of which I will not enumerate here because I would scare you off. But I think there was a time when I could … Continue reading “I Can’t Help Falling….”

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