Tuesday, June 30

Quote for the Day

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"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."
~ Adlai E. Stevenson ~

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Saturday, June 27

And they say kids are resilient

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With each divorce or separation, adults seem to console themselves with the assertion that "kids are resilient." And, while that may or may not be true, I ask, "Should they have to be?" and "Do they really have a choice?"

This song is by Everclear and the lyrics make me cry:

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hey, ain't life wonderful? wonderful, wonderful, wonderful... isn't it wonderful
Now?

I close my eyes when I get too sad
I think thoughts that I know are bad
Close my eyes and I count to ten
Hope its over when I open them

I want the things that I had before
Like a star wars poster on my bedroom door
I wish I could count to ten
Make everything be wonderful again

Hope my mom and I hope my dad
Will figure out why they get so mad
Hear them scream, I hear them fight
They say bad words that make me wanna cry

Close my eyes when I go to bed
And I dream of angels who make me smile
I feel better when I hear them say
Everything will be wonderful someday

Promises mean everything when you're little
And the worlds so big
I just don't understand how
You can smile with all those tears in your eyes
Tell me everything is wonderful now

Please don't tell me everything is wonderful now

I go to school and I run and play
I tell the kids that its all okay
I laugh aloud so my friends wont know
When the bell rings I just don't wanna go

Go to my room and I close my eyes
I make believe that I have a new life
I dont believe you when you say
Everything will be wonderful someday

Promises mean everything when you're little
And the world is so big
I just don't understand how
You can smile with all those tears in your eyes
When you tell me everything is wonderful now

No
No, I don't wanna hear you tell me everything is wonderful now
No
No, I don't wanna hear you tell me everything is wonderful now

I don't wanna hear you say
That I will understand someday
No, no, no, no
I don't wanna hear you say
You both have grown in a different way
No, no, no, no
I don't wanna meet your friends
And I don't wanna start over again
I just want my life to be the same
Just like it used to be
Some days I hate everything
I hate everything
Everyone and everything
Please don't tell me everything is wonderful now...

I don't wanna hear you tell me everything is wonderful now

~everclear~
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Wednesday, June 24

Our little village

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I realized today, as I picked up my neighbor's boys from school - after another mom had picked up one of mine, that I have a village. As in, "It takes a village to raise a child." (Hillary Clinton, circa 1994)

My village includes a great group of moms and friends. A few of our current residents (all friends) are;

Julia and Wayne - as close to family as it gets
Amy Cook - as close to family as it gets
Kris Deveraux - a village member since before we had kids!
Molly - helping keep it together at the office
Courtney - our baby sitter
Rene - a neighborhood mom
Tammy - A fellow daisy mom
Betty - A fellow daisy mom
Jaime - A fellow daisy mom
Heidi - A neighborhood mom


If there is a need for a ride, an impromptu babysitter, a cup of sugar, special celebratory treats - our village is there. Our village works in concert - looking out for the little ones in this village, which overlaps with other villages, which overlap with still more villages - it's an amazing network of caring, loving people looking out for each others' kids and familial well-being.

What a gift!
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Tuesday, June 23

Just get right back on...,

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Her first fall..,

video

and she's right back in the saddle.

video

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Monday, June 22

For the record...,

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Do you ever look back at your life and wonder when the first time [X] happened?

[X] could be anything from the first time you played in the snow to the first time you road a bike--countless things and you'll never really know when they happened for the first time.

Well, let it be known, today is the day that Rachel got her first freckle. A cute little brown dot on the right side of her cute little button nose.
And today, instead of looking back, I'm looking forward and wondering how many freckles will follow the first.

PS: Love that little dimple too!

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Sunday, June 21

Don't Blink

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I turned on the evening news
Saw a old man being interviewed
Turning a hundred and two today
Asked him what's the secret to life
He looked up from his old pipe
Laughed and said "All I can say is."

Don't blink
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five
and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife

Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads
Next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink

I was glued to my T.V.
when it looked like he looked at me and said
"Best start putting first things first."
Cause when your hourglass runs out of sand
You can't flip it over and start again
Take every breathe God gives you for what it's worth

So I've been tryin' ta slow it down
I've been tryin' ta take it in
In this here today, gone tomorrow world we're livin' in

Don't blink
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five
and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife

Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads
Next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink

Naw, don't blink
Life Goes Faster Than You Think

~ Kenny Chesney ~

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Wednesday, June 17

Conversations on the way to school

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Alex: "I'm so hungry I could eat an elephant."

Dylan: "No you couldn't."

A: "Yes I could"

D: "No."

A: "Yes! I! Could!"

D: "No you couldn't - they're too big!"

A: "Well. I would eat them in little pieces."

D: "That would take you a long time."

A: "So. I could do it."

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