The ‘Shizzness’ of Being a Mom

It happened at the stroke of midnight, just a few hours ago, the vanishing of one of my two remaining teenagers. In the blink of an eye and the tick of a minute hand, my oldest daughter turned 20 while I slept. She joined her brother, now 21, in what I guess could be categorizedRead more…

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Missing Teeth, Losing Kids and an Ode to the Minivan

Usually here on Sundays I do a little Week in Review thing cleverly disguised as just another post. Really, I consider it a value-added day because not only do I usually tell a little story but I point out other posts I had written throughout the week that you might not have known existed, slippingRead more…

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525,600 Something

If I were the mathematical sort, I would try to calculate just how many hours there were between fall and spring semesters at the university that my two oldest children attend. But as I have a hard enough time counting how many times I’ve squatted on a ball or lifted a weight over my headRead more…

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Amy’s Week in Review: Nov. 25-Dec. 1

Usually, I try to be clever here. On Sundays, I like to come up with a little song-and-dance routine to tempt you to keep reading and maybe help you discover something you might have missed last week. Some little gem that escaped you as you scrolled through all the Black Friday e-mails and updates fromRead more…

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I Survived Black Friday and Teen Angst, All in One Night

I wrote this essay two years ago after being coerced by my then 14-year-old daughter into a midnight Black Friday run to Target. I was not happy. The good news is now she has friends who can drive her to wherever she feels compelled to go post-Turkey and I can remain at home on myRead more…

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