Proof That You Matter

People show us we matter in a variety of ways.  When we truly matter to someone, they show up for us with comforting consistency.  They answer our calls or texts, even in the middle of the night, and they do so with regularity.  A busy person can still show you that you matter to them.

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The Tale of Two Grandparents

A few weeks back while we were enjoying our holiday break, I was seated in a common area of a family friendly gym we were visiting.  My boys and husband were finishing up the last bit of their workout, and I had a couple of minutes to myself.  As an introvert immersed in the middle

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Finding Beauty in the Season

For some reason the moment I think I have the holiday season under control, that is the exact moment an influx of more things to do falls in my lap.  My goal is to get all my holiday shopping done ASAP so I can actually enjoy myself.  I felt so accomplished after my shopping trip

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Care-Fully

Over the weekend my husband noted, and accurately so, that I was on edge.  To him this edginess seemed inexplicable and from his perspective, it was.  We were having a discussion about our plans and I explained that I didn’t want to see the movie that our oldest son was hoping we’d go to.  It

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The Do-it-Yourself Project

Sometimes I wonder if my kids wish I had never learned to read.  I am constantly reading books about parenting and ways to improve our family life.  I then go into lengthy lectures about how best to apply the principles I’ve learned or, at least to start a conversation.  Mostly I get a ‘that’s nice,

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