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On the last day of normal, my husband took a photo of my swollen belly, just before we went to dinner. We ordered extravagantly from the chichi menu at our non-kid-friendly favorite restaurant. “Can you believe that tomorrow, at this time, we’ll have a baby?” I said. “Let’s keep us,” he said. And I agreed. But […]

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  • Nicki - Sigh. I can’t get enough of this. I’ve read it over and over… then and now again. Such a beautiful, calming perspective. I feel like I can breathe for the first time today after reading this. “The first day of the world was today.” Thank you darling Kristi.
    And how wonderful it is to host FTSF with you and Jena. Love and gratitude. xxx
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  • Emily - I totally get the first and last days of the world situations — we’ve had a few of those and they can be both really, really good and really, really bad. Either way, it’s like you said: the last day of the world is often the first. Yes, so true! And your pictures above? Always a treat, especially the one with the thought bubbles. :)
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  • Dana - I have just recently started thinking of lasts as firsts – do you think that comes with age? How breathtaking to follow you on this journey of your life that you tell with your words.
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    • Kristi Campbell - Dana,
      I dunno if it comes from age but probably. When we’re young, it’s so easy to just focus on the next first, or on the heartbreaking ending of what’s last that is hard to remember later… or something like that.
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  • Sarah - OK, Robert’s mole. Never knew that, and though it seems entirely beside the point, could the timing have been worse? Good that it’s fixed. Enough for now.
    Yeah. Birth is the end of one world. A familiar and easier one but not one I’d want back either.
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  • La Dale - Ugh, this got me thinking so much about how Johanna’s birth was the end of so many things for me, including my mother’s life, but the beginning of Christ pouring down his grace into my life. And then there were tears. Darn you lady for making me sob! Great post!April 16, 2015 – 11:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Michelle AKA Crumpets and Bollocks - I too have had many last days of one world before beginning another, and all 3 of my girls coming into this world was one of those days. Great post. So glad you were able to notice your husband’s mole. You probably saved his life.
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  • Jena - I am so lucky to be here with you. On the last day, and the first. You inspire me so.April 16, 2015 – 11:07 pmReplyCancel

  • April G - Beautiful. So touching. I’m still not sure which way I’ll take this prompt. I can definitely agree that the birth of my son really changed my life and the last day of my old life was gone and now my life is anew.
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  • ruchira - Wow! just plain wow!
    I so absolutely loved your take on this prompt.

    So beautiful and so apt and so everything!

    xoxoApril 16, 2015 – 11:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - You always manage to express what I feel. Spot on, my friend. I like to look at life this way. ..every end is also a beginning. I have found that to be true over and over many times.April 17, 2015 – 1:08 amReplyCancel

  • Janine Huldie - I read this shaking my head and getting this so very much. Seriously, it was most definitely the first day of my world when I had both my girls. And the guilt on days when they are off or out early is so real,but also starting to see more and more worthy of me walking away from work to just enjoy being in the moment.April 17, 2015 – 2:05 amReplyCancel

  • Kelly McKenzie - “And that because it’s the last, it’s also the first.” That is just the very best way to look at all of this exhausting, hilarious, inspiring, mixed up chaotic craziness that we call life. As for your prayer – well, damn. May it be eons and eons before it comes true. When you’re ready. And on your terms.April 17, 2015 – 2:08 amReplyCancel

  • Kathy Radigan - You really got me with this one Kristi. I so relate to that feeling on so many levels. Just beautiful!April 17, 2015 – 2:19 amReplyCancel

  • Jessica Herndon Worgul - Powerful and beautiful. Also, I love the pictures of your family!April 17, 2015 – 3:45 amReplyCancel

  • Lizzi Rogers - It’s already taken back. These things don’t get held against you – it’s gone. Done. Finished and dealt with. That’s kinda the point.April 17, 2015 – 6:09 amReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - Those words!!! The last day of the world is often the first. Wow. This was so beautiful. I wish I had thought of such a way to finish the sentence. Smh at the awesomeness of this post and the meme. Love it.

    Btw we’ve talked about this before about how we think unrationale and the worst of things might happen, so I totally felt for you when Robert had his surgery. I know you were thinking way beyond necessary. ;-)April 17, 2015 – 6:41 amReplyCancel

  • Bev - This is just absolutely gorgeous. There’s so many things in life that can completely change the course of things, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. It may feel like the end of your world, but it can also mean the beginning of a new and different life. Beautiful take on the prompt!
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  • Allie - Kristi! How adorable are you with the big ole belly?!?!?! And I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of your husband? So handsome. And, as always, beautiful words. Succinct and eloquent – and inspiring. I kind of needed them today. Today is the first day off crazy season, and I shall change my attitude and be grateful for the chaos. Now I’m off to the special Olympics, in the rain. And I will not curse the powers that be, as the rain pelts down on me, for not cancelling. Should be interesting – according to B’s teacher, everyone is complaining that B shouldn’t be able to rub the 50 yard dash this year, because he’s now a professional!April 17, 2015 – 8:43 amReplyCancel

  • Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom - Another moving post. I related most to your husband’s cancer. I just had a wide local excision to have an evolving mole removed. As I went to the doctor’s appts and outpatient surgery and then recuperated, I could only laugh every time I remembered what one doctor told me. “You will not die from melanoma now,” he said. “Because you will find it early.” Double edged sword, that.
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  • Anna Fitfunner - Thanks for this post. It makes me use my brain in unaccustomed ways. I agree that endings can be beginnings, and that is how life progresses. I’m not sure about your momentary conversation with God. I don’t think that we can trade away our lives like that. Each of us has the power to be a blessing to the world, and owe it to ourselves and our families to explore and realize our potential. You are certainly growing and inspiring!April 17, 2015 – 1:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Chris Carter - No worries about that prayer, sweet friend. It is already gone, with your first breath of hope. I’ve had that same prayer many times…

