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Normal chaos

So this is what it’s like when it’s not like this all the time… That’s what I pondered before falling asleep the night before last. Raphael had been well more than not for long stretches over the past year, so … Continue reading

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“I have big news to share!” I blurted as we sat down at the coffee shop. “What?” Robyn asked. I hesitated, took a breath, and said excitedly, “Nothing.” My eyes unexpectedly watered, and I held my breath for a minute … Continue reading

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Zombie time of year

It’s that spooky time of year when pumpkins adorn doorsteps and zombies float in the trees above neighbor’s lawns. Cooler mornings and chilly nights taunt as darkness increases. There seems to be less time to get things done and more … Continue reading

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Back-breakingly yours

I should have known this would happen. It took a few days to create a schedule that actually built in time for things I’d been mostly missing for the past few years: simple things like sleep, showering, and exercise – … Continue reading

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Talking to listen

Talking to listen Tuesday morning, Elijah flipped out. It wasn’t necessarily the mother of all tantrums, but pretty darn close. He threw punches and kicks and dove into the big brown chair he seeks comfort in. He screamed until I … Continue reading

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A light in the storm

Well, it’s been quite the chaotic December in our home and not just because of extra holiday shopping, cooking, visitors, etc. Shopping exhaustion: Raphael fell asleep in my arms at the big box store (you know the one) and took a … Continue reading

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31 for 21: Piling up

This is a sign of the times. This is a premonition of things to come. This is a statement about priorities. This is the pile of laundry that grew on the family room floor. We stepped over it, and sometimes, … Continue reading

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