December 20, 2010
These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

I’m well aware I’m not Oprah, though I’d appreciate it if people started referring to me only by my first name. Madonna, Cher, Oprah, Kimberly. No, you know, that doesn’t work, does it? I need a name that’s a bit more unique. Like….Gaga only more wholesome. Gigi? GooGoo? GeeGee? GollyGolly? Think about that, will you, … Continue reading “These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things”

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November 26, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving!

Did you eat your weight in turkey? Are you still feeling grateful? Or just bloated? I feel full, and not just because of the gorgonzola smashed potatoes. Or the cornbread stuffing. Or the pecan pie. Ahem. I’m full of gratitude to God for many reasons this year, one of which is that Operation Bonnet was … Continue reading “Happy Thanksgiving!”

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October 29, 2010
Playing Dress-Up

Happy Most Uncomfortable Holiday! I try every year to get excited about Halloween and I just can’t muster up the enthusiasm. For one thing, what and who looks good in orange and black? Don’t say that you do because I assure you, you don’t. Your friends just don’t feel like they can be honest with … Continue reading “Playing Dress-Up”

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October 12, 2010
Slow Start

I’ve had a rocky start to the school year. I realize I am not actually IN school, but two of my children are and I think that counts. Plus, I’m the one making sack lunches, so I deserve the love and pity. Mostly pity. For example, the first day of school, Mitch looked like this: … Continue reading “Slow Start”

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October 4, 2010
Paging Kimberly Stuart

Well, I did not perish. I should get that out first. Everything’s still ticking and I’m still experiencing the glories and travails of life with three young children and their spectacularly handsome father. But, good gravy, has it really been five months since I checked in with you people? What have I been doing, you … Continue reading “Paging Kimberly Stuart”

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May 6, 2010
Swagger Wagon

We’re moving. Have I mentioned that yet? This is the reason for my mute blog as of late. That and I’m finishing the edits on Operation Bonnet. Oh, friends. I can’t wait for you to read this one and it’s not just because my livelihood depends on it. It’s also because I really think you’ll … Continue reading “Swagger Wagon”

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March 24, 2010
Wheel Spinning

I try to lead a productive life. This is what it gets me: I turn my back to, say, scrub a toilet (hypothetically). Or to pluck my eyebrows, which have, sound the alarm, grown together in the middle of my forehead from neglect. Or to stand in front of my closet wondering how, exactly, I … Continue reading “Wheel Spinning”

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March 16, 2010
In Glowing Terms

I had coffee with Anita Renfroe last weekend. Do you know this woman? You might have seen her Momsense song on YouTube. Or heard her spots on Good Morning America. Or read about her in the New York Times. Or laughed yourself to painful sensations listening to her at Woman of Faith. Anita and I … Continue reading “In Glowing Terms”

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March 2, 2010
Lessons Learned

Well, it’s over. All the glory, all the drama, all the weeping people who’d just like to thank God, their parents, and Red Bull. I’m older and wiser after this Olympiad, and I’ll take this chance to share the lessons learned. Number One: We should host next time around. Do you see the cement at … Continue reading “Lessons Learned”

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February 16, 2010
Go Team!

Listen, I’m supposed to be editing a manuscript right now. It is due in less than a week but I can’t FOCUS, people. And the singular reason for this lack of discipline: The XXI Winter Olympics! Do NOT groan, all you naysayers who don’t care about national issues like curling and the biathlon. If you’re … Continue reading “Go Team!”

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February 2, 2010
Behind the Music

I noticed today that our video has 1000 hits. I’m pretty sure that’s not quite up there with the man who can burp the alphabet underwater but it might be nearing less popular vids, like my Great Aunt Millie’s bridge tournament or the State of the Union address. I feel this auspicious occasion is a … Continue reading “Behind the Music”

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January 22, 2010
Elevator Music

Photo by Bert Hardy One thing about birthing children is that it has made me friends with all other women who have gone through the same ordeal. I find myself chatting up anyone pushing a stroller. In previous phases of my life, I would have needed to screen possible friends with questions like: “What was … Continue reading “Elevator Music”

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January 5, 2010
The Year of Slack

I’ve been AWOL here and with all the usual eggnoggy reasons. We’ve been Christmasing big time. Have you ever heard that Karen Carpenter song where she says she’ll be “Christmasing with youuuuuuu” in that buttery kind of voice? For the record, it was my husband that brought Karen Carpenter with him to the marriage. Karen, … Continue reading “The Year of Slack”

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December 13, 2009
Found and Kept: Contest Winners!

Thanks so much to all the participants in the STRETCH MARKS FINDERS KEEPERS PROJECT! All those playing along received a signed copy of the book to keep and then were asked to pass along a few more to people and places where my prospective readers might be found. I loved hearing where you went, how … Continue reading “Found and Kept: Contest Winners!”