    Every end of the world can take us to new heights of living really. Funny how that happens- from the deepest depths to the greatest heights. I’m so glad your hubs is okay. And You found grace and giving in Kindergarten. And that Tucker is growing up beautifully, just as he is. And for second chances… oh there are so many of them that feel like the first day of the world. Thank God for them.
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  • Elizabeth - Love the pictures so much! And “the last day of the world is often the first” is an amazing statement, full of all kinds of layers and interesting ways it can be applied to life. Love it!
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Some weeks, it’s hard to know what thankful is. It hides among the leaves and today’s between winter and not winter and too-cold mornings and too-hot afternoons. The too-cold mornings and the too-hot afternoons are annoying, but, between them, there is comfort and peace and the perfect temperature and the perfect blend between errands run, playing, doing, […]

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  • Dana - The video made me smile – which is tough to do at 6:45 in the morning! That is big. Congrats on the book – you’re going to have your own section in the bookstore soon! And I think you should move closer to me:)April 13, 2015 – 6:52 amReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - Awww I love the video. He’s doing good! I know you were beaming on the inside! The cute bow. I know there’s a name for it but we’ll call it the cute bow. Happy house hunting. I LOVE looking at houses. Except for when I was nine weeks pregnant and we were looking for this one and seemingly everyone’s house smelled bad. This one had plug-ins all over the place and was vacant. I was able to smell past that ;-)
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    • Kristi Campbell - I love the video too and he IS he IS doing so so good. Sigh. I was huge beaming. I don’t know that there’s a better word than cute bow so that’s official now.
      You were pg when house hunting??? ME TOO although I didn’t know it and was like 2 weeks but the smells and the thes?? OMG . Glad you found yours that had smelling past it with it!! LOL :)
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  • Kate Hall - So much here to comment on! Congratulations on getting into the book. I’m still kicking myself for not trying – but life always seems to get in my way…or I’m just lazy. I think this book is going to be awesome. I think it’ll help a lot of new moms.

    Yay for Tucker and Tae Kwon Do! My kids just started taking it in February – they love it. It’s already improved their lives – that sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. They’re obeying more and being more respectful and they’re self-esteem seems to be higher too. They’re participating in ways they didn’t before. It’s expensive, but we’re seeing that it’s totally worth it. So excited for Tucker! And don’t you keep thinking they’re saying “ass-kick” all the time? Haha!

    Good luck on the house hunt. I quite enjoy looking for houses. Selling, not so much, but the hunt is fun. Are you looking in your same city or elsewhere?
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    • Kristi Campbell - Well Duh you should come more often and stuff. I kicked myself for not trying for the last one so had to for this one and yeah.. I think it’ll help, too. And really about the TKD?? It’s seriously doing amazing things for Tucker, too!!! It’s SO expensive (we just paid for a year after a cheap trial month) but OMG really it’s amazing. It doesn’t sound ridiculous at all that it’s improved your kids’ lives – I completely believe that. Tucker has new respect and confidence that he didn’t have just a month ago!!
      HAHAH to “ass-kick!” You SWORE (sortof) :)
      I love looking for houses to but yeah, the selling? Sucks to hide a freaking hair dryer much less the cheetos and the mess…
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    • Kristi Campbell - PS Same city. Town house now with crap back yard. I want a yard. And a stupid garden where I can grow stuff or something like it ;)
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  • Kerri - OMG that is freaking incredible. Go Tucker!!!! I’m thinking that is a wicked milestone to be celebrated. Just like you, published author again. Congrats on the book, my friend. You so deserve it!
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  • Janine Huldie - I can’t stop smiling after seeing that video of Tucker and definitely something to be oh so very proud over. Huge congrats on being in the new book and on the new house possibly, tooApril 13, 2015 – 9:41 amReplyCancel

  • Allie - I love the video – he’s doing it. As for the L comment – :(. I cannot even imagine what that did to your heart, but please assure him that is not so! My youngest, almost 8 – still can’t say his “ch” sound. But we keep on trying. Finally, I didn’t know you were thinking of moving?!? Where? When? Why? Email me!April 13, 2015 – 12:47 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Yeah, the L comment has me broken a little bit although not HIM because he just rolls with it. Still, that he said that tears me apart. sigh.

      The house – here, we live in a town house bought in 2008 when it was the WORST time to buy. Now is a good time to buy so shopping for better backyards even though we put way too much into this remodel (walls torn down new kitchen and 4 new bathrooms) I hate moving but LOVE looking at houses… Let’s just talk on phone?
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  • Emily - Video – awesome. Tucker – even more awesome. My middle dude did Tae Kwon Do for a few years. I love them in those white outfits – so cute, but I guess that’s not the point. Anyway, HUGE congrats on the anthology! I can’t wait to read your piece! And, we always house hunt – mostly online, but my husband (who is in real estate, although the commercial end) loves to look at houses. He says it relaxes him. :)
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    • Kristi Campbell - Thanks, Em and yes, Tucker – awesome. You and the three dudes – awesome. Also the point is a little bit at least the outfits because Tucker needs that to even go..
      You always house hunt??? I kinda love that about you even more. It’s really fun actually.
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  • Lisa @ Golden Spoons - Oh, yay for Tucker!!! That video made me smile – he is awesome. Congrats to you on the book, too!!!
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  • Pattie Thomas - Tucker is a Ninja! FTW! I managed a TKD school for several years and with the right instructor a kid can thrive. I am convinced that it is the combination of focus, physical outlet, and an adult other than a parent expecting good behavior. Kids want to do their best and as long as the do jang is focused on teaching the students should do well. Congratulations on finding a good fir for the Tuck-Man!April 13, 2015 – 6:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Kim - Love this – so awesome that Tucker enjoys TaeKwonDo and is learning all the kicks. I love the discipline that martial arts teaches any of us who are willing to learn!!
    And, it is always fun to look at houses!
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  • Dana Schwartz - Love this post Kristi for so any reasons! One for the opener which so aptly expresses how I’m feeling lately, two for the kickass (literally!) video of your awesome son, and three for your contribution in this incredible book, which I can’t wait to read because I feel it shares similarities to my own. Congrats!April 13, 2015 – 7:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Ivy - Betcha he can say L in Korean!THere are a million ways to say L! HOW AWESOME IS THAT FREAKING VIDEO???? He stayed on task and didnt stray even when the teacher had to! MY MAN!!!!
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    • Kristi Campbell - LOL what the eff is L in Korean and you’re probably right – I should mention that to him because duh confidence. He’s so your little man – I told him earlier this week that I hadn’t heard back from you and he asked about some random dude named Skip?? Who Dat? ;)
      (and for real, he did and how awesome is that)
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      • ivy - Go to google translate. Put in L ….choose korean and hit the little megaphone. I did it it works. HOOPLA skip makes his mark! Sorry I didn’t get back. Crap lately. ….gets me tired just thinking about it. Its stabilizing though.April 14, 2015 – 5:50 amReplyCancel

