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Brand New

Brand New

I love anything new. The smell of a new baby. A new box of crayons. A fresh sheet of crisp white paper. The only problem with newness is nothing stays new. Before long the baby grows into a teenager. The box of crayons become a box of broken unusable nubs. Someone wads the paper into a ball and throws it at their brother.   Now it is a new month, a new year. It is time for a new start….

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Relentless

Relentless

My oldest son is relentless. I first noticed this quality when he was around 4 years old. While I worked out at our local gym, my two boys played in the gym childcare. I was horrified when I realized that another boy and his older sister were being mean to my oldest. I told my son to stop playing with the children, that they weren’t nice. His reply, “I can make them be nice.” I was flabbergasted. No matter how…

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

I am breaking up with my best friend. Even though we go way back, it’s time. I have been trying to break up with her for the past twenty years, but she keeps clawing her way back in. It may seem heartless to leave her behind. After all, I take her everywhere. She wraps around me like a second skin.  She won’t go without a fight. She keeps whispering in my ear. She shouts to my back. Are you sure?…

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Summer Surprises

Summer Surprises

My children have been blessed to participate in many different activities and sports. However, this summer my boys had the opportunity to try an activity that I never thought they would attempt or even enjoy. I had heard about this activity from numerous venues. I had seen their booths and fliers. Yet, I knew that my boys, who hate roller coasters and heights, would never sink to the depths of this activity. It wasn’t until I watched the organization’s Vimeo…

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Nathaniel’s Hope 

Nathaniel’s Hope 

Some parents may take the opportunity to nap. Others may go to the grocery store all alone or catch a movie. I’m not sure what my husband and I did when we dropped our kids off at Buddy Break for the first time. However, I do remember the extreme relief we felt as we were finally able to have a few hours away from our children. As any parent of a special needs child can tell you, caring for a…

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Carry Me 

Carry Me 

“Daddy, carry me!” When we first moved to Florida, my youngest had a hard time keeping up. The amusement parks always sent him running for the arms of his father. I can relate to tried legs. As the youngest of four, I spent my childhood playing catch up. Running after the big kids, I would wonder when I would be “big enough.” A small child in a land of giants. The feelings of my childhood still come back to haunt…

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