Held

This past week, my eighteen-month-old has really worked on my heart.  Whenever I was leaving the house to go to work or to write, he'd grab hold of my lower leg or ankle and look at me with his big, brown eyes.  He'd grunt lightly and lift just one arm, refusing to...

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Tried and Tested

We've all heard that saying: "tried and tested". It basically means that something has gone through tests and has passed, so it's dependable and can do a job well.  But there are instances where this is not true, where "trying" something to its utmost limits and...

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Talk Nerdy To Me

Readers of this blog:I wanna take a minute or two, and give much respect to:To a man who's made a difference in my world.If you just rapped those two lines, it's settled: We can be friends.If you didn't, that's okay, too. We all have our faults.I don't just listen to...

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My Life as the Velveteen Rabbit

What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day... "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?""Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play...

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10 Signs That You Are a Parent to a "THREE-NAGER"

My daughter is three, and I'm counting down the days until she's four.I'm pretty sure she's going to go to bed on the eve of her fourth birthday as a difficult and opinionated little girl, but that when she wakes up the next morning, she'll be the sweet and gentle...

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Ringing in the New Year: On the Shoulders of Giants

2014 has been one of those years.Ugh.The optimist in me hates to write that sentence, because I know so many people who have had muchworse happen to them. I've never been superstitious, but I kind of want to use one hand to type and the other hand to knock on wood as...

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The Five Secrets to Leaving a Legacy

My grandma passed away a couple of weeks ago. Although she was 89 and "just a grandma", it felt much more tragic to my family and me than an ordinary passing.  Even though we knew her stage-four cancer was going to take her, could see her bony frame become more...

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Husker Football: What it Means to 'Non-Nebraskans'

I've been thinking a lot about Husker football.Not Bo. Not Ameer. Not the celebrations of the year or the controversies of the week.I've been contemplating the very idea of the scarlet and cream football team. I've tried to ignore the specific players and coaches and...

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The Glory of Gratitude

Days like Veteran's Day are my favorite.  They are days of reflection, days where you actually take the time from your busy life to appreciate everything that causes you to rush. They are days where we can appreciate all we have even amidst the chaos and the...

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My Sweet Baby Girl

EnoughMy Sweet Baby Girl, my cherished, beloved,How I prayed God would send me you,The first time I met you, I knew I had foundA love that's relentless and true.The night you were born, I held you to my heart.I couldn't stop staring;You were perfect, every part.Your...

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