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allbuttonedup
Interests: thrift. make. give away. repeat.
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In 2007 the adoption section at Powell's was divided into distinct camps: How-To, Parenting the Unattached Child, and Memoirs of Children Adopted in SE Asian Countries. I read what I could find. We had sorted out the "how-to" bit pretty... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at all buttoned up.
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I was going through YouTube videos of Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip this week. I drank tea and felt the most Canadian. And then I found this video of him accepting an honour at the Assembly of First Nations... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at all buttoned up.
Thanks Liz. Im going to talk to one of the educators about the impact of her statements/thinking because Im very sure shes ready and willing to hear it. As much as I want to assume good intentions, I can tell that the others arent-- which certainly wont stop me from pushing back in the future! Being called out/in is such a gift, isnt it?!
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2017 on September Gold at all buttoned up.
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"Let's start by talking about his strengths", she said. "He's quiet. Kind. On task." "Quiet, yes." **** After a very *crispy* summer, all six of the Framily Children began school this August. The youngest one was declared the Most Ready... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at all buttoned up.
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Hannah texted me a photo of our family this week. It is the six member version and it was taken on a Sunday before we took her to the airport. We all have morning faces, droopy clothes, and are sitting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at all buttoned up.
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I flew to South Florida to hand off the two oldest for the summer. It was hot but not so hot that I felt helpless. It was humid but not so humid that I felt stymied. J does not force... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at all buttoned up.
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March has been unusually cold and wet. Everything is soggy and weedy. We started on the backyard over the weekend, which meant folding tarps and removing the scrap metal. It now looks less like a squat and more like your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at all buttoned up.
Oh, my friend Emily. I have been writing about this dangerous world for years. I am concerned, now, with the present--which is clear and ever dangerous for my people. Thank you for reading. My story, is my story.
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On it!
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I didn't watch the Oscars the other night. We haven't been to a movie in ages and for once I'm itching to see so many. Storytelling has always been a popular way to deliver content, change minds, and sell crap.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at all buttoned up.
OH! To live in a blogging world of handmade valentines! Thank you for being here, for reaching out, and for your kind words. I deeply appreciate them.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2017 on Citizen as Participant at all buttoned up.
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I do not know how to explain "Mass Deportation" to my children. I understand that I need to do it. I am stuck because this is what I know they will ask me: Why are you not stopping this? Why... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at all buttoned up.
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Every day conversations. "I'm hungry. What can I have?" "______" "Never mind, I'm not that hungry." Or. "If they try to talk to you on your own, you need to ask for another adult to be present. Or ask to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at all buttoned up.
I'm just so happy that you're still writing here. I read everything you post, even though I barely comment.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2017 on sun catcher at tiny happy
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Nothing feels particularly right, does it?
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2017 on Citizen as Participant at all buttoned up.
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I am the child and grandchild of former missionaries. My maternal grandparents spent a lifetime in Nigeria working to improve agricultural methods, caring for lepers, praying for their neighbors, and spreading the Good News. When we were cleaning out their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at all buttoned up.
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I used to write and hit publish and then go back and fix the typos I swore I had already corrected. I am trying to be more diligent now, but I need a good editor and someone to proofread and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at all buttoned up.
Thank you so much for being here, Sarah.
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The church I grew up in did not sing gospel music, per se, but more contemporary types of praise music mixed in with hymns... Um, choruses? They were often performed slightly off tempo thanks an abundance of acoustic guitar and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at all buttoned up.
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I have Mary Tyler Moore episodes on my split screen right now. You Tube, you are the devil, but sometimes you come through beautifully. Paul bought me season 1-3 of "Rhoda" for one of our first Christmases together. We met... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at all buttoned up.
By doing that, you would give him the greatest gift.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2017 on Briefly: On Fades and Belonging at all buttoned up.
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I can feel it.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2017 on Briefly: On Fades and Belonging at all buttoned up.
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Thanks, Melissa. And thanks especially for clicking on those links. Those are the people and the voices that need to be elevated.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2017 on Briefly: On Fades and Belonging at all buttoned up.
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(Baby Melissa) *you come here for the profanity, yes? Hi Danielle! After you left the other morning I picked up T at preK, set her up with food and toys and sat down to read your book. I have set... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at all buttoned up.
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I took A to the barbershop today. We have given up taking all of the kids together. While this system worked for a little while, "worked" would be the operative word. The boys would arrive home, lined up and fresh,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at all buttoned up.