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Stars, Stress, and Scrubbing
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A few days before Christmas finds me scrubbing the bathroom floor  in preparation for guests.  Scrubbing with unnecessary vim. So many changes in process and on the horizon and sometimes during seasons of change, you just want to feel the illusion of control again.  So I vent my stress on the bathroom, taking grim satisfaction in subduing the  grime, and stains, and remains of...

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When Mommy Needs a Snow Day
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The snow started falling like pixie dust in the streetlight late last week. Our four and six year old rejoiced over their day off preschool and first grade. Sleep-deprived from the middle-of-the night feedings of an almost-two week old, I tried to get excited about the snow, too.  That falling white magic that erased homework from the schedule and created cozy hot chocolate days...

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Dear Susanna (On Family)
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Dear Susanna, I try to imagine what it will be like to be you. You are cradled in your big brother’s arms in the light of the Christmas tree while lullabies play over you. Occasionally, he croons a couple lines into your ear. Eventually, the soft notes work their sleepy magic over both of you, and big brother nods off too. Held. You are...

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These Are the Moments
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I’m climbing back into bed for the third time. It’s four a.m., I think, but I have lost track, baby-hungry nights blurring into foggy days blurring back into nights on the merry-go-round of bed-bassinett-changing table. Every time I get into bed, I’m shivering. I don’t even really know why, as the frigid Missouri winter temps have not yet made the plunge, but every time,...

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White Peppermint Fudge
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This is one of my gifting recipes for Christmas-time. I found it in HomeLife magazine and I love that it is easy, pretty, foolproof, and does not involve a candy thermometer.  The end result tastes a lot like those fancy pastel candies that are shaped like a Hershey kiss but have white sprinkles on the bottom. If you like those, you will love this...

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