Category Archives: Christmas

Family Christmas Letter, The 2014 Version

Hello, Dear Family and Friends! We have an update on our tiny, happy world: Jana (19) shows university no mercy. She’s super successful in all her BYU studies, and after earning top marks in her first-year classes was asked to work this year as a TA in the economics department. She’s learning plenty of life […]

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Look! IT WORKS.

I’ve had ever so many great ideas of blog posts in the past 3 weeks. And I’ve had an interface problem for each one of them. Boo. But there’s this principle that we mention a whole lot at our house: “Ask for what you want and you might get what you want.” I asked for […]

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Things I Did Not Do While Substituting This Week

1. Write. Yeah, nothing. 2. Publicly mock. I threatened to, but it never happened. (As in, Dear Beginning Drama Classes, When you read your parts in these plays, don’t be lame. If you are lame, we will publicly mock you.) 3. Totally humiliate my Kid 1. Oh, wait. Yes. I did. Over and over, apparently. […]

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Christmas Cheer and Stuff

We’re in it deep here, friends. The Christmas cheer, I mean. An overload of presents, treats, menu plans, and giddiness. Yesterday was the Kids’ first day off school, and we spent it all together. Library, grocery store, bank [1], baking, eating dinner, Sleepless in Seattle, Chex mix… it doesn’t get a whole lot better than […]

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Wow. Wow. Wow.

Remember how I love the fact that I’m a stay-home kind of Mom? And that I have all manner of time to do whatever I feel like doing, such as baking things, and writing things, and planning things, and wrapping things, and writing some more things, and reading things, and napping and stuff? Remember? I […]

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Singing In

I’m not actually singing. But I am at a little Messiah Sing-in where Kid 2 is rocking the first violin. And I’m totally paying attention. I am. As much as I possibly can. I was supposed to be singing, too — just in the choir, but I woke up grumpy this morning. So I bailed. […]

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Good morning. Ten things:

… And it’s a balmy Seven Degrees here in the Frozen Mountaintops. Frozen nose and fingers. From taking the garbage to the curb. It’s not that far away. … Started reading the first Stephen King book (fiction, that is – I read ON WRITING and was thrilled) in more than twenty years this weekend. It’s […]

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Going On

Researching (agents and editors. again. forever.) Reading (chaim potok. oh,chaim. i lurrrrve you so.) Walking (kids to bus stops, around blocks, around lakes, around neighborhoods, around farms.) Eating (mostly plants up till dinner time. need to find me a butter plant. coconut oil may replace butter. or not.) Setting Aside (the zero-draft manuscript [fifth gift] […]

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