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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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Consequences

I learned early in this stepparenting adventure that disciplining the kids sometimes punishes the parents more than the kids...especially if it's no TV during the winter. Today was another one of those days. We promised the kids they could see the new Jungle Book movie after school today if they each had good behavior on their days…

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A simple question

As the election returns came in last evening, my heart was very heavy. But instead of dwelling on that, I thought I would share a short conversation with Yoseph last week. Those who know me won't be surprised to hear that we talk a lot about politics and government in our house. We were talking about…

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Homework Fail

Kindergarten homework is sometimes more challenging than one might think. But a couple of worksheets stand out for me not in their level of difficulty, but in the level of work I had to put in to keep from laughing. This week, Yoseph completed a worksheet where he had to choose between different sounds to complete a word,…

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It’s the little things

What do these two pairs of shoes have in common? They represent two of the biggest challenges I have witnessed Yoseph confront: learning to tie his shoes and learning to walk in flip-flops. I was reminded about the flip-flop challenge when I pulled out their summer clothes over the last week. Again I'm struck by something unexpected about this little…

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Yours, Mine, & Ours

Have you ever seen that movie? The original one? It's very sweet. It has to be one of the first movies about blending families. Filmed in 1968, it would have been too scandalous for the parents to be single because of divorce, so instead, it's the love story of two widowers who marry and combine…

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