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My kid won’t take a shower, and it finally broke me.

Colt takes a shower each morning. He’s been doing this for years, yet somehow – every single morning – it’s as if he’s doing it for the very first time. Somehow the routine — and let me tell you, it’s ROUTINE — of transitioning from breakfast to Mike&Mike with Daddy to the shower — in […]

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2 Quarts of Self-Awareness for 2016

When Colt was a baby, my friend Nancy highly recommended an item by Pampered Chef – the Quik-Stir Pitcher.┬áThe handle pumps up and down, and the fan-shaped panel at the bottom mixes like magic. She swore by it — specifically for mixing baby formula — and I bought one. We never ended up using it […]

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Ok, Christmas. We’re ready now.

Growing up in this town is spoiling this kid. A month ago, on a whim and ill-prepared for the weather, Colt and I wandered downtown for the official kick-off of the Lights of the Ozarks. The street between my office and the square created a wind tunnel and the biting cold whipped around us as […]

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14 miles, 14 smiles.

I knew this day would come.

I had no business running 14 miles today. First, Jeff was sick and truth be told he’s only really back up to 90% or so. Then, I was sick. I fought it all week — missing work, working from home, resting and resting, but not sleeping well. But I woke up this morning feeling well […]

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Grown-up Christmas List

In 1992, I was 10 years old and over the moon to find (what we called) a stereo under the tree with “To: Sarah, From: Santa” scrawled in suspiciously familiar script. And in my stocking, my very first CD. Amy Grant, Home for Christmas. The perfect way to enjoy my new “boombox”. I must have […]

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