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Morning Coffee and Beginnings

October 2, 2013

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I’m not sure where to even begin. Beginnings aren’t easy. Sometimes they’re downright intimidating. Like our backyard on the day we bought our house here in El Paso. Rocks, Litter, Dirt, and the extreme absence of grass. I remember we took turns raking the rocks across our dusty blank canvas. Which is exactly what a […]

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Rain in the desert

August 28, 2012

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Living in Germany, planning for rain was almost part of everyday life. I had umbrellas by my front door, in the van, and even a small one for my market basket. But here in El Paso it rains so rarely, it compels me to stop what I’m doing to step onto our back porch and […]

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Edeka Neukauf, I shall miss you

May 14, 2012

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One of my favorite places to walk to with our children is the Edeka Neukauf. This little store is part grocery, part drug store, part bottle shop, part clothing and stationary store. I like to think of it as my little Target. Aren’t the flowers lovely? Every year I buy a few for my windowsills […]

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What’s in your Soldier’s wallet?

February 7, 2012

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A well worn brown leather wallet… Carried through 2 deployments… Inside are laminated photos from Seth’s 2 week leave last summer… Memories of little boys in super capes… Big brother pulling a wagon in our summer garden… A sleepy little girl in footie pajamas… What do you keep in your wallet to remind you of home? Do […]

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Tea time with Miss Muffet and Mr Wayne

January 25, 2012

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One of the wonderful things about having another adult in the house to share responsibilities is the slow and steady reappearance of more ‘free time’.  While Seth is deployed, much of my day is spent caring for our young children as well as the cooking, cleaning, and planning needed for running the household.  Free time […]

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Even Superheros need a nap sometimes

January 13, 2012

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Sometimes even brave super heros need a nap in Mommy and Daddy’s big safe bed. Do your children ever sneak into your bed at nap time? (Guess I won’t get any of that laundry folded today!) Sorry for all the brief posts recently – it’s been a very busy week! Not to worry, my camera […]

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Caution: Crash test in process

November 19, 2011

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Why are the male portion of our species seemingly hard wired to repeatably test the physics of gravity? Yeah… I have no idea either… What are the little boys in your life up to?

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Grinding fresh coffee beans

October 27, 2011

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One of my children’s favorite things to do in the kitchen is grind coffee beans. They constantly stop to peek into the small metal chamber to see how many beans have disappeared inside. Watching them makes me thankful for such modern conveniences so often taken for granted. What is your favorite morning beverage? Do you […]

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Dinner date night with the kids

October 24, 2011

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So while executing “Operation Purge the Toys” over the weekend, I bargained with my children for good behavior by offering dinner with “special blue slushies” from Chilli’s.  Now let me just say, that one adult braving a public restaurant with three small children is not for the faint of heart.  But I was feeling confident that […]

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Twinkle twinkle little lump

October 17, 2011

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twinkle twinkle little lump… go to sleep, don’t be a grump… sleeping is what bedtimes for… shut your eyes, try not to snore… twinkle twinkle little lump… go to sleep don’t be a grump… Where are the most interesting places your children have taken a nap? How do you refresh yourself as a parent when […]

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