Why Monday Is Going to Be a Rough Day

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Seven years ago, Sarah Kate started kindergarten. I was nervous. She had only learned to stand still without assistance that summer, and we were new in town. Mr. Andi had arrived in March, but Sarah Kate and I didn’t come until two weeks before school started. We didn’t know the teachers, the system, or a […]

Why I Don’t Do Field Trips (and Barely Survived Shrek, Jr.)

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At long last, Shrek, Jr. the Musical arrived. After four months of biweekly practices and four nights of four-hour rehearsals last week, Mr. Andi, Nathan, my mother-in-law, and I hauled our cookies to the Mayberry Civic Center for the production. The cast was large and ranged in age from 4th grade through 8th grade. Sarah Kate […]

Sorta-Confessions of a CP Parent

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A couple of years ago, Sarah wrote a post, Confessions From a CP Adult, that I saved to my “Post Ideas” notebook in Evernote. I have dozens of ideas, going back over three years, in that notebook, most of which I will never use. But I re-read Sarah’s post recently and in light of the fact […]

Special Needs Land Mine: The Fast Food Play Area

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I can remember it like it was yesterday. Some of the moms of kids in Sarah Kate’s preschool in Decatur, Alabama decided to get together for coffee at the McDonald’s near I-65. We were all navigating the chaos of having preschoolers at home – those years when you do your best to talk to your […]

We Had a Good Run, But Now It’s Over

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Remember back when we moved Nathan to the big boy bed, but he wouldn’t nap in his room because … daylight … or something? Back when my queen size bed was converted, like clockwork, into a jump-jump each afternoon? No? Then feel free to read up on it here and come right back. But then […]

On Clouds and Sunshine

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It probably comes as no great shock to hear that I have struggled with the blog this summer. What you may not know is why. It’s not a lack of time or a shortage of topics that plagues me, but a fear of ripping off my emotional Band-Aids and letting the wounds ooze out onto […]

Time to Bleed

Six years. Over half of Sarah Kate’s life … All of Nathan’s (plus two years) … All of the time that we’ve lived in Mayberry  … One-third of the length of our marriage … That’s how long I served on the national council of Sigma Kappa sorority, and on Saturday night, that era came to […]

How Momma Got Her Groove Back

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A few weeks ago, my friend Stephanie invited me to join her at a scrapbooking retreat. I’ve always believed in the value of photo albums, not just as a lasting record of our lives, but as a way to reinforce to kids that they are treasured family members. All of our family photos were destroyed when our […]

6 Signs My Stress Level Has Reached Its Peak

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1. I desperately need to exercise, but I don’t want to do it. It’s probably more accurate to say that I want to exercise to let off some steam, but I dread it and have to force myself to go because I know that my body is so tightly wound that every running step will […]

Frozen

Please tell me I’m not the only one. I don’t know if it’s the weather, or worrying about Sarah Kate (or Nathan), or just some kind of pre-menopausal (I am now 44!) brain fog, but I’ve been frozen inside for the past several weeks. I sit down to write – something, anything! – and no […]