  • Valerie Newman - I’m so proud of Tucker. Tae Kwon Do can help with focus and confidence in a way that classroom experiences cannot. I am sure you are thrilled (and Tucker as well). Congrats on the book, I’m heading over to your link to read.April 13, 2015 – 8:49 pmReplyCancel

  • clark - (hey, I took martial arts… back in the day… he is getting it (the flexibility etc comes with time, in my case a very long time)… you can see the focus (even through a video camera frame)….

    congrats on the being in the (new) Anthology!! v cool, yo
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    • Kristi Campbell - Martial arts is awesome – my brother is a triple black belt. I think Sho De kawn (spell??), juditsu and um something else but whatever Tucker totally rocks. The flexibility is HARD right??? Thanks yo ;)
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  • Lizzi Rogers - LOVE LOVE LOVE that video. There’s all ten right there. GORGEOUS. Way to go him. I’m so glad you’re persevering with it in spite of not being sure, because it looks like Tucker’s LOVING it.

    Well done on the book. I think it sounds like a really important one and I know your experience and your writing will be wonderful contributions to it.April 13, 2015 – 10:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Sandy - Awesome video! And Lord, woman, but you write like a dream. I love the intimacy of it. You’re amazing.
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  • Yvonne - Well done to Tucker. And well done to you, getting an essay in the anthology. And, just for being you!
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  • Elizabeth - Congratulations on your essay being accepted, that is awesome! I hope Tucker continues to enjoy the martial arts!
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  • Kristi - Ninja Tucker! That is so wonderful! I’ve been thinking of you lately and hoping the best for your step-daughter.April 14, 2015 – 10:32 amReplyCancel

  • Tamara - You’re a ninja too. I wanted so badly to submit to that book but my story belonged elsewhere. Maybe next time I’ll find one within me.
    Kids are funny. Scarlet needs to take extra reading classes at school because she’s always daydreaming. She won’t eat her dinner because she’s always daydreaming.
    She’s me!
    We’re all ninjas.
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  • My Inner Chick - –What a blessing Tucker is.
    And God knew you’d be a KICK ASS Mommy, an advocate, and a voice for many.
    Also, Congrats on your essay!
    Yes, I do love the cover of that book! xxx
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  • Dyanne @ I Want Backsies - Oh, how I love watching Tucker kick! He is SO obviously following directions and waiting patiently when the teacher talks to the other boys. Way to go, you darling boy!
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  • Christine Carter - Oh Kristi Rieger Campbell!!! Your ten things are truly in that video! GO TUCKER!April 17, 2015 – 1:59 pmReplyCancel

When I think about being 14 years old, I think about the tacky, fluorescent beauty of the 80’s, about unreciprocated crushes, and about finding out that my mom was having an affair with my brother’s hockey coach. It’s funny how memories that happened so long ago can feel like yesterday and also like the fog […]

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  • Dana - That’s heavy stuff with your mom…I can’t imagine dealing with that now, much less at 14. But I know what you mean about life just beginning. We didn’t feel that way at 14, though. Or I didn’t. I felt like life hadn’t started yet, as I’m sure most teenagers do. And I wore electric blue mascara that was horribly awesome.April 9, 2015 – 10:04 pmReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - I wish I would do some of the carefree things I did as a tween before I was actually allowed to do stuff. I had a decent size room but I kept my record player in my closet which was a walk thru to the bathroom. I used to lay in the bottom of the closet and listen to music hours at a time. Fourteen was definitely not my best social year.
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    • Kristi Campbell - Fourteen I think was maybe nobody’s best social year?? I mean talk about awkward. Why the record player in the closet? More privacy?
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      • Kenya G. Johnson - Well I do remember doodling on the wall there where no one could see. So listening to music. Writing poetry. And my first name with whoever’s last name I was in love with at the time.
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        • Kristi Campbell - OOH doodling on the wall? You naughty girl! :) Do you still have any of the poetry? You should use it in a blog post if you do. I love reading stuff that I wrote as a teenager – it’s so bad that it’s funny.
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          • Kenya G. Johnson - I do think I have everything on the actual typed paper. I think most of them are good, so I would be hurt if someone gave the comments section the silent treatment. LOL. I’ll most likely not share it.April 10, 2015 – 5:54 pm

  • Emily - I miss that feeling too, of life just beginning. In hindsight, it felt so much less stressful and yet, maybe it wasn’t. I know I was also a moody, emotional teenager who was always lamenting something and that in itself is also stressful. So, like you, I’m happy I’m not 14 anymore and yet it is fun to reflect on who we were…
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  • Kerri - How weird is it that every time I hear Billy I think of you? Or that we were both freshman and 14 in 1985 entering the not so much hallmark years. Or that we both would not go back for one red cent but yet are happy we can now look at that hair and not puke in our mouths :)
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  • Kelly L McKenzie - Yes, what was with that blue eyeshadow at 14? Oh my god. I wore it as well but only to dances. My sister plastered it on my eyes and I thought I was oh, so, cool. Nevermind I looked 10.
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  • Janine Huldie - Omg, you so brought me back and like you I am seriously glad I am no longer 14 though my recent channel surfing experience with Joey Lawrence also as you know made me realize that age, in general, really isn’t just a number!April 10, 2015 – 1:58 amReplyCancel

  • Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom - I’m writing about babysitting and Billy Idol today, too. Oh, and how I didn’t much like being 14 also! I feel much more comfortable in my 40s, but I do still think we probably carry around that awkward 14 year old inside us more than we think.
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  • Alliw - I wish we’d known each other when we where fifteen. “I didn’t yet know that truly living is much too vague of an idea to ever own,” how could we? I’m still trying to figure it out. And your conclusion, about an unplanned life unfolding as it should? Well, that’s genius!April 10, 2015 – 8:17 amReplyCancel

  • marcia @ Menopausal Mother - Fourteen was a really awkward stage for me, too. But I do miss believing that ANYTHING was possible for my future and dreaming of all those wonderful possibilities is what kept the motivated to move forward.
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  • My Inner Chick - OMGOSH, I just wrote an essay about how much I LOATHED babysitting, on the other hand, Billy Idol ROCkS.

