I just called to say ...
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I just called to say ...

My dad used to call almost every day. He would start the conversation with a song. More often than not, that song would be Stevie Wonder's "I just called to say I love you." So cheesy, I know, but it would immediately put a smile on my face.

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A case of the Mondays
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A case of the Mondays

As I'm rushing out the door with the kids, one of them asks me to put her lunch in her backpack. I shove it in there and then go to zip it up and catch her hair in the zipper. That's just the tip of the iceberg today!

Hey May, can you please chill
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Hey May, can you please chill

All through the month of April, it seemed like we were trying to cram in as much as possible. If I had any message for May it would be, "Please be way more chill."

Are you ready? No, seriously?
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Are you ready? No, seriously?

As kids are running out of the house for various activities, I have one concern: How are we presenting ourselves? I have, no joke, Febreezed children as they walked out the door.

Just clap and give a thumbs-up
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Just clap and give a thumbs-up

I'd like to think I'm a positive supporter and most of the time I am, but I caught myself saying something to my son after a sporting loss that I regretted almost immediately. It was right then, I realized something. He needed my support, not criticism. I am not his coach, therefore I don't need to weigh in here.

The necklace of love
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The necklace of love

All parents try to prove their love with different measures of support. Whether it's putting the kids' artwork up, framing the odd original, "enjoying" their culinary masterpieces or placing their weed bouquets in vases ... we care. Today, it was a necklace.

'Edelweiss': Life changes and you're not alone
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'Edelweiss': Life changes and you're not alone

Recently we've been having a lot of conversations about change. My oldest confided in me that she feels like everything is changing, she feels all alone and that sometimes I'm hard to love. Enter "Edelweiss."

Mother Nature's April Fools joke
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Mother Nature's April Fools joke

This may be the first accumulation of snow I can remember on April 1st ever.....and I would know since it's my birthday. This year it was Easter as well, which hasn't happened since 1956.

Chicken diet
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Chicken diet

I'm loading up leftovers from dinner to give to the chickens. Did I mention we have chickens? Yeah, apparently I'm a masochist and don't have enough on my plate.

Secret messages
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Secret messages

When Dad died, I lost my best friend. He was my sounding board and rock. Right after he died I would look for him. I would look for him in the kids and in everyday life, but I also would look for things I had missed ... something I hadn't seen, messages that had been left behind.

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