Category: Family

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Tuesday 12th May 2015

#TellHisStory: A Love Letter for A Second-Born Child

#TellHisStory: A Love Letter for A Second-Born Child

Dear Daughter, I loved you instantly, of course. It was the second time in my life that a delivery-room nurse had placed a wrinkled newborn girl in my arms. When my lips brushed across your cheek, I knew it would be a cinch to love you as much as I loved your big sister. But […]

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Saturday 9th May 2015

A Letter To Every Mother on Mother’s Day

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Dear Mom, No, you didn’t do it perfectly. You lost your temper when you should have given yourself a timeout. You delivered scoldings when you should have offered grace. You forgot to send the lunch money, got the wrong size shoes, counted Ketchup as a vegetable, and gave in too early. ...

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Thursday 23rd April 2015

Want to Change the World? Start by Making Your Bed

Want to Change the World? Start by Making Your Bed

(This story is featured in my new book, The Happiness Dare.) I made my bed this morning. This is kind of a big deal. Because not only did I make my bed, but it’s the FOURTH DAY IN A ROW of making my bed. That is the longest streak of bed-making in my adult life. I stopped making my bed ...

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Monday 23rd March 2015

What We All Need to Remember Every Spring

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My father-in-law was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008, a few weeks before the first tulips popped their glossy mouths open, toward the spring sky. Our daughters were six and three at the time, and they immediately asked us if “Bop”—as they called him—was going to die. The prognosis wasn’t good, ...

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Wednesday 29th October 2014

#TellHisStory: This Old House

#TellHisStory: This Old House

  A Letter to My House (Written in 2011) Hey old friend, I’ve never been good at goodbye. But time has a way of forcing these things, and even as I tap the keys, the clock on your wall ticks a steady march toward the inevitable. The moving truck comes tomorrow. Right now, I find ...

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Wednesday 15th October 2014

#TellHisStory: How The Real World-Changers Live … and How They Die

#TellHisStory: How The Real World-Changers Live ... and How They Die

Outside my windows, the trees had begun their beautiful dying. I stared out blankly, eyes cloudy with grief, thinking about the phone call I’d just gotten. She was dying.  I didn’t want to go say goodbye. But she was ready to go, surrendering to the season. She was a tree in autumn, ...

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Monday 22nd September 2014

When Life is Short & Everything is Changing

When Life is Short & Everything is Changing

It’s all changing. I stand at the window, on a Monday and see it from my window — how it’s all changing. Summer’s leaves have begun to blush toward fall. Our fields are a lion’s mane yellow. This older face is looking back at me, in the window reflection. She is a ...

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Tuesday 16th September 2014

#TellHisStory: What to Expect When You’re Expecting … a Calf

#TellHisStory: What to Expect When You're Expecting ... a Calf

I am holding a butter knife in my left hand, thinking I could use it to slice through the expectancy hovering in this kitchen. My daughter, Lydia, drums her fingers on the breakfast bar, while her neglected oatmeal hardens on the edge of the bowl. “I’ve got it!” She pushes her glasses up ...

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