    I don’t know you….But I love you.

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  • Kim - 14 was rough for me – the only good thing about it is that was the year I started running cross country and track – something that I happened to be good at:)
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  • A. J. Goode - I had forgotten about just laying on the floor and staring at the ceiling, listening to music that seemed SO meaningful! I used to do that all the time, but with Elton John and Janis Ian (I think I’m a few years older than you!).

    I remember those same feelings of feeling like life was just about to begin–scary, exciting, and made so much more memorable by the blue eye make-up.April 10, 2015 – 1:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Valerie Newman - 14 was such an awkward age. I got my haircut like Paul McCartney back when I was 14. To have an adolescent’s problems as an adult would be a piece of cake. So easy to look back and laugh, but it was such a time of turmoil.April 10, 2015 – 4:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Hey, but I am ALL ABOUT the high-waisted pants again. Just no pleats, please. Like the Z. Cavaricci’s I wore. Egads!
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  • Tamara - I definitely miss that – feeling invincible and that life was still beginning. It was almost as fun as life actually.. happening. The prospect of it.
    Maybe it’s still beginning.
    When I was 14 I had a crush on a girl! That had never happened before that and has only vaguely happened since. Her best friend was a boy and I wanted him even more. But he wanted my best friend.
    So there was that.
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  • Dana Schwartz - Kristi, this is lovely and it really brought me back :) I remember being so uncomfortable in my skin, feeling awkward and bony-limbed and flat chested (sorry bra) and anxious about boys. I hung out with a not awesome crowd when I was 14 and I remember sitting on porches with the oddball guy while our friends made out in the woods. Calling my dad to drive us home and hoping he didn’t notice my friends were drunk. Anyway, clearing the nostalgia is in high gear. Thanks for this blast into the past :) I too am happy not to be 14.April 10, 2015 – 11:43 pmReplyCancel

  • Christine Carter - Risky Business!!! YES!!! I was all about Rocky, and Prince too… and I too, lived in broken cracks of the suburban life. I’m so glad I never have to go back to that year. It was one of the hardest years of my life. (That’s why I just couldn’t do this link up… :( ) Your pics are BRILLIANT. Oh, and the music… the power of music- wow. I forgot about that.April 11, 2015 – 1:49 amReplyCancel

  • Lisa Moskowitz Sadikman - This is so evocative Kristi – the scrunchies and lying on the floor absorbed in the music, how everything was so meaningful, so full of potential really. Oh, and that feeling of being invincible – yes! And just, FEELING everything. Then knowing you don’t want to go back to being 14 because “an unplanned life tends to unfold as it should.” Love it.April 11, 2015 – 3:02 amReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Ha! I loved Billy Idol, too, though being a little older than you, my vivid memories of that fluorescence comes from working at Disneyland – there were a lot of guests in bright orange and green with “Wham! U.K.” sweatshirts, lol! :-D
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  • Nicki - Risky Business RayBans… this is my new favorite phrase. It encompasses EVERYTHING. I used to lie on the floor and listen to Forever Young by Alphaville… I feel nostalgic for that every day. But oh to the cracks in that RayBan perfection that prepared us for the cracks in life… the truest thing ever. L’chaim. Thank you for your beautiful words and self.
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  • Kenya G. Johnson - Oh and congrats for being featured in another book!April 13, 2015 – 6:59 amReplyCancel

  • Sandy Ramsey - Ah, yes! 14..or as I like to refer to it, the beginning of the end. It had it’s great moments but navigating that time in life can most definitely suck. It’s the hardest and as my youngest daughter gets closer to it the more I remember it. I don’t know if I will be able to impart my wisdom on to her and let her know it might be awful at times but those times will pass and things will get better…not always, but mostly. She’s a different kid than I was though. I’m totally taking credit for that ;).

    I miss the 80s too…all that neon. I think you and I would have been fast and furious friends, Kristi.
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Today, on World Autism Awareness Day, I think about the progress that my little boy has made. While he does not have an official diagnosis of autism, he’s next to it – spectrumy – with speech and language challenges, sensory and OCD issues, and overall motor skills and motor planning delays. Honestly, just 12 months […]

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  • Emily - This is one of my favorite posts of yours and you SO SO SO deserved that award for it! I may have made this comment last time, but the way you are able to show us how T may be feeling or thinking is incredible and truly insightful. Thanks for sharing it again and most especially today – how perfectly appropriate!
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  • Sarah - How did I miss this post before? It’s perfect, absolutely perfect. And, yes, you could definitely be describing what’s going in my head at times.
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  • Allison carter - Yes, perfect.

