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240 Calories of Bonding

So, without telling *alla* Hope’s business, we are deep, deep I say, into the throws of teenage girl-dom.

As Hope and I endured the last 18 months of middle school, I can’t say I remember much about my own middle school experience—somethings about crushes and such, but middle school was such an emotional drag that I just seemed to have blocked out a lot of it. 744 more words

Finalization Life

Why you must lose your leaves this season

It wasn’t until I moved north that Fall took on a whole new meaning. The charming season now warms a special place in my heart. The very word conjures up memories of apple picking, pumpkin carving, hot cider, and the delicious aroma of Grandma’s pie baking in the oven! 726 more words

Hard Stuff

Lonely Single Mom

Yesterday was rough.  I am traveling for the first time in months, and none of our regular sitters were available this weekend.  I was pinched and had to go with someone new. 1,254 more words


Book Review: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Heidi Wood sees a teenage girl holding a crying infant in her arms in the pouring rain while waiting for the train.  She can’t get the image out of her head, and it doesn’t help that she seems to run into the same girl and baby more than once.   288 more words

Books And Reading


On Saturday, the big brother turned 10.  He’s in fifth grade, which is the last grade of elementary school in our school district. Since I moved in with the kids, one thing that has always been my responsibility (and one of my favorite things) is making their birthday cakes. 480 more words


Wanting More

I had a shocking realization today. I have been aware of this for a very long time, but I guess it’s less realization and more ready to accept the reality. 750 more words