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Tuesday

24

April 2012

39

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Guest Post: “Second-Best Mom”

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Today’s guest post comes from one of my dearest real-life friends, Sarah Hamersma. Sarah is such an important person to me, it’s hard for me to boil her down to a few words in an intro. So please just get to know her a little here, and be blessed. –Tamara (What’s up with all the guest posts around here lately?) _______________________________________________________ I hate coming up short. I like to succeed, and if there’s a right way to do something, I want to do it that way. Why settle for second-best? We economists actually have a theory of the second-best (bear [...]

Thursday

9

February 2012

89

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Watering Weeds into Flowers

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It was a day-after-day kind of day. Another day at home, twin three-year-olds whining at me, wearing on me, pulling on me and my threadbare patience. I read all about the French parents and their supremely well-behaved offspring that the entire Internet was going ga-ga over, and I was 12-years tired of my whole stay-at-home gig, and these people amazed and inspired and pissed me off, and I tried to reproduce their authoritative tone, but I guess I lacked a certain je ne sais quoi because my smallest children kept acting like total merde. “I hate staying at home,” I [...]

Friday

13

January 2012

89

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Pickle Kiss

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It happens in most families, I’m sure: When my kids rub their noses on mine, they shout, “Eskimo kiss!” When they tickle me with their eyelashes, they shout, “Butterfly kiss!” When they suck their cheeks in and move their lips up and down, they shout, “Fish kiss!” But unlike in most families– and owing to the strange imagination of my 7-year old– when my kids poke their pointer fingers on the outside corners of my mouth, they shout, “Pickle kiss!” Ahem.

Monday

7

November 2011

28

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Don’t Say Anything If __

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Whether owing to some seasonal allergy or to the change in weather, it was clear that my sinuses had bested me. By midday Saturday my voice was rapidly wearing out; by early evening it was nearly gone. Lost most of my voice; am clicking at people to get their attention. Realizing I wouldn't make a cute bushman. — Tamára Lunardo (@tamaraoutloud) November 5, 2011 And while it’s never convenient for a mother to lose her voice, in this instance the threat was particularly untimely: I was supposed to help lead the singing in our church service the next morning. So [...]

Monday

8

August 2011

64

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Tattoos Are Like Kids– Trust Me, I Have a Few

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Having a total of eight tattoos and children combined (with plans for several more of the former and absolutely no more of the latter), I’ve picked up on some compelling similarities. On Deciding To Go For It: It can be hard to decide whether or not to go for your first one. Particularly if you’re a woman, you may consider the fact that your body will never look the same again. You may be tempted to go for it if a lot of your friends have them. This is not a good reason to do it. You may be scared [...]

Thursday

4

August 2011

52

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Freakin’ ‘Tarians: 30 Days of Vegetarianism Continues

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Bryan and I are now on our 12th of 30 days of vegetarianism, and things are mostly going swimmingly,  with only the occasional flailing of willpower. For him, the biggest temptation has been the fried chicken he’s so often confronted with (north-central Florida is very much the South); for me, it’s not so much been the bacon as it’s been the seafood (Florida is very much a peninsula). But really, the biggest obstacle hasn’t been the mild temptations or even the dining out– it’s the kids. Our 12-year-old son is a real meat-and-potatoes guy. When he was in preschool, he [...]

Friday

15

July 2011

18

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Guest Post: “Heartbreak Is”

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I’m thrilled to share with you today’s guest post by Becky from The Holloway Clan. She and I met through an online parenting board years ago and have found kindred spirits in one another though we’ve never met in person. I look forward to the day we get to share our stories over coffee. I think you’ll see why. –Tamara _______________________________________________________ “This is a song called GRAVITY. And I wrote it about my first real heartbreak.” The tender and mournful strains of Sara Bareilles’s voice fill my kitchen, and then I hear my 6-year old son’s voice pipe in. “Mom, what is [...]

Friday

17

June 2011

16

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Thank God for “Clear Search History”

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I appreciate modern technology; of course I do. But sometimes it is just perfectly poised to screw you over. For weeks now a certain situation has been absolutely dogging my husband. I can tell when it’s overtaking his thoughts because his dark eyes get intense and his jaw muscles flex. Granted, this is not a bad look on him, but I hate to see him so stressed. So today when he began telling me about the latest installment of monumental bullshit, I was inspired to offer relief. “Next time it comes up,” I suggested, swiveling from my desk, “just imagine [...]

Monday

4

April 2011

24

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Spring Break Match-Up

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Spring Break: College Years Spring Break: Parenting Years Wrangle a hot, sweaty guy to help you apply your sunscreen. Wrangle a hot, sandy child who refuses your help with sunscreen. Wet t-shirt contest: No real losers, plenty potential regrets. Wet diaper contest: No real winners, plenty potential rematches. Eat junk all week; feel instantly fat, have no actual fat to show for it. Eat junk all week; feel instantly fat, have copious fat to show for it.    Get a new tattoo; your mom is mortified. Get a new tattoo; your tween is mortified. Return home too hungover to remember [...]

Monday

25

October 2010

13

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We Sing Hope

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I spoke with a couple of my friends at church yesterday, one who lost her mother and another who lost her pregnancy. I don’t know either of these pains, so I’m reluctant to try to touch them with clumsy hands. But I love these friends, and so I want to get close, even if I don’t know what to do when I get there. It’s been a few months since L. lost her mother, and it wasn’t at the forefront of my mind when I saw her. So I asked the casual, “How are you?”, not thinking. But L. is [...]