    Perfect.April 2, 2015 – 11:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Janine Huldie - OK now I am crying and you most definitely deserved an award for this and just so much more, KristiApril 3, 2015 – 2:03 amReplyCancel

  • Kelly McKenzie - Oh Kristi. This is the first time I’ve read this and I am bowled over. But in a good way. T has such a wonderful advocate in you. There could be no better.April 3, 2015 – 6:47 amReplyCancel

  • Sandy Ramsey - That post is still so incredible, Kristi. It has been amazing watching Tucker grow and make fantastic strides. Thank you for sharing the hugeness of those moments with us. You are a fabulous mom and a beautiful human! Love you! XX
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  • Allie - Just like the first time, you took my breath away. And you so deserved the award for this. Even twelve years into out journey, I need this. I need the reminder. A reminder that yes, progress is made, but also, breaks are still needed. By mommy and son. Love this, you and your sweet, miraculous boy!April 3, 2015 – 8:31 amReplyCancel

  • Kim - I loved reading this from Tucker’s point of view!!! I think that lots of us could do well to remember to breath and recognize the mad before it takes over – at least I know I have had times when I failed this and needed some sort of system.
    Your son has so much joy and so much to teach all of us!!!
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  • Elizabeth - Loved this the first time I read it, still love it. Consider it shared my dear!
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  • Anna Fitfunner - Kristi, I loved that post the first time that I read, and I’m loving on it again. Tucker really has come so far, and I send out praise for your husband and you, who have stuck it out with that darling boy. Many, many kids with autism can get better over time. Not “cured” (whatever that means) necessarily, but better so that they can participate and find joy in the world around them. Thanks for keying into National Autism Day, as well. Raising awareness means a lot to our community!April 3, 2015 – 6:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Dana - I love this post – isn’t this the one you read at Blog U? I’m glad you are sharing it again. I feel lucky to be able to witness Tucker’s growth over the past few years, and I look forward to meeting him in person. Over the summer, maybe?
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    • Kristi Campbell - Hey Dana,
      Yeah it’s the one I read at BlogU. And I’d LOVE to have Tucker meet you and your kids this summer and be able to meet them myself! (yours, I mean, obviously) Yes!
      Happy Passover, Friend!
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  • My Inner Chick - CONGRATSSSSSSSS on the ***People’s Choice Award ***!!!!

    You. Deserve. It. Darling.

    …because your VOICE lifts & transforms & inspires. xxxxxx
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  • Tamara - Loved the post last summer and I love it now!
    And I’d like to meet Tucker this summer too!
    Happy Easter!
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  • Sara - Love this (both times!) T-Man HAS come a long way! ….and really, I think we all need “A Break” sometimes. There are adults I’ve met who could use a “HANDS” reminder every now and again. ….and I’m reluctant to admit how frequently I’d like to hide under my chair (or desk) to regroup. Huge hugs to you & Tucker.April 6, 2015 – 6:06 pmReplyCancel

  • K - Kristi…I loved that post when I first read it and I love it today. You deserve that award 110 percent.

    Yesterday evening, I attended a talk given by a man who has Asperger’s (he wrote Look Me in the Eye) and he shared many similar sentiments…those feelings of being overwhelmed and frustrated and of playing in a world that was beyond the understanding of the other kids. He called it his world of “tigers and elephants,” and he said it took him until he was an adult to realize that his world, his tigers and elephants, were different than everyone else’s. Not worse…just different. His. Unique. :)

    Love this post. Love you.
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    • Kristi Campbell - Sweets! I’ve been thinking about you and wondering how almost end of year is going for you. I wish I’d attended the same talk – that sounds amazing. I so hope that it doesn’t take Tucker until he’s an adult but if it does, I think that’s maybe okay too. I mean, it takes being solo to have wings, right? And Huge love for you my sweet friend. Always.
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  • Stacey - >> My friend has a different game in his head than the game that I have in my head. My game, in my head, is better and why can’t he see that my game is more fun and that he’s ruining everything? <<

    Holy crap, this is so my son (who, like Tucker, is spectrumy but not enough to be on the spectrum; he instead has SPD). My Thomas has a lot of issues getting other kids to play with him. His teacher and I discussed it and she thinks it has to do with his speech (again, like Tucker, Thomas was a late speaker, lost the few words he said, has articulation issues, and possibly Apraxia) and that the other kids don't want to take the time to wait for my kid to spit his words out. I think it's more that he wants to play a certain game a certain way and he doesn't understand that other kids don't always like to do that. Either way, it's frustrating and saddening knowing my son struggles. He's doing better in the play area at school, but if we go to the park and there are other kids, 9 times out of 10 he either wants to go home or he plays by himself. :\ It sucks. He doesn't. He's awesome. Frustrating at times, but awesome. :)
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    • Kristi Campbell - Wow Stacey,
      Thank you so much for commenting. It’s always so heart-warming to realize that there are kids who are so so similar to Tucker when it comes to speech and who are spectrumy but not enough to actually be there. I really appreciate you taking the time to share and I love your last words. It sucks. He doesn’t. He’s awesome. YES!
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At one point in my life, I strived to be the last to leave a party. Always, afraid I may miss something. Today though, or, at least last night, I was the first to leave, afraid to miss what was going on at home and afraid that missing it would equal unwelcome repercussions. My son’s hand […]

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  • Lizzi Rogers - Ohhhh it sounds like you have too many things going on at once, all vying for your attention. I’m so glad that these things get to matter, thanks to the work your husband (and others like him) does. I’m also glad that Tucker loves you so much and that you make such a positive difference for him. And I’m glad when you get to sleep in.

    I hope that Spring Break goes well. You’ll find things which make it wonderful. I hope you get all the doings done.March 30, 2015 – 5:56 amReplyCancel

  • Lizzi Rogers - HA AND FRIST! BOOM BABY!March 30, 2015 – 5:56 amReplyCancel

  • Kerri - Oh you have so much to be thankful for, my friend. I mean he WROTE BURP!!! You must be so proud and no I am not being sarcastic :) Okay a little because it is freaking hysterical. T
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  • Allie - Guilt? For what momma? You are awesome. And we are not going anywhere for spring break either, and I don’t even have a good reason! Want to hear all about LTYM show. The Atlanta one isn’t until May, but I plan to go.March 30, 2015 – 10:00 amReplyCancel

  • yvonne - I can relate to what you say about wanting to be there at bedtime because your son remembers at 3am if you aren’t. One of my daughters was like that for a long time too.
    What a cool drawing Tucker did and his writing is brilliant! LIke Kerri, I think you can be proud. My older daughter wrote several letters backwards at that age, so I do think he’s doing amazingly well.
    Hope you have a lovely spring break.
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  • Kim - I remember times that it was hard to be gone at bedtime but also nice to get out and be around other adults without kids.
    I hope y’all have a fun spring break!! Sometimes the ones without plans are the best!!
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  • Janine Huldie - I am so with you and when I do have to be out at bedtime for my girls, I truly feel such mom guilt and miss them so. And like you I also used to be one of the last to leave at a party, too. My how times change and kids seem to have that effect on us. Hugs and we also are heading to spring break at the end of this week, as well here.March 30, 2015 – 11:35 amReplyCancel

