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Keeping up with my man

Nine years ago my hubby and I donned funny flat hats and picked up our college diplomas.  We both had bachelor’s degrees, and we were equals.  It only lasted a year or so, though.  Pretty soon he was in graduate school, then … Continue reading

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Loud and Demanding Children

If you’ve read my About page, then you know I have “loud, demanding” children, but just how loud and how demanding has probably never entered your imagination, which is why I began this year with the goal of reading every … Continue reading

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World Class Child Rearing

There’s an awesome French documentary out there called “Babies,” which follows four children from different parts of the world–Japan, Mongolia, Namibia and the U.S.–from their births to their first steps.  The point of the film is to document the universal love and … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Boys and Girls

When I was pregnant with my third child, my two daughters wanted to know if I was going to have a baby boy or a baby girl. “I don’t know,” I told them.  “We’ll find out when the baby comes … Continue reading

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My long and winding road to hippie birthing

My hospital births in Seattle A long time ago and far away in the city of Seattle, I used to be a non-hippie who knew that home birthing is silly and dangerous.  When I learned I was expecting for the first … Continue reading

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Idolatry

Every time a mother adds a new member to the family, she has to spend some time reassuring the other members that she still loves them.  One of my children recently accused me, “You love Susie more than me!” to … Continue reading

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Indoctrinating My Daughters

This winter I’ve been so busy I’ve hardly had a minute to think about blogging.  I should have known better than to post pictures of my gorgeous children because it’s been a huge time eater replying to mommy friends who … Continue reading

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My Christmas Letter Demystified

I sent out a Christmas letter without a family photo this year, which I’m sure has put my kin in a tizzy of curiosity. Stay calm, folks! You’ve come to the right place. Before I solve the mystery for you, … Continue reading

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Joyous Mom is Back!

I forgot to mention in my last blog post the effects of pregnancy on the expectant mother’s creativity. To make a long story short, expectant mothers have none. Any creativity they have been blessed with is leeched from their brains … Continue reading

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Pregnancy 101

As I embark on my fourth pregnancy, I would like to share what I have learned from my past pregnancies with those who have never been pregnant or who have forgotten the joys of pregnancy. Pregnancy is generally divided into … Continue reading

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