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A Fangirl of Mary Karr Learns Grace for Herself

For so long, I have admired writers and musicians from far away. Very far, in fact. Even though their art has inspired me, I’ve never had the guts to really tell them that. I've never written a single one of them a fan letter. Actually, I’ve also never posted a review of a book or an album—not even for those songs and stories that I’ve committed to memory. I'm a sensitive over thinker, and my … Continue...

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Not Just Stuff

As I’m writing this, a bright yellow trash crane is making its way down our neighborhood. It’s finally hauling away the Harvey Heaps from the front of the flooded homes on the other side of our … Continue...

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Flooded With Love

When Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on our Houston suburb of Katy, everything I had secretly feared happened. We didn’t sleep night after night because of tornadoes; we watched with … Continue...

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Dear Catie…(on your first day of school)

Dear Catie…. Today starts the end of middle school for you. As everyone said they would, the past three years have gone faster than Reece's in your lunch bag. (Very fast.) You are unique, … Continue...

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Dear Sam… (on your first day of school)

Dear Sam.... It's crazy I'm writing your first-day-of-school letter at almost the end of September. This has been such a chaotic start to this school year. Hurricane Harvey has made everything later … Continue...

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Dear Elisabeth (on your first day of Fourth Grade)…

My Elisabeth.... I see you, my strong-willed, hard-working, do-gooder daughter. I see how you are the first one up. Your uniform is on before the sun is shining. Your bangs have comb marks in them. I see you, doing your homework before we even pull in the driveway.  I see how you try so … [Read More...]

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Dear Nate….. (On Your First Day of Second Grade)

Oh, Nate, my dear boy. You are so excited for this year. Daddy and I are excited for you too.  No doubt about it, Nate, Second Grade will be fun. We are so sure that this year will be your best yet--we are simply expecting it. To be honest, I worry that we all expect too much from … [Read More...]

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Family Project: Upcycle Old Jars

Over the past year, our family has collected two years of empty jars in our pantry. Blame it on our love of salsa, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, and pickles. Blame it on our German heritage and absolute inability to throw away something we could use again. Blame it on the kids' new understanding … [Read More...]

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FAQ Family RV Trip

Our twins turned 10 on the same day I had a book signing in Albuquerque. Our family decided this was the opportunity to try out RVing. In June we travelled from Houston to New Mexico for a seven-day adventure in a Class C RV. Our coach had two bunk beds, a oversized King loft, a pullout double bed, … [Read More...]

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