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When the Night is Silent

We had stopped flinching when it got too quiet. We’d kept sprinting to the sound of no noise, and the kid was either playing with Legos or in the coat closet on his typewriter. And so last night when too little noise was happening, no one threw down the book he’d almost started reading and asked between […]

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Steve

Other than our first married Christmas where we recycled the tree from Orting High School’s assembly and decorated it in our apartment with homemade construction-paper reindeer and wreaths. And the year after that. Where we wheeled into a gas station in Bonney Lake and left with a noble just big enough for our coffee table […]

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Joy at the Table

There were years in a row that we were at my parent’s house for Thanksgiving. Sometimes pulling in on Wednesday night in time for the pizza run. And sometimes bailing from the car at noon on Thursday just in time for grace and passing the yams. Then there were a couple of messy years where […]

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Silk Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs

I hope it wasn’t irreverent to be sifting through ties at the Goodwill on Easter Eve at ten ’til closing. Because there was the lot of us, concerned, suddenly, that we hadn’t done a single Easter craft, holding up into each other’s faces splotchy ties, ties with paisleys, ties with zig-zags. Until we had two […]

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It Was Merry

Before the wrapping on a single gift was shredded and chucked, my heart was full. This last week had been a sketchy one with crumbling health and too little sleep for the weary. At which time I realized I wanted nothing…needed nothing…hoped for nothing but my kids to rise from their covers alive. When my […]

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Choosing Joy

It started last Monday with our daughter. The one who couldn’t get warm. The one who then got too warm bundled in bed and who screamed with fever such that I covered twenty feet in a single step when I flung myself to her bedside. “It was okay,” I told her. “Mommy was here.” Still […]

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The Wrapper

About this time yesterday, our son was alone. In the living room. For ten minutes. Alone with his Christmas presents, the rest of a roll of blue masking tape, a wad of rubber bands and a black Sharpie. At which time he rigged his present pile such that he could drag the thing down the hallway […]

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The bough of holly that’d been hung haphazardly at the Orting Post Office finally swooped from the ceiling and dangled like a knee high sock at the ankle, blocking the entrance. The next lady through the door wiped the bouncing bough from her face and stood on one saggy side of it as the four […]

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Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

I tell ya. I can almost handle a craft that has three ingredients. And about as many steps. Which is how we ended up making Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments on Monday. A couple of Christmases ago, we’d tried these with just applesauce and cinnamon, and they’d turned out great. We went ahead and messed with perfection […]

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How it Went Down

Picked a winner. Dressed it up. Snapped two still peeps. Twice. Found the flash. Caught the love.

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