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Thirty One Years

Cleaning out for our move, I came across my old journals. 

From the time I was a senior in high school until the day my first baby was born, I journaled almost every day.  I recorded with great detail nearly every thought, fact and conversation I had from the first time I saw my husband until the day we got married. Had to share this little gem from 32 years ago. 

"On my way out of church I spoke to Robert Sims for a few seconds, wondering all the time if he notices me like I notice him--but desperately trying to cover it up in casual conversation.

Me? Sick?

I started feeling a familiar pain in my lower back last Friday night. Kidney stone, I self diagnosed, as I had had one about 25 years ago.  Over the years, it has surfaced here and there, but if I drink lots of water it works its way out.

Two aspirin didn't help.  Two Advil didn't touch it.  Late into the night, the Captain noticed I was a little restless.  "You okay?"

"Yes.  Kidney stone.  Just need to drink more water," I said.

Organized Schmorganized

I have a confession to make:  I despise organization.
 
Don't misunderstand.  I would love to be organized.  But I am convinced my abilities are limited.
 
Getting ready for church, for example, was a nightmare when I lived in the Bible Belt back when church attire was in a class by itself.   Finding shoes and socks that matched 18 feet was a routine Sunday morning frustration--also in a class by itself.  One morning we were down to the wire and I was frantically throwing shoes out of the shoe basket, crying, "I 

A Mother's New Years Resolutions

Around our house, a new year always stirs up talk of new goals. Here are my goals- some old, some new- for 2017.  

I will not scold happy noise. 

I will, without apology,  be the nutrition, hygiene, and screen police.

I will increase book and board game time and decrease screen time in my home. 

I will not tolerate back talk in any form, including duh, huh, or a rolling of even half an eyeball.

I'm the mother, I'm the mother, I'm the mother. 

I will find the balance between Helicopter Mom and Tiger Mom.

There It Is

Sitting in church last Sunday, I inspected our seats to see if eight of the ten kids had arrived. (Hope was in the nursery, and our oldest and his wife are still sparring with winter in frozen North Dakota.) One, two, three....six, seven, eight. My eyes followed to the end where Captain Fun, my husband of 28 years, finished off the row. Every single chair was occupied by a Sims.  

Suddenly, I was struck with the wonder of it: There it is. What I have wanted since I was nine years old.  I held my breath, my eyes misted.
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