Love is drinking the tea ... for The Kingdom
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Love is drinking the tea ... for The Kingdom

My oldest child made me a cup of tea and used whole milk as creamer. Dairy does not always agree with me and it seems today, my lactose intolerance will rear its ugly head. But consuming things you don't like for the greater good is not that much of a sacrifice.

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Lost item No. 5436
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Lost item No. 5436

I'm cleaning the van again. So far I've made 66 cents. Not that it's any consolation considering the crap I've had to pull out and throw away, including a fully rotten apple and a half-eaten candy cane stuck to one of the million missing socks we own.

It's not YOUR room, it's MY room
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It's not YOUR room, it's MY room

Preteen, when you tell me to get out of YOUR room, I stand in confusion trying to understand the words that are coming out of your mouth. Now, I'm not saying things can't be ours and I'm not saying you can't have some privacy. But let's practice gratefulness, respectfulness and tread carefully when using sassy tones.

At what age can children be left alone?
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At what age can children be left alone?

I've had so many discussions on when children can be left alone and when they are old enough to babysit. Every day caring moms ask themselves, is this OK, and then have to make a judgement call.

New Year's resolutions and zombie apocalypse
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New Year's resolutions and zombie apocalypse

In discussing New Year's resolutions with the kids this year, we started discussing things we would like to do instead of things we would like to give up, a sort of bucket list if you will.

It is done - finally
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It is done - finally

Oh Christmas, you're like a messy relative with high expectations who comes to stay for a month. I mean I love you, I'm just not sad to see you go.

Just another manic Monday
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Just another manic Monday

I've got two home sick today, a migraine and a gang or raccoons ravaged our trash last night. So far, I've done four loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen, stripped beds and sorted the recycling … all in my pjs.

Christmas crunch
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Christmas crunch

For weeks I've been saying Christmas is miles away, but now things are getting real. There's only time to worry about the bare minimum. It's every man for themselves! Grab what you can and start wrapping for the love of all that is good and decent! We're running out of time!

Someday I won't pick out his clothes ...
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Someday I won't pick out his clothes ...

As I'm going through my son's clothes to pick out outfits for the upcoming week, I begin to ponder how long I will be doing this. Then I think of some of the adult men in my life.

The stolen bike
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The stolen bike

A few weeks ago, my 9-year-old son had his bike stolen from school. It was a Trek that he had received from his grandparents for Christmas. He was heartbroken ... well, once it sunk in.

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