Author Archive | Anne

2012 Minneapolis Marathon

dreaming big

This past Tuesday, I had the opportunity to visit with a group of about 20 elementary-aged Girl Scouts at their program center in Bettendorf.  During our conversation, I asked the girls whether they knew what they wanted to be when they grew up.  Almost every girl immediately raised her hand.  So I asked the girls […]

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in pursuit of the perfect park

I think I can finally put away those winter hats and gloves, snow boots, and winter coats. It seems weird to be announcing this on the 30th of May, but with the weather these past few months, I am not sure that I should take anything for granted.  We seem to have jumped from 40-degrees-with-mixed-precipitation to […]

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Brothers' Helping Hands

the art of compassion

I have been having a bit of a crisis in our house lately. The last few weeks, I have been dismayed to find that my children seem to think only of one person – themselves.  It’s been especially obvious with my second grader.  Rather than stop and think about how his actions and words could […]

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Planner Nightmare

get organized!

Soccer Practice.  T-ball practice.  PE days (don’t forget those tennis shoes!).  Classroom assignments.  Spelling tests.   The Kindergarten snack bucket schedule.  PTA meetings.  Saturday morning group runs.  Holiday concerts.  Snack and drink schedules for soccer.  Business trips.  Babysitter schedules.  Date nights.  Tae Kwon Do practice.  LEGO League practice.  Meetings.  Parent-teacher conferences.   My head spins just […]

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i love you

52 ways to say “I love you”

Today is Valentine’s Day.  A day when millions of people buy chocolates and flowers, make dinner reservations, and lavish attention on the object of their affection.  But for those of us who are married, with children, jobs, and commitments, sometimes the romance gets pushed aside in the chaos of everyday life.  I am willing to […]

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mom points

It all started as a sort of joke.  Whenever one of my older boys would do something especially thoughtful or helpful for me, I’d bestow on them a number of “Mom Points.”  A typical event might have gone something like this:  Nate offers (without prompting) to help me clean up after dinner, perhaps by running […]

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What if moms said this to each other?

perception or truth?

To the mom with the screaming toddler in Wal-Mart a few weeks ago, I’m sorry. I’m sure you felt embarrassed, alone, and you were probably at your wits’ end.  I have been there.  I know how it feels.  I’ve been “that mom” too – willing myself to just get through the shopping as quickly as possible […]

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my dinner assistant

There’s someone I want to introduce you to. He is always there for me, no matter what. If I give him a little attention in the morning, he repays me tenfold by making my evening SO much easier. When I walk in the door after a busy day at work, he has a hot meal ready […]

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a simple family dinner

I love the simplicity of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a day where we all stop to reflect upon those things which we are thankful for, the details that make our lives just a little bit brighter.  I love that the purpose of this holiday is to give thanks – a dedicated day each year when we […]

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Trick or Treating in 2011

are you drowning in halloween candy?

Are you drowning in Halloween candy today? I know I am! For most of us, it happens every year.  It may even be a bit “worse” here in our community.  In the Quad City area we are a bit unique, since we have Trick or Treating on multiple nights.   Kids can trick-or-treat in Illinois one […]

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