The Lucky One

When I was a little girl, my parents took me to visit an old governor’s mansion at Christmastime. In the parlor area, there was the tallest fresh evergreen tree I had ever seen. Astonishingly beautiful, it was decorated simply with white Christmas lights and acorns tied with bright red ribbons. Our tour guide explained that […]

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Want a Better World? Stop Belittling Kids

I can’t stop thinking about this photograph from The New York Times. My initial reaction of “aww, look how cute,” lasted for a millisecond before “hey, that’s not fair to that kid” kicked in full force. So much so that a couple of days later, I can’t shake the feeling about how wrong it was […]

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Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts! Products So Good Your Daughters Will Swipe Them

I have two teenage daughters, and while I am the champion of the battle cry, “Teens really aren’t that bad!” I also believe in full disclosure. So I gotta be honest: my girls really are trying to drive me crazy. Not in a back-talking or flunking school kind of way, but more in a steady-drip, […]

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Arbitrary Battle Lines: You Willing to Die on The Bikini Sword?

Confetti Canons, Bratz dolls, and bikinis, oh my! This is not a case of Spring Break gone wrong, but one of a simple question launching a great discussion. Last week, Spring looked like it was actually thinking about showing up this year so we asked a simple question on our Facebook page. And oh the […]

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One Simple Step to Creating A Lasting Easter Memory

Ah, sweet family memories are the golden egg we’re all chasing, no? Fess up, we’ve seen your Pinterest boards. Wanna make certain that this year’s bunny bonanza is forever imprinted on your family’s memory? Well, peel back the foil on that Cadbury and get comfy because we have one simple step to creating a lasting Easter […]

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How Photos Ruin Our Memories

We read a lot: novels, textbooks, blogs, billboards, crock pot manuals, tweets, whatever. It takes a ton of material to feed our voracious appetites. Ellen: So I was reading a book that Erin recommended, as I am wont to do. She recommends books like she breathes: she must do it to survive. Erin: So which […]

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Statement of Faith

My youngest daughter is going through Confirmation class, although class feels like an inadequate term for it. As Presbyterians, during this process spanning several months, young people explore their faith journey and articulate their faith in Christ through study, service, and reflective time. This weekend was her overnight retreat and my task was to write […]

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7 Ways You Can Make Your Spring A Little Less Frenzied

They say there are two sides to every story. Well, the flip side to Spring’s sunny warmth and beauty is its fickle weather and jam-packed calendar. Between the First Communions, graduations, baby showers, and end-of-year events, it’s enough to make you wistful for the days of long underwear and parkas again or maybe that’s just us. Well, […]

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