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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor


The Architect


How to use extra frosting.


The girl is the one that would never stay out of things when she was a toddler.  She was the child that drew a continuous line on every wall around the entire house with a red sharpie marker when she was two years old.  I know…it’s amazing she’s still alive.  Ellen was and is a curious child.  She has to touch things, make things, dink with things.  It’s a creative thing.  It was no surprise that she grabbed the icing bag and told her little brother to hold still.


We celebrated Isaac’s 8th birthday a month ago.  He is by far my most disheveled child.  For evidence please refer to the crusty stuff on his shirt, the pizza sauce on his chin and if you could see the top of his head you’d know his hair stays combed in place for approximately .28 seconds a day.  Frosting on his face?  Not at all uncomfortable for him.  All I know is that I send him to school clean and groomed and he comes home looking like he’s been in the jungle for ten months.


The baby will not be left, do not leave him behind, unless you plan to suffer his wrath.  And who is Ellen to turn down coloring on another blank canvas?


Please fear for her future.

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