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sadness from katrina

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the storm itself is completely and utterly devastating. something we couldn’t have imagined happening in our country. i am sick with sadness when i see interviews with survivors (one man who lost his wife as she told him to take care of the children and grandchildren) and folks going back into the areas where their homes used to stand. eagle-eye views of neighborhoods (very much like where i’m sitting right now) show only the rooftops of homes. but what is making me even more sickened is the reports of looting…read more

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Elbows

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Today Rowan discovered elbows. He loves to go around and touch our elbows. But he calls the “elmos.” Will we ever escape the influence of the furry red Sesame Street monster? I know Rowan isn’t the first toddler to do this, but it’s just so stinkin’ cute!

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Random Thoughts

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Little kids are supposed to be scared of thunderstorms, right? Rowan was the bravest I’ve ever seen him when two rather large thunderstorms rolled in the other night. He was in bed, wide awake, holding his puppy over his face, but never called out for us. Daddy went and cuddled with him any way. ________________________ Was most disturbed by the latest remarks made by Pat Robertson regarding Chavez. Was even more disturbed by his initial dismissal of his assassination statements: “I didn’t say ‘assassination.’ I said our special forces should…read more

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This One is for Nana and Great Grammy and Grampy

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Rowan loves his new light-up Elmo A-B-C shoes (he loves to point to them and say, “A, B, C!” ). Here he proudly wears them with this Elmo outfit from Great Grammy and Great Grampy in Philly… (as always, click on picture to enlarge)[link(pics/aug_05/elmo_rowan.jpg)][thumb]pics/aug_05/elmo_rowan.jpg[/thumb][/link]

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A County Fair: As American as Apple Pie

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It’s no secret anymore that Kenny and I want to live “out in the country.” We dream of the day we can wake up on any given weekend to the sound of our very own rooster, eating eggs from our own chickens, and instead of the sounds of a city street corner, we’d be lulled to sleep by summer cheepers. A few posts ago, I wrote of my dream to open a Bed and Breakfast (I promise to get back to that soon, as we still talk about it daily)….read more

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question

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is it ironic or prophetic that my 2-year-old son tore off and shredded the jacket from the book on discipline that i’m borrowing?

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summer reading

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I’m three chapters into the 6th Harry Potter book. I’m two and a half chapters into The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. I’m slightly nervous to admit these next two books. But I’m going to admit it any way. I’m skimming through the chapters of Dr. James Dobson’s The Strong-Willed Child and Dare to Discipline. The first two books are obviously for entertainment purposes. The last two mentioned are because some days I feel as though I’m at my wit’s end with what to do with a 2-year-old who just doesn’t…read more

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Accidents and New Shoes

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Rowan’s perfect milky-white cheeks have been damaged. It was a pure accident…and he really only cried for about 2 minutes. My thumb nail caught his perfect 2-year-old cheek as I guided him up the stairs this weekend. I accidentally tore a few layers of skin off. It felt horrible, and I could have sworn it would hurt him for hours….but either 2-year-olds don’t feel pain like adults (this might have stung me for hours…or at least until a scab formed), or it just looked worse than it felt for him….read more

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