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Appreciating our teachers, last-minute First Communion party prep, homemade s’mores, and more (7 Quick Takes)

It was Teachers Appreciation Week this week, and I’m not sure I’ve ever sent more than a note to a teacher before.
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When you can’t do it all

I’m carrying grocery bags from the car to the kitchen when I hear our second grader yelling. “Mom! Mom! Can you roll this baseball to me?” Before I can respond, he turns and looks at me. “Oh, forget it,” he says. “Your hands are full.” Then he runs to the door and holds it open....
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Slops for Dinner

On nights when my husband is working late, our boys and I often eat slops.
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An open letter to the Duchess of Cambridge: In praise of third children

Kate, you may think you have this parenting thing down by now, but you are in for a treat. Because now you and Prince William are parents to a third child.
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A taste of spring, when mom cooks dinner, a munchkin survey, and frigid baseball fun (7 Quick Takes)

Our saucer magnolia tree is blooming! Spring is here, and then it’s not, and then it sort of is. I think we might see some warmer weather this weekend.
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Big fat juicy ones, long slim slimy ones…

On our morning drive to school it was gray and rainy. It looked like a long, wet, gray day without outdoor recess. As our car inched along in the drop-off line, I spotted a little girl—maybe 6 or 7 years old—bounding along the sidewalk. She was stopping every few feet to bend down to the...
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Tie tying, homework and all that jazz, learning the Apostles’ Creed, a favorite board game, and more (7 Quick Takes)

My parents sent our second-grader a new tie with a First Communion tie tack to wear, and he could not wait to put it on when it arrived.
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Good Enough Is Good Enough: Q&A with Author Colleen Duggan

“Writing is such a form of prayer,” Colleen told me. “When I get out of the way, the Holy Spirit can really work through me."
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The first day of baseball season

At that first practice, anything and everything is possible. The season lies ahead of us fresh and clean and exciting.
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