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Laid-Back & Flexible

Nearly ten years ago, I had a conversation with coworkers about what it means to be laid-back. I listened for a while and then inserted myself into the conversation, commenting that I, too, am laid-back. "Oh, really," someone commented. "So if you were on a road trip and had to stop for the night, you would just stop…

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A Different Kind of Mom Guilt

The last few months I've found myself in a different stage of stepmotherhood: the stay at home part-time stepmom. I lost my job at the end of March (though disappointing, not entirely unexpected, part of the transition of Indianapolis city government under a new mayoral administration). The first month was busy, the second month was…

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Homebodies

During a rousing discussion of "what I want to be/do when I grow up", Ana announced to the surprise of no one, "I want to be a vet!" Yoseph declared, "I want to stay at the house like your keys!" Certain I misunderstood, I asked, "What? Like my what?" But my question was drowned out by Ana shouting, "And…

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A T-Rex by any other name…

I don't often take the kids clothes shopping. They wear uniforms to school, so their needs are actually pretty minimal. But recently, we were hunting elastic-waisted shorts for a skinny Ethiopian boy and so we found ourselves in the boys' section of the downtown Carson's. "Look at this!" I called to Yoseph. "It's a Tyrannosaurus rex.…

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Weather Update

Kids say the darndest things, right? And as I've shared before, they have a knack for demonstrating what's going on in the rest of their world. For example, last week Yoseph revealed how well he learned his kindergarten lesson of telling the temperature. Out of the blue, he announced from the back seat of the car, "It's 70…

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Raising the Bar

Nothing makes you feel more proud or more inadequate than watching your mom as a grandparent. It makes my heart swell to see how excited the kids are when they learn we are going to visit them. When it's time to leave, my heart swells to bursting to hear them say they want to stay at…

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Targeted Marketing

On a recent visit to Chesterton to visit my parents, the kids relaxed before bed with a viewing of 101 Dalmatians that my dad recorded on their DVR. Our TV viewing at home is limited to DVDs and Netflix, so it was mildly amusing to watch how riveting the kids found the commercial breaks. Until it…

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Just like Jesus

The kids have been fortunate to enjoy time at their mom's parents' lake house through the years. They always have some kind of story or adventure to relate about their weekends there. Most recently, Ana was excited to tell us all about how she had gone tubing. We cheered her bravery and shared in her excitement.…

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The StepMom Rules

Today's Mother's Day post comes to you courtesy of Ana and Yoseph. I asked them this morning what the rules should be for a StepMom. Below is the interesting potpourri of their responses, aka their summary of life at our house! Ana: "Eat protein every day." (someone's been listening when I explain why you can't just eat carbs…

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