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Dear Nate (on your first day of 8th grade)-
Dear Nate (on your first day of 8th grade)-

Thank you, sir, for this Summer of Ping Pong.  The hundreds of games we played together (ping! pong! ping! pong!) set the summer tone. You are bouncing between…

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ByChristinaAug 25, 2023
Dear Elisabeth (on your first day of 10th grade)…
Dear Elisabeth (on your first day of 10th grade)…

Dear Elisabeth (on your first day of 10th grade)… Today, two of your teachers announced that theirs is the hardest class in high school. For the rest of us,…

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ByChristinaAug 23, 2023
5 Tips for Staying at a Vacation Rental
5 Tips for Staying at a Vacation Rental

Before you book a VRBO or AirBnB, here are 5 lessons we’ve learned as owners. 1. Read the Reviews (Carefully) Everyone reads the reviews before they book. But…

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ByChristinaJul 10, 2023
4 Reasons Your Teen Needs Camp
4 Reasons Your Teen Needs Camp

A month ago, our daughter Catie left for her summer at Camp Lone Star. She’s serving as a counselor. We’re happy for her to have this unique, wonderful…

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ByChristinaJun 19, 2023
Welcome to Our Family’s Favorite Place
Welcome to Our Family’s Favorite Place

Please excuse the over-the-top passion in this love letter. I’m a local, a writer, and in-love with this island. This little sandbar has given so much to our…

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ByChristinaMar 16, 2023
Five Reasons You Should Plan a Women’s Retreat
Five Reasons You Should Plan a Women’s Retreat

This year, I’ve traveled over thousands of miles, all over the United States, to lead women’s retreats. Every place I go, I see the same need. Women are starving…

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ByChristinaMar 14, 2023
Indeed: 40 Days of Noticing
Indeed: 40 Days of Noticing

Maybe it’s just me. But lately? My first reaction is to be cynical. Or bitter. Or weary. This is a change and I don’t quite know what’s caused…

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ByChristinaFeb 22, 2023
HoCo X2
HoCo X2

Truths I learned from our freshmen twins & their first Homecoming…  Some things change. After Catie’s four Homecomings, I kind of felt like a Homecoming veteran. I am…

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ByChristinaOct 19, 2022
A Prayer for my Daughter, as She Starts College…
A Prayer for my Daughter, as She Starts College…

Dear God, First, Lord, thanks for letting us get this far.  Thanks for keeping her safe—through the years of croup, and riding her bike to the park alone,…

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ByChristinaAug 26, 2022