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Sheri Carlstrom
Indiana
Just a mom in Indiana living an ordinary life, keeping track and pondering it a slice at a time.
Interests: My family, living with intention, reading, writing, communication, exercise, coffee, trying to keep balance in a culture that is overscheduled.
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This blog is my baby. This is where I started sharing the ordinary days of this life we lead. Since March 2008 I have been recording slices of our story with the hope that something I have experienced will give... Continue reading
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I'm 46, and I'm just gonna say it ~ I'm not a fan of the aging process. What I'm about to describe may sound superficial and vain. I'm OK with that, one of the benefits of being "mature" is caring... Continue reading
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...this is the question our church is asking. In October my brother-in-law was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his pancreas. In December he had major, major surgery. As he and my sister and their kids entered this new place,... Continue reading
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Things I have said over the past several months as I get on the scale: Oh my gosh! For the love! What the heck! Will I ever lose these last 20 lbs?! Over the last twelve years I have lost... Continue reading
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Our church is on a 40 day journey. The question we are being asked to ponder is "I wonder what would happen If..." and then fill in the blank. As this question is being answered by pastors, staff and members... Continue reading
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Yesterday I was talking on my phone as I ran into the store to grab some bread. There were no lines in one of the check-out lanes, I quickly dropped the bread and looked at the teen cashier as she... Continue reading
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As the mother of a teen dialed into text messaging, IMing and Facebooking, I find myself worried, concerned and sometimes mad about all the technology that seems to disconnect my teen as effectively as it seems to connect her. Recently... Continue reading
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Friendships and scheduled quarterly meetings do not appear to have a natural connection, but I have discovered that quarterly meetings are a perfect way to keep friendships connected. Many years ago three other women and I became friends through a... Continue reading
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Today we were discussing our plans for the upcoming Spring Break. Our plan is to have no plans. We are not going anywhere. We traveled over Thanksgiving, we traveled over Christmas. We have been busy with basketball and wrestling, homework,... Continue reading
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Patience is not my virtue. Fortunately for me, I believe my husband was marinated in it the nine months he grew within his mother. I cannot figure out how else it comes so naturally to him. Tangled necklace? He gently... Continue reading
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Here is one thing I love about snow storms - they draw simple kindness and humanity out of us. The snow we received last night was several inches, and it was packed, which made it heavy. This morning several of... Continue reading
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It was Christmas day, 2009 and my brother-in-law, Jim was not at home with his three young kids and wife, he was out plowing the streets of the town in which he works. The beautiful snowfall on Christmas Eve meant... Continue reading
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It was an ordinary day last month when my brother-in-law, Greg, decided it was time to go to the doctor. He hadn't been feeling well for awhile and it was time to find out why. Really...just an ordinary day. After... Continue reading
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I have witnessed something a few times over the past few weeks that has grieved my heart each and every time. Maybe it's because I know the couples involved. I have noticed these couples, who are now divorced, completely ignore... Continue reading
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I was driving yesterday when I heard my first Christmas song of the season on the radio. It was fifty degrees and sunny. I thought, This does not feel like Christmas. This is not an unusual thought for me this... Continue reading
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I've been off task all week. There's been a lot on my mind, I've had issues focusing, and I've been harsh as I talk to myself about being so off task. Today I finally found myself at the grocery store... Continue reading
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Zach was the one to say that he and Erin should run in the 5K that he saw advertised. Hmmmmm....thought this mom, that sounds like a great experience for them to have together. Then I realized it was a weekend... Continue reading
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I am a friend of Weight Watchers. I partnered with them in January of 2009, lost 25 pounds and have been able to maintain that weight loss...more or less. I gain 3 or 4 (sometimes 5 or 7) and then... Continue reading
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Cross Country - a sport new to our family this season because of Erin. In sixth and seventh grades she ran the 800 meter in track so that she could run in meets (she wasn't fast enough in the shorter... Continue reading
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Something happened at the Y this week that caused me to go back three years and post this. Continue reading
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I'm back on a topic I have already written about, but I have been very intentional the last few weeks about this; its been interesting so I am sharing again. I wrote here about how it felt to have my... Continue reading
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I wrote about teen drinking on Mother of the What?! You can read it here. Continue reading
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I wrote about Sunday, you can read it here. Continue reading
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Yesterday it rained. It was wonderful; not just because the grass really needed the refreshing that it brought, but I did too. I had prepared my mind for a busy day, anticipating checking many things off the list. It was... Continue reading
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Its time to say good-bye to some favorite summer friends. Although its been so satisfying to delight in you all season, you have come back to haunt me. So...so long Ball Park franks and potato salad. See you later pasta... Continue reading