Author Archives: Mama

Good Bye House

We did it.  We sold our home.  We’ve moved out and a new, younger family has moved in. Like a lot of families, we’ve moved around a bit.  This means that our children have no particular attachment to the physical … Continue reading

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Snow, More Snow, and a Snow Bunny

A little more than a week ago and a few days after the official start of Spring, we had one of the largest March snowfalls on record in the St. Louis area. The day before, the temperatures reached nearly 60 … Continue reading

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Happy 30th Birthday To Our Oldest Baby (Gulp)

In a few days, our oldest daughter, Leah, will celebrate her 30th birthday (or the 5th anniversary of her 25th birthday, as she likes to say). It is hard to believe that I have been a parent for 30 years.  30 … Continue reading

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On Being Awesome and Dedicated Parents

We have five kids. Raising kids is hard work. Work that often goes unrewarded. What other work do you do where you dedicate yourself to it 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for the rest of your life? … Continue reading

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What’s Cookin’ – Spaghetti Salad

It’s been a long, cold, snowy Winter here, but Spring is just around the corner.  I love Spring, Summer, and Fall when you can have large outdoor get togethers with family and friends.  I have a number of recipes that are good for … Continue reading

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When Your Chicks Leave the Nest

Today, we took our baby to the airport. She is going to Buenos Aires, Argentina 5,415.2 miles 8,714.0 kilometers 4,702.5 nautical miles from home to live for 4 months. When I think about her I think about this picture. It … Continue reading

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Downsizing: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and The Gift of Prom Dresses

About midway through last year, when DSH and I finally decided to Downsize For Real and put our house onto the market, I made a mid-year resolution. The resolution was that I would remove at least one thing per day … Continue reading

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Up North: Where Winter is Welcome

When my sister and her husband moved Up North years ago, I told her that I would only come to visit her in the non-Winter months.  To me, that means May to September because snow can fall at any time in any … Continue reading

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What’s Cookin’ – Martha’s Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

My friend, Martha, raves about her Chicken Tortilla Soup.  Not only is it easy to make – you use your Crockpot – but she also talks about the fact that all of her grandchildren love it.  I was interested because of these … Continue reading

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Skin in the Game

DSH and I have similar philosophies with regard to money and finances.  This has given us one less thing to argue about over the years. We both agreed and enforced similar habits with regard to earning and spending money with our children.  … Continue reading

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