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December 10, 2009
Finders Keepers Grovel Post

Snow days around here. I’m talking about 16 inches, folks, which will put chilly, frostbitten hair on any chest, even those of us used to long winters. Marc has been a bit over-zealous with ye olde snowblower, though I’ve come to appreciate the fumes he now wears as a sort of rugged new scent. Perhaps … Continue reading “Finders Keepers Grovel Post”

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December 1, 2009
The Skinny on Skinny

Can we just take a moment to discuss the phenomenon called Skinny Jeans? WHAT IS GOING ON IN AMERICA? I know, I know, I need to hippify myself. It’s true. After the better part of the last decade devoted to getting pregnant, growing to astonishing sizes, having babies, remaining at astonishing sizes, and then gradually … Continue reading “The Skinny on Skinny”

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November 17, 2009

Oh, how to introduce this…. Remember when I fretted about a career-endangering move. I’m not pregnant, as some suggested. Instead, we made this for you. We’ll see about the whole end-of-career idea. At least I’ll go down swinging and laughing maniacally. First, I owe Marc any proceeds of any book I ever write. It takes … Continue reading “Spellbound”

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October 23, 2009
Eyeballs Are Creepy

Today is my birthday. I’m 34, which means I’m too old to get carded (and to be out late enough for that to apply, by the way) but too young to really be taken seriously when I talk about joint pain. In celebration of this day, which is also United Nations Day, for those of … Continue reading “Eyeballs Are Creepy”

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October 16, 2009

You people are amazing! I have a flooded inbox with a hearty army of volunteers for the Finders Keepers Project. All spots are filled! If you are perishing in your inmost being that you didn’t e-mail in time, feel free to write me ( and we’ll start a sub list. A sub list! I can’t … Continue reading “HOLY CATS!”

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October 13, 2009
Finders Keepers

How are the wee, small hours treating you these days? Mine are busy. I’m annoyed to say that my mind needs to CHILL OUT when I lay me down to sleep but it, like everyone else in my house, needs to be told directions at least thrice before listening to Mama. My overactive-thinking mode really … Continue reading “Finders Keepers”

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October 2, 2009
Grinnell Signing Tonight!

If you’re within 100 miles and looking for a great pick-me-up on a rainy Friday, give the high school bleachers a night off and come to a cozy indie bookstore in downtown Grinnell! I’ll be signing books at Stepping Stones from 5 to 7 p.m. and would LOVE to see you there. Remember, if you … Continue reading “Grinnell Signing Tonight!”

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September 26, 2009
The Boss

This week Marc and I went to a Bruce Springsteen concert. Just writing that sentence should help my cool quotient, right? It should cancel out the fact that I wore sensible shoes because we’d be standing, right? I’m going with yes, it should. We went with our friends Laura and Warren, who are, by nature, … Continue reading “The Boss”

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September 13, 2009
Oh, What A Night!

Wowza. You all are good to me. We had a FANTASTIC crowd Friday night at Beaverdale Books. I met lots of new folks, laughed and cried with old friends, and felt weepy gratitude for every single person there. Great conversation and lots of books sold (thank you, thank you, Marc and I both thank you), … Continue reading “Oh, What A Night!”

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September 9, 2009
Report from the Trenches

We’re working on Day 7 of a fever for one of my babes. The positives: I get to watch Peter Pan and Mulan and the insultingly syrupy High School Musical with wild abandon, all the while getting lots of in-home exercise on trips for the thermometer and Sprite. Negatives: I get absolutely no writing done, … Continue reading “Report from the Trenches”

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August 29, 2009
Book Signings, A Video Tutorial

I’m going to let you in on a secret in the glamorous life of an author: People tend to think authors have leprosy or at least want to sell them an Amway toaster. The reason I know this is because of the book signing phenomenon. Now, when I wrote my first book, Balancing Act, my … Continue reading “Book Signings, A Video Tutorial”

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August 20, 2009
Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

It’s here! It’s here! No, no, no, not another baby. One uterus can only take so much, people. I’m talking about STRETCH MARKS! My fourth novel! The title based completely on second-hand information as I certainly know nothing of the sort! I’m looking to set a blog record for most exclamation points used per entry! … Continue reading “Signed, Sealed, Delivered!”

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August 10, 2009
Train Them Up

Do you have moments when you fear for your children? I’m not talking about kidnapping or tornadoes or bad skin in high school, though I think about those things too. The looming fear today is that my children will turn out like me and I have a problem keeping my mouth shut. Seriously. I don’t … Continue reading “Train Them Up”

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July 30, 2009

I’m kind of into baking. I’ve thought a lot about this, though not as much as the thought time I’ve reserved for, say, the shape of my eyebrows or the cowlicks that have stubbornly remained in my hair since junior high. (*Never said I wasn’t shallow.) But I think the reason I love baking is … Continue reading “Techno-Savvy”

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July 26, 2009
News from the (Mother)Hood

As a mother of three young children, none of whom is able to tie shoes fitted with laces, I often feel out of the loop of the normal world. I don’t watch the news in front of my kids anymore because it’s scary and lots of people die and get blown up. I recently stopped … Continue reading “News from the (Mother)Hood”

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July 20, 2009
Take a Seat

Thea went through a time recently where she’d figured out how to stand up but not sit back down. Believe me, this is a worrisome way to live. Her crib (her bed, not her bachelorette pad as seen on MTV) posed the most difficulty. I’d put her down for her nap and she’d scoot around … Continue reading “Take a Seat”

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