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Posts tagged ‘Growing up’

Leveling up

Last week, I had a full 20-minute phone call with my younger brother. Even though he’s a 20-something, I still sometimes catch myself thinking of him…

Snow covered field with tracks

In the ordinary

Quietly pulsing in between those more rare and uncommon big moments are the smaller ordinary moments where we’re doing life. Life is lived in the ordinary moments of grocery shopping, eating breakfast, doing work, calling mom on long drives, and making lefse.

On finding familiarity in oatmeal (the color)

Yesterday I showed my husband two oatmeal colored sweaters I uncovered at a thrift store.

“They’re a little bit different, but I  L O V E them,” I said.

“What is with you and that color? It’s almost as if you think you need more oatmeal colored sweaters,” he laughed.

The first bit will be difficult, so be gentle

Instead, we’re sort of in the thick of implementing our small steps towards the change we want to see. And, I’m realizing that even though we all have varying approaches to the new year, the one consistency everyone experiences together is the painful stretching.

“Pies By Alexis”

A few years ago, my family enacted a rule for Christmas presents. Every gift given had to be homemade. I was thrilled about the idea – it promoted creativity and affordability! My excitement waned when I realized that my creative craftiness had a limit.