The Lost One

[Full disclosure: My mother has a wonderful collection of pre- and post- Victorian photography from our family. She knows the heritage of each gilt, padded-framed edge. She has explained them to me too many times for me to protest innocence, …

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Milestones

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It is officially National Novel Writing Month: It is probably not news to anyone who reads this blog, however, that I’m writing a novel. I have been attempting to, in one form or another, for a number of years. What …

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Child with Autism on Board

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This afternoon, my husband and I rallied the troops and invited Lance, who was home for the weekend, for a trip to the indoor pool in Prairie du Chien, WI, about a 40 minute drive. This indoor pool is our …

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First Day of School… for EVERYONE!

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August 23rd was the boys’ first day of second grade. Tuesday, September 6th was the girls’ first day of Head Start. It was a short half-day that parents had to attend along with the kids, and the girls did really …

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Winneshiek Fair ’16

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This is the second year that Lance and I have attempted the Winneshiek County Fair with all four kids. We didn’t bring a stroller, but we brought a plan: we’d visit the animals, the petting zoo, the rides, get our …

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To the [Person] who did a [Thing]

There appears to be a plague of smug, self-congratulatory passive-aggressive jackasses on the internet who find it necessary to write “open letters” to strangers about their parenting, or their reaction to parenting. This seems to be the formula: Dear, [Person …

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Genuine Talent

I was quite the poet in high school. A self-proclaimed genius, one might say. The other day, I came across one of my hand-written diaries from the period, and found a snippet that has been stuck in my head ever …

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If you love them, let them sleep!

When someone walks into your bedroom when you are sound asleep and wakes you up to say, “I’m gonna let you sleep, I just wanted to say hello,” you would expect them to turn around and walk back out, right? …

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