My Cousin Sent Me a Package!

And I was really excited to receive it! Not to sound like Debbie Downer (Doug Downer?), but the last few weeks have been rotten. And I’ve tried to lay low on all of it because, heck, it’s the holidays and no one really wants to hear my crummy junk. So I’ve just been quiet. Fortunately, the kids have all been…

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We Played in the Snow…

The kids and I all kind of kidnapped each other and drove about seven hours away so we could play in the snow. We’ve needed to play. We even needed a seven hour car trip together. Truthfully, I don’t remember the last time we were all in the same car that long. Sitting 3′ apart from the people you love…

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We Ate Well…

  among many other things. But over the Christmas holidays, while all three kids were home, we ate well. And that, for me, is a big deal. Cooking is not my strength. I’m more likely to find myself at 5:48 in the afternoon thinking, “Crap, I forgot about feeding all these mouths in the house.” It just doesn’t really matter…

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My Christmas Wish

Do you hear what I hear? Do you hear what others hear, see, feel and believe? That’s my Christmas wish for you. And for me. That we all give ourselves the gift of being open to others. Opinions. Ideas. Dreams. Goals. The older I get, the more I realize how much I have to learn. My gift to myself is…

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Why I Believe

(This is one of my favorite stories from my book, “Bobblehead Dad” 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew.” I hope you enjoy!) It was our last Christmas in North Carolina. My son, Kevin, was eight and my daughter, Wallis, was five. That would make my youngest, Drew, a one-year-old just mastering the art of walking. It was the week…

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“Maya” Holiday Aha

This was going to be my December to get on top of all the year-end, holiday tasks. I was determined to tackle all those to-do things methodically and with the precision of a surgeon’s hand. On top of that list was putting up my outside Christmas holiday lights. Now, my light display is pretty simple. It involves one tree by…

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A Reason to Smile

I’ve had a pretty crappy week. But nothing makes me happier than this picture. The beautiful, young mom is my niece, Anne. And that soldier is her husband, Wes – a man I’m proud to call my nephew. And that little guy? Well, that’s Noah. Probably the happiest young lad in the land these days because his dad just came…

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How Bunnies Learn to Love Veggies

My five-year-old Halloween had all the ingredients to be the best ever. At the time, however, it felt like the worst. And in the end, it probably was one of the top “teachable” moments of my childhood. This was the Halloween my mom made me the costume of all costumes. I was a bunny. (And before you start making jokes,…

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No More Mr. Bad Dad

Typically, December 1 is the day I begin to panic. I panic about holiday gifts. Holiday cards. The fall yardwork I’ve yet to tackle. And it’s the day I have to come to grips with the fact that yet another year is going to end with me staring at a long list of unfinished goals. But this December 1 was…

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