  • Emily - I always used to strive to be the last to leave the party too…but now? I’m usually too tired to stay that late! As for spring break and NO PLANS, that’s us too. Big Dude doesn’t have break until next week and the other two dudes have it this week, so I’m pretty much screwed. :) Of course, with two teenagers who like to sleep and do nothing and one dude who will gladly play his xbox all day, I’m in the position of trying to make them do SOMETHING over this break!
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    • Kristi Campbell - Emily! I love that you used to be the last at a party and that you have no plans for spring break. It sucks that all of the dudes have different ones though – makes it harder to figure out whether to bother going somewhere or not. Ahhh to teenagers who sleep. That’s for real, right?
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  • Kenya G. Johnson - Love the karate video. He’s trying and looks like he wants to get it. I feel guilty at moments when I hang with Christopher before bed sometimes because I am thinking ahead to when I’m not in there and sometimes I don’t hear what he’s saying. And sometimes it makes me so sleepy to hang with him for those last few minutes that I’m ready to go to bed myself. I wish I could stay up until the house was quiet but my husband can stay up forever watching tv then he wants me to watch too. Anyhoo – it’s natural – no need to feel guilty about be excited for time to yourself. But I feel you on wanting to be there at bedtime so you don’t have to answer a 3am call.
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    • Kristi Campbell - Kenya,
      He’s SO trying. He didn’t want to go tonight because the other kids know more. They’ve been doing it for longer and don’t have some of his constraints. I told him that if he went, we’d go to Chipolte afterwards and the whole way there, he was faking counting to 10 in Korean (you have to know how to get the white or yellow belt – not sure which).
      I get what you mean about feeling so sleepy in bed with the kiddo. That’s part of my problem. I feel guilty that I don’t just go to sleep when I want to but well, yeah. You know.
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  • Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly - Yay for sunshine! We had a few rays of it coming through the dark clouds, casting this very eerie light. Love the “burp”- comment! Absolutely awesome!! And congrats to you for taking part in this project and enjoying the party. Off to bed for me now! Have a great week!
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  • Elizabeth - He looks so cute! So glad you are simply enjoying your time with him. I love spending time with my son. :-)
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  • Tamara - Burp is a terrible thing about kindergarten! I agree.
    I have spring break plans for you. Drive to MA. I can’t promise you spring weather but we do special free photography sessions for extra cuties.
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  • Julie Christine Stoian - Mom guilt is so pervasive and awful. I don’t get to kiss my kids every night at bed and I’ve really struggled through it. You are such a good mom, and VERY hard on yourself. xoxMarch 30, 2015 – 6:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Ohmygosh, Tucker’s art is AMAZING!!! He’s doing such a great job! And the thumbs up from the TKD teacher? Way to go, Tucker!

    Yeah, I know about the trade-off of your own desires for some peace at night…or to sleep through the night!!! Sleep throughs seem to be pretty rare around here of late. Boo to that. Yay to you!
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  • Clark Scottroger - …and the problem with ‘BURP’ is? Clearly we are entering the ‘fun with words for body functions’ stage! (which eventually will be replaced by the ‘fun of discovering swear words with your friends’).
    Hell, I’ll take a ‘not bad’ from pretty much anyone I encounter during daylight hours, never mind from an instructor in the world of martial arts! (having the done martial, I will attest to how much we (students) would value a ‘not bad’…)March 30, 2015 – 8:49 pmReplyCancel

  • ivy - Not bad at all! AND wow! He is getting to be a good printer! Nice letters Tucker! Spring break… was always such a challenge to find stuff every day… I never understood those moms who prefer summer vacation to school…. I thought maybe they were stay at home moms and had more time… I like to fool myself that way!
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  • My Inner Chick - I’m thankful for several things.
    One, which is “You.”

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  • Deborah Lovel Bryner - Krist, I am thankful that my 26 year old autistic daughter was with me yesterday when we attended the funeral of a dear friend. I was surprised also because my Kate does NOT do funerals as a rule…she’s had to be present at too many in her young life. But this friend was someone she knew well from our church and he meant a lot to her…which also surprised me and is something else for which I am grateful. Grateful for those dear heart-friends who love my child almost as much as I do. Kate remembers those friends. I am also grateful that my daughter is back in school and thriving. School is hard for her, but she has a good program and I am grateful for that as well. I am grateful for the loving support of a church family who believe in me as a parent and my daughter as a person of intrinsic worth. I am grateful that I work at a university and have a flexible schedule so that when my daughter has a medical emergency, there is never a question of priorities. I am grateful that my boss is generous in his understanding of my complicated, crazy life, and that he is a good friend as well. I am thankful that my husband Paul is my ROCK and my anchor and supports me always. I am blessed. And I am grateful that I have encountered you, Kristi! Thanks for sharing your walk with your Superhero Tucker…March 31, 2015 – 6:24 pmReplyCancel

  • La Dale Reina Johnson - I’m off to write a thankful list. It was so good seeing you Saturday night!April 1, 2015 – 3:10 amReplyCancel

  • Roshni - Enjoy your spring break! Ours is next week and we’ve made these humongous long drive plans *shudder*
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  • Camille - My Kindergartener is getting better with her writing too, I’m so proud! Isn’t it amazing how much they learn in this first year of school?
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  • Christine Carter - Aw! I get those ‘leave early so you can get home to be with my kid’ desires and dare I say needs!? I *STILL* miss my kids so so much when I’m away from them, and hate to throw off their schedules or miss anything of theirs… especially the nighttime good nights. There’s just something really maternal about that…

