Can’t Wait for Sunday

Nana sent Annie Bea some fancy, clip-on earrings. She won’t take them off. She also won’t call them earrings. Annie Bea: These “ringers” are so beautiful. And guess what, mom? You can borrow them on Sundays. She’s so generous.

Magic Eraser

I was in the living room. The kids were in the toy room when Grady shouted for me to come see something. Only he didn’t say, “Come see something!” His exact words were, “We have a surprise for you, Mom!…

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The Levines Love Halloween

Top Ten Reasons 10. Halloween is a holiday without formal traditions. No gifts. No cooking. No family drama. No pressure. 9. We all celebrate Halloween. Even Jesus! 8. Halloween is the only day of the year when everyone is expected…

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Brace yourselves. I just read about the latest fashion trend and, trust me, you’re going to throw up. Nostril hair extensions. I know. Go throw up. I’ll wait. Now, I want to believe that I’ll grow into a mother who…

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Ten Seconds

I know a mother who lost her son this week. It was very sudden. The blink of an eye. And since I don’t have the words to comfort her (I don’t think those words even exist), I’m asking everyone who…

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Warning: This post contains the word fuck. But I think you’ll agree it was totally necessary. I came across this pumpkin at Fresh Market today. My first reaction was, “Cool!” Then I saw the price and I thought, “What the…

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Help Me, Webster

Annie Bea: Mom, what does “mysterious” mean? Me: It means you don’t know what it is. It’s unknown. It’s an enigma. Annie Bea: Mom, what does “enigma” mean? Me: It’s like something that leaves you perplexed. It’s puzzling. Annie Bea:…

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The Halloween Aisle

What you see if you DON’T have little kids: Cuteness. What you see if you DO have little kids: Lice.

The Eleventh Commandment

This morning we all piled in the car and drove 90 mph on two wheels to the Lord’s house. We peeled into the church parking lot with two kids fighting over a Lego – a single Lego the size of…

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Nice Romper

Every morning, while I dry my hair, Annie Bea stands next to me twisting and turning in the full length mirror. She’s weighing the pros and cons of her outfit for school. Today she was wearing a romper. To be…

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