My Family with our Dog Clarissa in 2013

The Best Christmas Gift

Christmas is a pile of little stresses with the potential for disaster every day leading up to December 25th. It’s a sinister treasure hunt that can end with all kinds of unmet expectations. But then there’s Santa and his impossibly wonderful story. Plus, the sparkly decorations. I love a Christmas tree so much that we
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Me, Emma and Matt in Vacationing in Puerto Rico

Big Love

My mother’s love was big. Rita was the parent waving wildly from the audience with a big, toothy smile during school plays. In high school I messed up my solo in Oklahoma when I saw her waving like a lunatic from the middle of the audience. Other parents sat patiently, hands in their laps, and
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