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Birthday

photo cred Hannah Toldt It was my birthday yesterday and nothing gets my reflect-o-meter going more than a birthday. This birthday has been a bit different than most; it’s not a “big birthday” but nonetheless, I do feel a bit melancholy about the whole thing. Remember when we were kids and the first thing you told people about yourself was your name, your favorite color and how old you are? Sigh. It’s a bit harder to talk about that as the years go by. Greg and I went out for a date last night which wasn’t really so much of a date as it was a counseling appointment. I told him all the things I’m worried about and overwhelmed with and he listened and reminded me what’s true. He’s a good friend to me. Anyway, this birthday feels different because this is the year Marielle goes to school. This will be the year that I have the most freedom I’ve had in in my adult life and I want to use it well. The years of newborns and graduate school and potty training and working through my identity crises are over (well, maybe not the identity crises). And now that […]

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Winter Lakefront

A few weeks ago when it was bitterly cold, my friend Karin (in her classic Prepared Friend fashion), texted me in the car line at school: “Want to take the kids to the Bradford Beach? I heard there’s some amazing sights.” Um, no. I don’t. It’s, like, -20. It’ll be even colder at the lakefront with the breeze coming in off the lake. But since I’m trying harder to get out and do things in the winter, I sighed. Yes, I’ll go. This will fill up my girls’ little love cups and will make me feel like I am winning at parenting. (Also, when the girls complain that they never get to do anything fun, I can remind them of that one time we went to the lake when it was -20 and saw all the beauty and had somuchfun and now it’s time for you to fold laundry and make your bed because all the fun is over now). A short drive later, we’re in the middle of a frozen tundra with our seven collective children. Lauryn (who is nearly as tall as I am) was wearing ballet flats with no socks–no bueno for walking through snow drifts. Problem solved. My lakefront excursion objectives […]

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Four Types of Friends

Something in me seems to have shifted. I don’t know if I’m able to articulate this well, but after 12.5 years of pregnancies, potty training, chasing toddlers, foster care, adoption, child-induced insomnia, moving, and renovating a house, I feel like I can look at the people who have been walking with me and I’m finally able to sigh deeply and say “Hey, I don’t feel like I’m in a crisis right now. How are you?” And as I consider the people who have walked with me through all my crazy, I started to see a trend emerging. It turns out I have four types of friends, with some overlaps: 1. Prepared Friend: I highly recommend that every person finds a prepared friend. Prepared Friends always know what’s going on over the weekend and where to find a Groupon for it. They always carry band-aids, tissues, ibuprofen  and snacks. Their phone is always charged and always have a water bottle. They know all the best events in the city over the course of the next three months and will send invites to your calendar. Prepared Friends remind you that this Friday is a half day at your child’s school because you forgot. […]

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A New Year

I got cancer, you know. I thought ‘I might die of this’, so I decided I’m going to eat that chocolate cake. But I didn’t die, so now I have to lose 25 pounds. -My Aunt Laura  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. I celebrated with family and friends over many meals and presents and conversations. Did I ever tell you that one side of my family is so large that we have to rent a school to host Christmas? It’s true–we use the cafeteria and gym for all our Christmas festivities and it’s pretty great. We were also invited to our first Hanukkah. I admitted to  our hosts that all I know of Hanukkah is what I heard in that Adam Sandler song. The food was delicious, the girls now kinda know how to play with dreidels, and Sage was invited to light the menorah, which she thought was pretty rad. We had such a wonderful time. And now it’s a new year. The new year has always been my favorite time to think about what I’m trying to do in my life. I’m really a details person on a day-to-day basis, so thinking about my life from […]

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