Parenting at Eye Level

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They start off as babes, and we hold them close, staring for hours at their always-near faces. Those satin cheeks and wondrous eyelashes, those perfectly pink puckered lips. We cradle, rock, and burp them over our shoulders. An arms reach away, they are soaked up and prayed over. Before we know it, they clench blankets and scoot forward. As they …

Childhood Tales

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I have no idea how our dinner conversations take a left turn. One minute we’re asking the boys about good, hard, and new parts of their day when Ty busts out, Everyone cheered when I walked in the classroom. Mmkay. Someone isn’t lacking in the confidence department. Yea, he laughs, shoving a bite of meatloaf in his piehole. They love me. Bry …

An Owl Story

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On our way back from the Polar Express adventure, we paid a visit to Bearizona, a drive-through wildlife park with coyotes, bison, bears and other animals that could tear us apart should the windows in our car suddenly shatter. At the end of the tour, a walk through portion enticed with actual zoo-like exhibits where baby bears, polar bears and the …

3 Truths and a Lie

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“How was school today, guys?” I’m nodding like an eager puppy with a ball. Only to meet one blank, wait, yep, one blank son stare. The other son volunteers every detail of each classmate at decimal 10. I’ll let you guess which boy. “So school?” I ask. Parent friends, you know how this drill goes: The eye roll. The standard response. We send …

Please Hold and Hug

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Attitudes over here at the Pogue Cottage have been at an all-time high. Our boys too. (W;ink) It seems everything we ask is too demanding or said in a different tongue because we are met with a wall of non-responsive, heavy-sighing, blank staring, eye-rolling children. “I don’t want to.” “No.” “But… ” eyes look around to blame the nearest item for …

A mouse and a man in a Hawaiian Shirt

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Home from school, Ty pulled me into his room, dove his hand inside a pocket and proudly held out 2 feet of paperwhite yarn. “I found it on the playground,” he boasted. Then he disappeared into the office and emerged with tape, a firmly planted “mouse tail” displayed above his rear. I may have died. This kid’s creativity inspires me by the hour. …

On practicing what we Preach

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Dude. I got called out by our 7 year old. We were 3 days into camp and the boys were in an outdoor bliss coma. A swimming, tadpole-catching, shake-eating, Frisbee-tossing, tire-swinging, corndog-eating, belly-contest-watching, creation-soaking, GOD-sense coma. They were also tired and hangry. Ty chose his meltdown location at the shake shack. At dinnertime. Around families and high school students and …

Father’s Day Q & A with my main Man

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With the boys collapsed in their bunks, Bryan and I sat, our legs overlapped like apple pie lattice, criss-crossed and comfortable.     We had welcomed the first day of summer climbing beach rocks, eating sand-covered peanut butter and honey sandwiches and staying in our bathing suits all.day.long. For dinner we grilled burgers with thick melted squares smothered in homemade bbq sauce, washed …

A “Wisdom Bouquet” for Future Moms

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Dear Future Moms, I’ve gathered a “wisdom bouquet” from moms of all ages, walks of life, and in various parenting journeys (which appropriately resembles a beautifully imperfect bunch of wildflowers). What’s one “wisdom stem” you want to share with future moms? I asked. As moms, grandmas, creative souls, and down-to-earth women, their advice is real, grace-filled, and, ironically has nothing to do with sleep schedules. From …

Allergic to Listening

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Tanner. TanNER! TANNNNNNNNNNER!  Are your shoes on yet? I’m scraping cereal flakes clinging to the edge of the kitchen table and yollering (yelling/hollering) down the hall to our oldest. It’s only been 3,800,00 times I’ve asked him this question. This morning alone. In addition to the 48 mornings before. Welcome to the Pogue Cottage. Our oldest is currently allergic to listening. Yes, I …