The Gratitude Project: Week 4

Last night I surprised myself and got excited about Thanksgiving. Like, really excited. We didn’t do anything special or even different this year, but all of a sudden I found myself looking forward to cooking with my Mom and kids, playing board games, and hanging out. We ate, we drank, we told fart jokes.  We drug the Christmas tree up from the basement and watched a cheesy holiday movie. It was so good. The truth is …

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Accidental Mentor

Sometimes I feel bad when I hear parents complaining about their teenagers, like I should join in. I have nothing to complain about, though. I’m not saying it’s not difficult to parent kids in their teenage years. It is, and it isn’t. It’s complicated. The tension between keeping them close versus  pushing them forward is real. I want to protect them but I also want them to experience life. As a homeschoolerI have to be much …

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The Sun Will Come Out…

A couple of months ago I fell for the hype that the media is stirring up. I found myself unable to sleep with the worry of who would be our next president. I was doing research, i.e. falling into the rabbit hole that is the internet, which only deepened my uncertainty. One day, or maybe slowly over a few days, I quit caring so much. I think it started with looking into immigrating to Ireland. …

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Gratitude Project~Week 1

I’ve always found comfort in drugstores like Walgreens. The aisles are tidy, sales are fun, and you can get in and get out relatively quickly. Last fall and winter, though, I found myself frequenting our local Walgreens. A lot. Like, two and three times a day sometimes. The familiarity was comforting, but even more it was that the people there knew my name. They knew my kids. Especially Ken, one of the men that works …

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