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The Bricks and Mortar of Marriage
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  Eight years ago July 30, I grasped that flaming bouquet and walked down the aisle to the tears in your eyes,  fire in my hands and my heart.  But when I thought about a tribute here to our anniversary, I didn’t want to post a picture of us then.  I want one from now.  Now, with me five months pregnant with our fourth...

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What Art Can Do
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What Art Can Do

Jul 23, 2013 by

I’m not an artist, but I am a creative, which means I like to play at art. In a life full of chores, I think play is important. I want my house to be a place where art is happening.  Not so that my kids can become anything in particular, smarter, creative, or talented. Because I’m not sure art can do that. What Art...

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Around Here
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Around Here

Jul 20, 2013 by

Around here, I haven’t been on the internet too much because I have been up to my elbows in real life happening. A week of VBS and craft sticks and sticky smiles and smiley kids and kiddy games and well, you know. VBS. And then coming home to three sometimes four hungry kids around the table talking all at once which is as stimulating...

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Easy, Elegant, and Delicious
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This morning, I didn’t know what we were going to have for dinner. But tonight, using mostly things on hand, I made a new meal and wow. It was tasty and came together easily.  I wanted to type up my recipe before I forgot and also share the deliciousness in the process. First, the pasta.  Tim and I went on a date in Wentzville,...

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What I love
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What I love

Jul 11, 2013 by

i love the end of a productive day when I escape to whatever book is waiting and sip tea with it or munch something or just dine on words and story.   i love early mornings before the kids rouse before the world starts and how it feels like stolen time.   i love stringing words like beads into sentences carefully crafted, and the...

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Roots
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Roots

Jul 3, 2013 by

I grew up on a twisty curling highway winding out into the country, with a gravel driveway where I learned to ride my bike and a field-sized backyard to explore. I am from a time of no cell phones, of a long curly cord on the phone that twisted just right around your finger, and the last days of the rotary dial. I am...

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