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Motherhood

I spent half of today griping at my kids and the other half putting up the Christmas tree with them. The two activities may have bled into one another. Decorating for Christmas does not put me in a good mood; I would rather not put up a tree at all. The way I see it, it’s just more stuff for…

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Firing the Cleaning Crew(s)

Is it completely dumb┬áto be thankful for something that created more work for me? If it is, so be it: today I am thankful that I fired my cleaning crew(s). Yes plural. Yes I’ve fired many. It all began a long, long time ago in a land far, far away… Or about eight years ago when we lived just down…

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On Being a Survivor and a Mother

“Will we have to get scars, too?” asked my 4 year-old at the dinner table last night. Though my abdomen was completely covered, as it normally is, her thoughts turned to the very long, very ugly scar that runs down the core of my body while she chewed her dinner. “No, baby, you won’t have to get scars, too.” But…

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