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Word of the Day

By Nicole | Nov 15, 2013 |

My first thought as I wake up these days is “What’s the word of the day, God?” It’s been an interesting practice because I often get words I didn’t anticipate but, as the day wears on, turn out to be just right. Quiet. Patience. Presence. On this gorgeous fall day I woke up in the…

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By Nicole | Oct 9, 2013 |

This past summer my family and I traveled to the countryside of France for my brother’s wedding. He and his bride gave me the honor of not only walking my beautiful niece down the aisle, but also of speaking to what I know of marriage. My hard-earned wisdom on the subject came as the following.…

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The Curve Ball

By Nicole | Oct 4, 2013 |

I’ve made it clear to the universe and my family and friends that this will be my last year teaching in a traditional classroom in a traditional high school. Something else awaits and, while I know not yet what it is, I know that something exists. Something that does not deplete this introvert’s energy so…

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A Conversation with My 8-Year Old

By Nicole | Oct 1, 2013 |

Hey, Mom, did you know we have another teacher? Another teacher? Yeah, a math teacher. He comes in once a week. He came last year too. Really? What for? To teach math, duh. Easy Attitude Guy. Right, sorry. (hands up, palms facing me, eyebrows up as if to say, “Whoa, chill, I got it”) To…

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Traveling Tuesdays Part VI: No Cameras Allowed

By Nicole | Sep 2, 2013 |

Today we went to the beautiful d’Orsay Musee. On this, our last day of our European adventure, 23 days of foreign country madness with all of its high highs and low lows, we finally figured out the best way to start the day. Get there before it opens. And we learned that on accident, frankly, because…

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Traveling Tuesdays Part V: Mind the Gap

By Nicole | Aug 28, 2013 |

(Author’s Note: I’ve since rediscovered where I got the idea for “Mind the Gap.” It’s from Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly, Chapter 5. If you don’t yet have that book, I highly recommend it!) Paris and Rome are very different places. Both cool in their own way, both fashionable in their own way, both beautiful in…

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Traveling Tuesday Part IV: Strangers and the Mediterranean Sea

By Nicole | Aug 20, 2013 |

We actually made it to the Mediterranean?! Let me return to the beginning of the day. When I get excited, sometimes I get ahead of myself. Today we decided to hit the tourist spots early, both for the sake of avoiding the heat and the crowds. While neither was possible, we certainly were in better…

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Traveling Tuesdays Part III: Finally a Holy (and Happy) Day

By Nicole | Aug 14, 2013 |

We didn’t sleep well last night, which actually lead to a bit of sweetness between my eldest boy and me. Tom was playing musical beds following Craig around last night and at some point my bed ended up empty when Jackson wandered in not being able so sleep himself. It seems to be the 230am…

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Traveling Tuesdays, Part II: Today Sucked

By Nicole | Aug 7, 2013 |

After getting barfed on yesterday, not to mention the complete washout we experienced on the bus, I thought today would look up. Apparently, not so much. Rome in July is hot–wicked hot. Now when I say hot, I’m not sure you understand just how hot. Today was 93 degrees. If that’s not enough to convince…

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Traveling Tuesdays, Part I: Barf and Bus Washout

By Nicole | Jul 31, 2013 |

My family and I just got back from almost a month away from home. I’m an unabashed homebody so it’s fair to say this was the trip of a lifetime for me. A friend encouraged me to consider this differently, as to not imply it will be the only one. Still jet-lagged and struggling to…

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