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Comfy in the Country

By Diane Stark

Comfy in the Country

“Are you sure about this?” My friend Erin asked me when I flashed my new engagement ring and announced that I would be moving from the Chicago suburbs to a rural community in southern Indiana. “You’re really going to move to a teeny tiny town nobody’s ever heard of?” “Why not?” I said with a […]

A Good (Enough) Moment

By Diane Stark

A Good (Enough) Moment

“Nathan, be careful when you open that,” I cautioned my five-year-old son – three seconds too late. “Uh oh,” Nathan said, holding an empty chicken nugget box and pointing to his lunch, which was now on the floor. He grimaced. “Sorry, Mommy.” I sighed and bit my tongue. I’d just picked Nathan up from preschool […]

More than Words

By Diane Stark

More than Words

“Four tickets to Return of the Jedi, please,” Mom told the movie theatre clerk. “It’s nearly sold out,” she said. “You probably won’t be able to sit together.” “That’s OK. My son is going to see this movie even if I have to stand up in the back of the theatre.” The clerk smiled. “You’re […]

Summer Camp – for Grown-ups

I was 15 and utterly miserable. I had devoted my entire summer to becoming a counselor at the Christian summer camp I’d attended as a child. It was something I’d always wanted to do, but before I could become a counselor, I had to spend three weeks at the “camp” across the lake. It was […]

The Amazing Invisible Mom

“I could hardly believe it when that lady nearly backed into us in the grocery store parking lot,” I griped to my children. “I have a million things to do today, and I did not have time for a car wreck.” The kids nodded, but I could tell they weren’t really listening. They were sitting […]

Our All Included Cruise

“So we rented a fifteen-passenger van and the eleven of us are driving from Indiana to Miami,” I explained to a friend about our impending spring break trip. “Are you kidding me? How did you let this happen?” She shook her head. “It sounds like a train wreck.” I shrugged. “I know the drive down […]

A Miracle Mile Miracle

By Diane Stark

A Miracle Mile Miracle

“I’m ditching school tomorrow,” I announced proudly to my friends at the lunch table in our high school’s cafeteria. Their eyes grew wide, and who could blame them? This was big news. My friends and I were part of the Honor Society Set. Not exactly the kids who skipped school. “You are?” One friend asked. […]

Feeling Ten Feet Tall

By Diane Stark

Feeling Ten Feet Tall

“Daddy, can we give Mommy her present now? Please…” My three-year-old son, Nathan, begged. He looked at me and sing-songed, “You’re gonna like your present.” My husband Eric grinned. “All right, Nathan, go get your brothers and sisters. We’ll let Mommy open her present.” Nine-year-old Julia came downstairs first. “Mommy, we made you a list […]

Finally Organized?

By Diane Stark

Finally Organized?

I’m always looking for the next big thing. In organizational tools, that is. I’m a sucker for containers that will supposedly organize my stuff. I love to buy school supplies that I think might help me become more organized so I can get more writing done. (Recently I found a purse-size notebook with a pen […]

Old News

By Diane Stark

Old News

“Oh, Honey, I’m so sorry,” my sister said, hugging me. “We’re all still in shock.” She was in shock? I was the one whose marriage had just fallen apart. I was in my parents’ basement, trying to survive our first family gathering since my not-so-happy announcement. More hugs. More sympathetic looks. I knew they meant […]

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