Author Archive | ameliar

Overland Park fire

The Firefighters

We left a birthday party last week and headed northbound on the highway back home. I casually looked out my window and noticed an enormous growing black cloud headed upward, eerily contrasting the pale blue sky. I knew something was wrong. We got off on our exit and immediately fear entered my heart. My boys and […]

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When Guinea Pigs Die

When Guinea Pigs Die

Our guinea pigs died this November. On election day. Crazy, right? If it had been any other random day in November, I surely would not have remembered the date. People have laughed when I told them that the pigs went from happily sleeping and eating the day before to dying the next. On election day.  My […]

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Five Forever

As my legs pushed his lanky giggling body into the air, he looked down at me. The gentle breeze swayed the branches on the trees and rustled the gorgeous fallen leaves back and forth. I stared up at his freckled nose and his bleached-out hair. Then, I asked him an important question,  “Will you stay […]

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Your Chronically Diseased Mom Friend

Your Chronically Diseased Mom Friend

I have Crohn’s disease. It’s an irritable bowel disease. It’s categorized as an invisible disease. But I feel its presence every single day, for both the good and bad. My Crohn’s disease affects my guts and a lot of other parts of my body, too. Like my lungs and kidneys. And my mind and spirit. […]

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Revolving House Playgroup

Five boys happily, yet crazily run around my house. Around and around. Tromping upstairs. Turn around! Back downstairs. Hurry! They disappear into the back yard. They’re all clad in turtle shells and capes holding Nerf guns, weapons and anything else they can use for strict super hero communication purposes.  I love their noises. Their screams. […]

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stitches

AHHH! My Kid Needs Stitches

It’s starting to be that time of year again. The weather is getting cooler. The long hours to play outside in the warm sunlight have faded. Leaves have started changing all of those glorious colors. Ahhhh, we welcome the brisk and beautiful season of autumn.  It’s also the beginning of the chaotic time of year […]

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cup of coffee

Dear Half-Finished Cup of Coffee

Dear Half-Finished Cup of Coffee, Mornings seem better when you’re around. I appreciate you, even if you sometimes feel neglected or forgotten. Sitting alone there on the bathroom counter. Or the dresser. The fireplace. The washing machine. Oh yeah, the neighbor’s bench. You’ve been around the house a time or two for years. Thanks for […]

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mama stains

Mama Stains

Thou shall never interrupt a mama taking a late night shower. Unless you’re sneaking in to quickly tell her how much you love her or to hand her some more of those fancy hotel shower soaps. Maybe you could let her know that you will have a glass of iced water or wine waiting for […]

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Indian Creek Trails

Exploring Indian Creek Trails

When we first moved into our house, our twin boys had recently turned five years old. They had several years of toddlerhood balance bike practice and therefore quickly mastered the art of riding pedal bikes with minimal scraped knees, elbows and hands. They thought they were ready to bike their way around the world. The end result: […]

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Park Refugees

Park Refugees

My boys could tell by my overall demeanor and tone of voice that there was no time for questioning me. We had finally arrived at their favorite park. We had only been at the park for 10 minutes. But we needed to leave. Right now. There was only one other mother there who had six children […]

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driving reflections

Rear View Mirror Reflections

There are a lot of lessons that I have unexpectedly side-swiped or rear-ended in my minivan. Some of them aren’t surprising, like constantly being called “ma’am” in drive-through windows. Lesson learned: I am old. You have to be a “ma’am” to drive a minivan. Right? Sorry, men. Or “sirs.” I constantly get honked at for […]

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When Mama Goes to the Hospital

When Mama Goes to the Hospital

It’s difficult to quietly exit the house and leave your kids while they’re sleeping. Without saying “good morning,” “goodbye” or without receiving those giant running bear hugs. I sat in the dark car and looked down at the heart drawn on my wrist with a Sharpie. We do this when I go to work on the weekends. “Mama, […]

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Rock Chalk Jayhawk: A Night at Allen Fieldhouse

Disclosure: This post and giveaway is sponsored by Kansas Athletics; however, all opinions are those of the author. We hopped in our van, as a family, on a Wednesday night and chased the gorgeous fading Kansas sunset, all the way to Allen Fieldhouse. Once inside, we peered inside the glass cases holding championship memorabilia. We […]

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Running the Church-A-Thon

I don’t get to sit with my boys in church very often. On the rare occasion that I take off from work, I really do love going. . Although, it’s similar to running a marathon, I think. It must be. I haven’t run a marathon, but I have watched several. I am just imagining the training: getting three boys […]

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