The irreplaceable
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The irreplaceable

There are so very few people in our lives who love us unconditionally. They are the ones constantly wondering how they can make our lives better. These people, with their "what can I do for you" mentality are irreplaceable.

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Honoring life's 'secret gardeners'
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Honoring life's 'secret gardeners'

I enjoy gardening, but it's by the grace of God that anything survives. At some point in the summer I completely give up and just let things go into jungle mode. Perhaps my gardening style is actually a metaphor for my life. And it's not me alone who keeps this "garden" growing. I owe so much to so many.

Blank Space
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Blank Space

I'm in the grocery store by myself. That's right mamas. I know you're all thinking this could be the first line of a fantasy novel. As I cruise the aisles at my leisure not at all fearing an eminent tantrum for whatever sugary cereal has the best toy, the song “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift comes on.

Heart-shaped insults
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Heart-shaped insults

I'm dropping the twins off to Girl Scouts at the school when one of their teachers sees me. She's talking to the principal but hollers at me, “Hey, have you gotten my note?”

Lucky number 5
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Lucky number 5

Like most mornings, it's a cluster. I'm telling the boy to turn around and eat while I'm playing short order chef while people scream for spoons and water. I tell him to turn around in his seat and eat his breakfast again, as he's just sitting with his back turned to the counter staring into the abyss.

We are late; they just had to rescue the worms
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We are late; they just had to rescue the worms

We have about five minutes before we are running late. I watch them run around picking up worms as fast as they can like little treasures and then rush them to the garden, like fish back into a pond. "What's happening?" I ask in a slightly inconvenienced tone. "We are rescuing the worms!"

Crime and punishment
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Crime and punishment

Sometimes kids make bad decisions. Gasp! Not shocking since adults also make very bad decisions ... however, as a parent we find ourselves in the role of prosecutor.

Are you a bad mom?
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Are you a bad mom?

I've got an answer for you: No. Let's just get that over with. How do I know? You're reading this, asking the question. If you were a bad mom, you wouldn't care.

Made-up language, little lies and better 'propossites'
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Made-up language, little lies and better 'propossites'

One of the twins is thrashing, causing me to cover my face and hope for the best. She proclaims, "We need better 'propossites.'" I chuckle because I understand what she's trying to say - positions. When you've been a mom this long you can understand an entirely made up language.

Moms don't want advice
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Moms don't want advice

When I was pregnant with my first, a good friend gave me some advice. It was the best advice: "People are going to give you a lot of advice. Smile and nod and then do what's best for you and yours. They are not you."

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