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    Summer memories: The path that connects them

    Summer is in full swing here. The shades are shut early to keep the heat of the day under control in our air conditioner-less house. I miss looking outside in this house full of windows and light but do what I have to do to avoid suffocating in the evening heat. The mosquitoes are doing […]

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    The summer that changed us

    Summer in North Dakota is filled to the brim and overflows a bit. We don’t complain about the heat or the running around because we know there will be plenty of time to sit and catch our breath in the long winter months. So we fill it full of fairs and fireworks and days at […]

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    The secret to loving where you live

    I was born in North Dakota but moved to Idaho when I was 5. I loved the small town I grew up in though I moved away promptly after graduation. After quite a bit of exploring, and many states tried on for homes, we moved back to Watford City in 2000. I loved the tiny […]

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    My firstborn is graduating

    May is just around the corner and this year there are mixed feelings about that. My oldest, the one who made me a mother, graduates in May. And we can hardly breathe through the panic. She, about what’s ahead for her and me, for how that changes everything for us. Why didn’t I foresee all […]

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    Bring back the bee!

    I have five cutting boards, which is quite a lot when your house is small. I almost gave most of them away in an impromptu Marie Kondo session. They made it to the giveaway box before I realized they did indeed bring me much more than joy. They provided companionship and listening skills and doubled […]

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    Season change reminds us to live in the moment

    Spring is coming. I say this while looking out into a sea of white that my husband spent eight hours plowing from our long driveway. But the calendar reminds me that it is indeed coming as it always does. I think I didn’t recognize it this year as I am not starting onions under lights […]

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    Big plans for friendship evolve in motherhood

    This must be the year of reflection. Decisions made and the paths you take, all of it is front and center in my thoughts lately. I had big plans growing up that all involved Jessie, my bestie since eight grade and I doing all the fun things before settling down across the road from each […]

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    New Year. Better me, not a new me.

    I remember my first grade teacher asking me what my name was on the first day of school. I opened my mouth to answer, but no sound came out. I remember other times that I fully intended to speak, to give input, but was met with only silence. That is still me when I try […]

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    Homestead dreaming in the Bakken

    I don’t remember when I started dreaming about a North Dakota homestead. I am a pretty logical gal so I knew that all the prior houses that we remodeled and sold while our kids were small were leading up to moving out of town. We realized that house number four was our ticket and the […]

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    Happily Home

    Once upon a time there was a girl. She wanted motherhood for as many years as she could remember. And when her time came to be a mother, it was both harder and lovelier than she dreamed. Seventeen years ago, when my mothering of daughters began, I did not look to the growing up part. […]

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    Back to school has us savoring the seasons

    I am a four seasons kind of girl. How cool is it that each of them are so distinct and call to you in different ways. I love that spring is so desperately needed after the endless winter, and suddenly, it’s there and you are rewarded with green and crocuses. I love summer days that […]

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