Tag Archives: Holiday

Scavenger Hunt Celebration

January 16, 2017

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(Before the blog post starts, I want you to realize that this is actually Ellie writing and not Joy, just to save you from any confusion.) Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day! In my opinion, today is a little bit of a awkward holiday because some people take the day off of work/school, some don’t. […]

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What You Know When You’re 12

October 8, 2016

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Don’t you love the prefix “Pre”? We all know pre means “before,” and I find those three letters surprisingly optimistic and cheerful. I think PREgame, PREsale, or PREschedule.  All fun things, right? Today I have a 12-year-old son (what??) who is, by definition, a PREteen. He is PREparing for some marvelous years ahead filled with opportunities […]

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20 Habits For A Laughable Marriage

August 31, 2016

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19. 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1=19 One. Nine. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19 NINETEEN. Pardon the repetitiveness, but when you’re talking about marriage, 19 feels like an amazing number. Nineteen years (19!!) is the invisible line Billy and I cross today and my prevailing thought is, “Dang this is fun!” Oh sure, it’s been “work,” but let’s be clear, LIVING is work. I mean, we have to […]

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The Best of Sisterhood

August 14, 2016

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Spring break. I am vacationing with my extended family, including my brother and sister. We are in Utah driving through Zion National Park at sunset. Our mouths are agape as we cruise past The Watchman. I ask Billy to pull over so we can get out of the car for pictures. I grab my sister Amy for a […]

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The Man I Love

June 26, 2016

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I married a younger man.  A man who, even today, on his birthday, is still in his 40’s. His youth is hardly fair – especially since he  manages, 99% of the time, to be more mature than I. When we were first engaged, people told me how lucky I was to find him. “He’s the best,” […]

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Phone Calls With Dad

June 19, 2016

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Like anyone living far from their birthplace, I settle for a Father’s Day phone call with Dad rather than a face-to-face visit. While I’m sad to be across the country from him, the call is an adventure in and of itself. Chatting with Dad is never exactly normal. The fist idiosyncrasy is my parents actually finding their […]

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A Grateful Pause This Memorial Day

May 30, 2016

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“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”  Joseph Campbell If you don’t have the chance to attend an official Memorial Day event, maybe you can pause a moment and express gratitude for the men and women who died in service to our country. For me, this […]

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A Mom’s Birthday

May 26, 2016

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Among my mom’s many talents is her ability to express herself in writing. Unfortunately, she’s a shy writer. That said, I am not afraid to publish her musings (with permission, of course) for all of you to enjoy. I’ve been saving today’s poem because it provides an all-too-relatable theme for many of us on our […]

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Ode to Elementary School

May 25, 2016

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Line up. Raise your hand when you want to speak. Avoid cafeteria corn dogs. Put your name on your paper. Sit as far back in the bus as possible. Criss-cross applesauce. Keep your hands to yourself. Recess keeps you sane. Field day is the best day of the year. Nine things elementary school teaches. Standard(ish) […]

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When Your Mom Edits Your Life

May 8, 2016

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Countless times I’ve mentioned how my mom acts as my Copy Editor. I say this in the most literal definition of the title. Mom reads my blog before I post and makes corrections (though any remaining errors are my own), she reviews my work, documents and fixes oversights. Lately she’s been reading scripts and making […]

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