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Expecting Decadence

By Diane Stark

Expecting Decadence

I grew up in a large family where family vacations were a big deal. We went somewhere every single summer, but because there were six of us, we drove everywhere we went: In our green station wagon with the wood paneling on the sides. One summer, we drove from Indiana to New Mexico to visit […]

A Better Version of Myself

“I can’t believe the summer is almost over already,” my kids and I lament every August. “And we didn’t do anything we wanted to do,” we say. Somehow, year after year, the summer months just seem to slip through our fingers, and we’re left feeling like we should have had done more, seen more and […]

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 […]

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