A Year Without You

It’s been one year since I saw you last, and I still think about you often. Images that pop up in my Facebook feed. The jangle of your collar that still hangs on my rearview mirror.

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Exceptions to the Rule

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!”
The rule is ingrained in our minds. But, like most rules, there are always exceptions.

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Toddler-Safe Fingerpainting

I figured we’d bust out the finger paints and have a little art session. And, by “bust out the finger paints,” I mean, “Find some way for James to finger paint without poisoning himself because you know for sure he’s going to eat whatever is on his fingers!”

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One and Done: Our Decision to Stop at One

We always knew we were a one-child family. Even when we first started talking about having a family, we knew we wanted one. Just one. And, for the last year, we loved every moment of being parents of our joyous little man. There was never a moment where we looked…

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Clinging to Hope

My husband and I have a mixed marriage. He holds deep Republican beliefs, and I have been a card-carrying Democrat since I first registered to vote. Truth be told, today’s political climate has us both leaning towards Libertarian (are you aware of a very promising third-party candidate this year?!), but,…

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Photo Challenge: Locks on Top

This week’s photo challenge asked me to seek out the “cherry on top” or the “icing on the cake.” I started my diet this week, so all of those food references did nothing but make me hungry and want to eat leftover birthday cake. So I shifted gears and focused…

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Photo Challenge: I’m Glad I Went Walking

While I don’t love the oppressive heat that comes with the long North Carolina summer, I do love the beauty that comes with it. If you’re going to take a walk anytime between May and September, it had better be before 9am. because any time after that you’re likely to…

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Bar Soap for a Dog? For Real?

Bath time with one dog is so much easier than bath time with three dogs. In fact, without the dog-funk multiplied by three, I sometimes totally forget to even give Pickles a bath. He’s small and shorthaired, so he can carry a lot of funk before we notice. But, man…

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Photo Challenge: Never Trust the Sky

If I’ve learned one thing in the last ten years here in North Carolina, it’s that you can never trust the sky. One minute the sky is sparkling blue and clear, and the next there is an extreme thunderstorm looming overhead. Especially in the summertime. The other day I sat…

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One Year In

It’s official. We kept the baby alive for a whole year with no major hospital visits or emergencies. Well, none other than the typical-nervous-first-time-parent trip to the pediatrician after he bumped his head when he was 9 days old. But that wasn’t even our fault! A lot has happened in…

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