    I do hope you managed to hang in there through spring break, at home and with work and busy hubs too!! We stayed home and did pretty much nothing but hang- played countless games of chess with the kids, watched them play volleyball outside one nice day, and Derek took them to see “Home” and out to lunch. Pretty low key week. I’m SO grateful my kids didn’t once even complain about not going anywhere or not doing anything special. Whew! I’m proud of them.April 5, 2015 – 3:40 amReplyCancel

  • A Morning Grouch - Thankful for spring break! And for finding you and some of my other fave bloggers. I’m not out and about in the blogosphere as much as I should (?) be – but you and so many others inspire me. BURP. lol. Loved that.April 9, 2015 – 1:51 amReplyCancel

Visit my house, and it’s pretty obvious that I don’t like chores. Laundry is handled by my husband, and the spurt of motivation that I got last week to list All Unused Baby Things on Craig’s List is evident in the unpurchased items clogging my family room. “Let’s sell them and get money,” I thought. […]

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  • Allie - Two things – one, I am in the same boat with the selling and Craigslist – there got to be some money back, right? Please? As for he blank space, I get it, I do. And I don’t’ think that Tucker is thinking that those boys will make fun of him, I really don’t. I think he’s smart, because very often – scooters do hurt! Bear has a few scars from one (probably because I was riding it with him). But when you order that scooter…be sure to order the helmet! For real.March 26, 2015 – 10:10 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - YES to the money! I have a highchair that I paid $400 for!! OMG I know. Must be worth SOMETHING yes??? I will order the helmet. We have two unused helmets (craig’s list???) from when I thought he’d be into riding a bike and a trike. He hasn’t been. Oh and another we sent to school so that in gym he’d have his own because LICE>
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  • Dana - Blank spaces…hmmm. I think we are filling them in all the time – with our kids, our spouses, our friends, ourselves. That space between what our kids say and what they mean. That’s what I think of, anyway – and that may be completely different than what you meant. But this got me thinking.

    And on the topic of chores, I like to think that a dusty home is a happy home!
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    • Kristi Campbell - No, you’re right – that’s what I meant and I did a crap job of saying so. Going to edit this now. Too rushed. Too whatever. And here’s to dust = happy. Until the cleaning ladies see it. That’s when I have to leave the house.
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  • Kenya G. Johnson - Awww Christopher was cautious and Tucker probably means what he said. But he is willing to try. Christopher finally got the hang of it when two feet were too big to have on it at once. As for the dirt there’s been lots of it this week. Though I’ve sent him straight to the shower when he comes in at 6:00 I love it that he and kids are enjoying outside like we did when we were little.March 26, 2015 – 10:24 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - He tries the kid’s scooters but he’s really too big for them. The kids are 2 years younger and Tucker is 2 years taller than his own self… but he wants to so I’m looking. So far, I haven’t found it and YES to loving the outside the way we did when we were little!!! My mom had us outside all day long.
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  • Sarah - Two wheels in the front. That’s the kind you want. Offers more stability, though steering is more tricky. And yes, I watched a TWO year old zoom around on a scooter the other day and felt envious of his mother. As for chores, no way. I mean, sometimes I remember to ask them to clear their plates to the kitchen, and I ask they help put their toys away. But compared to what I was expected to do at that age? Sometimes I think it’s the times too, but it’s also just what’s feasible for us.
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    • Kristi Campbell - Hey Sarah where did you find the 2 wheels in front one? I’ve seen some pics but not a good place to buy one. I don’t mind spending some money on it – he has a trike that was never ridden and I think he’d do this – based on his fun with the neighbor’s but ???
      UGH to the 2 year old. Also scary though. The mom here lets her son zoom on the street. It’s a slow street but still Tucker will be zooming on the sidewalks (I hope).
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  • Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - Hmm…the spaces in between. The chores left alone because life is more important. I think Dana’s right – we all fill in those spaces and the dusty home means we’re busy doing life. I truly do.
    When we did our great Clean and Purge over the summer, I found myself crying over a toy or two of Zilla’s. It was by far time to give away some of the things, but oh the spaces my mind filled in as we packed them away!March 26, 2015 – 10:50 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - You cried over Zilla’s toys??? That makes me FEEL SO MUCH BETTER! My husband asked about the baby bjorn bouncie seat. I was all NO WAY. But then, the why? Just because he loved it so much then doesn’t mean I need it now. But it also feels like somebody should want it enough to pay for it, or something. Thank you for getting it!
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  • Emily - I know I shouldn’t be fixated on this, but your husband does the laundry?! I thought I had it good with mine who cooks, but laundry? Now I’m jealous! And just so you know, I fill in the blank spaces with ALL my kids –even my teenagers…
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  • Nicki - How beautifully “this cluttered life of ours” contrasts with the blank spaces. Love love love. Your words. Your thoughts. That you’re thinking of this. <3
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  • Janine Huldie - Aw, I love the blank spaces you filled in here. And by the way, I hate chores and have a laptop I need to list on Craiglist that I keep procrastinating about if it makes you feel any better!March 27, 2015 – 2:07 amReplyCancel

  • Lizzi Rogers - Blank spaces are tricky. You’re doing your best, and that’s all anyone could ask.March 27, 2015 – 2:27 amReplyCancel

  • April Grant - I have so many things cluttering that I need to list on Craigslist or swip swap or any of the other numerous places I should go to make just a few dollars yet empty my house. Yet it sits there with excuses. Soon though. Soon.March 27, 2015 – 6:48 amReplyCancel

  • Sandy Ramsey - I worry too little about the blank spaces. Maybe too little. I am really rethinking my priorites today and this post hit the mark. I spend so much time trying to declutter my physical spaces and I think that I’ve ignored, or at least put off, the mental and emotional ones for far too long.
    There’s a story behind it and I’m sure I’ll be telling it but in the meantime this is just the reminder I needed.
    Beautiful, as always!
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    • Kristi Campbell - I don’t think you worry about the blank spaces too little. I think I worry about them too much. Howz about we trade? You come declutter my physical spaces and I’ll do free totally untrained and worthless decluttering of your head? ;)
      Ok maybe a bad idea.
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  • Scott - Blank spaces seem to be the only type I have. What I would give for a little clarity. Sigh…

    As for Tucker and his scooter, I would think he’s not so much afraid of other kids making fun of him as much as he is actually afraid of physically getting hurt. I know that though terrified me when I was learning to ride a bike, so I started out in the yard so that I’d fall into the grass when I inevitably fell.
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    • Kristi Campbell - It scared me to get hurt, too, when learning to ride a bike, so maybe you’re right. He does seem to care a bit that “they can do it and I can’t” which is maybe the point of my blank space worries. Or maybe I’m totally off. Also a dumb post that I so need to edit but when? It’s 12:42am. ugh. Thanks, TD. Scott. TD.
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  • Anna Fitfunner - I’m not sure that Tucker’s blank spaces are so related to what other kids might think of him. They might be, because I don’t know Tucker nearly as well as you know him, but a lot of kids on the spectrum aren’t worried about social situations. For me, I’d expect that he is just worried that he might fall down. In which case, you can just pick him up, dust him off, and get him scootering again! My oldest was not nearly as verbal as Tucker is at 5 years old, but we kept pushing him to explore his world. Autism can hold back a child, but it does not have to limit what they learn to do and enjoy!! Good luck with the scootering!March 27, 2015 – 10:02 amReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Filling in the blank spaces with love – how can anyone go wrong with that! :-D
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  • Kerri - Oh I love your words, there are way too many blank spaces in our lives but you fill those spaces with love and dedication that IN PUBLIC falls will be as minimal as possible. Which is incredible. On the chore front, UGH. Even Abby doesn’t have “chores” other than routine. I battle it all the time, this feeling that I cooked dinner at her age but it is easier for me to cook now than to teach her. And forget educational after school. To me that is what the teachers are paid for and hell they worked so hard for to fill those blank spaces let’s play now!
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  • Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom - I’m glad you spent the time looking up scooters rather than cleaning clutter or washing. And I’ll be happy thinking of you watching him outside trying to scooter or playing in the dirt rather than thinking of you inside cleaning clutter or washing.
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  • Kelly L McKenzie - I remember my son’s reluctance to learn to ride his bike. The big two wheeler. All of his friends had been riding “training wheels” free for years. We went to the deserted parking lot behind a school and he practised and fell and practised and fell. It seemed to take forever but he finally got it. My heart goes out to you Kristi. May you find the right scooter for T amongst the scooter options. And that clutter? I always remember a friend telling me “your kids won’t remember how clean your house was, but they’ll remember what you did with them.” I love (and live) that.
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    • Kristi Campbell - I remember practicing and falling too – my dad, holding onto the seat behind me and all of a sudden, he wasn’t there. I realized it, and fell, but after that? Totally flew. Mostly. I love your quote about kids not remembering how clean the house was but remembering what you did with them.
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  • Kim - If I lived closer I would scooter with y’all and then Tucker could laugh at me when I fall since it would happen a lot!!
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  • Lisa @ Golden Spoons - I suck at chores. I haven’t found a “system” that works with my kids and then I get ticked off that they don’t do anything. They are slobs. Seriously.

    I think we all have blank spaces, too, in any relationship. I love the idea of Tucker zooming down he street on a scooter with a giant smile on his face. But, I his fear – if it is indeed fear. My 7 year old can barely ride a bike without training wheels. She’s tried. She’s scared of falling. Sometimes we all have to fall – and let the ones we love fall -in order to experience something new. :-)
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  • Tamara - I was watching kids zoom like crazy on scooters yesterday – like up stairs!
    They were ten, though.
    That taunt would make Scarlet cry, “I don’t have to go to school today!” She misses preschool.
    I suck at all chores equally!
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  • Chris Carter - oh it’s SO hard to give up those sacred items that bring us all those memories and HOLD them all too… I get it.

    And I get the inability to sell the damn things too. UGH.

    Blank spaces. I like that. There are many, aren’t there?

    And I think sometimes we fill them in wrong. We mistake the blank spaces for something else, when perhaps the thoughts we conjured up in our heads don’t actually match the thoughts in the other’s.

    Lots of blank spaces… left to our imagination. Some need to stay that way, and perhaps others? Need to be filled accurately.

    LOVE that idea.
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    • Kristi Campbell - I think you’re right about sometimes filling in the blank spaces with the wrong things, Chris, like assuming somebody is angry or something when really they are just reflecting or hurting or lost in their own blank spaces.
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  • Marcia @ Menopausal Mother - I think it’s wonderful that you’re going to go ahead and give him the chance to try the scooter–when he feels ready to do it. That way it will be his choice and make him feel more comfortable because he will be the decision maker on this. You’re such a good mom! xo
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  • Kirstenjill Hudkins Robbins - Probably the wrong things to pick up on, but my takeaways were “dayum, her man does laundry?” and “those neighborhood kids are little a-holes.” T is just fine, mom. And so are you. Have fun scootering!!!March 28, 2015 – 5:13 amReplyCancel

  • Michelle AKA Crumpets and Bollocks - I think it’s a good idea to get him that scooter. Just remind him that falling down is part of the learning, and if the other kids make fun of him for it, just scream, “Whatever. Your mom couldn’t do any better.” Meanwhile, I’m glad I’m not the only one who totally avoids my chores to do things for my kids. When he grows up, he’s not going to remember, “My awesome mom gave away my baby clothes to goodwill,” no he’s going to remember, “My awesome mom got me that scooter I was afraid to try.” We only live once, and we want to be good memories to our children. You know? So basically I’m saying I have mounds of baby clothes. Every time I start to sort through it, rewashing it for the gazillionth time to give away, my kids dump it in dirty clothes to use the box for something. My bedroom is covered in dirty clothes and clean clothes on the floor, so bad I’m afraid to get a kitten. It might get sucked into the abyss of clothes never to be seen again.
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  • My Inner Chick - ****I’m also thinking about the Blank Spaces. Those filled with love, and those filled with the unsaid.***

    I just fucking love you.

    That’s all.

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  • Allison carter - YES to dirt – and blank space are ok – and I am so glad you googled scooters – and yes, all kids fly someday. ALL OF THEM. I know this, because I flew as a kid.
    I love.
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