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Diane Stark

Confessions of a Baby Addict

Just days before my youngest son was born, I was out shopping and I spotted an absolute must-have for our family’s newest addition. It was a little blue onesie that read, “Mommy’s New Man.” I laughed so hard that I actually had a contraction or two. (They weren’t enough to actually do anything, but they […]

DNA Stands for "Does Not Apply," Well, Maybe…

“How would you guys feel if we got married?” Eric and I asked our children in early 2007. Our his-and-hers kids, whose ages ranged from 12 to 4, were thrilled. They actually happy danced. So that summer, Eric and I took the plunge. We had a small wedding, with our children as our only attendants. […]

Feeling Lucky

By Diane Stark

Feeling Lucky

“Oh, Honey, come here,” a friend of mine said, pulling me into a hug. “Last night, when I went to pick up my daughter from softball practice, I drove right by your husband’s office. His truck was still there, and it was almost 8:30. You poor thing,” she added, patting my shoulder. I nodded. “He […]

A Day in Her Shoes

By Diane Stark

A Day in Her Shoes

“Your balance is $24.86,” the grocery store clerk said. The woman’s mouth dropped open. “But I just slid my card through. I shouldn’t owe anything.” She put her hand on her hip and said, “I need to see a manager.” I fought the urge to sigh. I was the next one in line, and I […]

The Only "We" That Matters

My husband Eric and I spent last week in Hawaii. Our children stayed at home with Grandma. We spent the week relaxing on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We drove around the island in a cute little convertible, a far-cry from the seven-passenger SUV I usually drive. We sipped drinks with […]

When No One Else Will Do

“Mom, can I have some money for the Santa Shop at school?” My seven-year-old son, Jordan, asked. I sighed. As a single mom, money for non-essentials was pretty much non-existent. “Please, Mom? The Santa Shop is where all the kids go to buy Christmas presents for their families,” Jordan added hopefully. “And there’s something I […]

An Attitude of Gratitude

“Nathan did something today that neither one of my kids ever did,” my sister-in-law, Lori, said when I picked up my two-year-old son from her care. I sighed. “Oh, no, what did he do?” Lori chuckled. “It’s nothing bad, just the opposite actually. Nathan thanked me for changing his diaper.” I smiled. “Yes, he does […]

Crazy on the Inside

By Diane Stark

Crazy on the Inside

It hadn’t been a good day, and there was no sign of it getting better any time soon. As a first-year kindergarten teacher, I was scheduled to have my performance evaluation that day. Some time that day, but I didn’t know when. The principal was simply going to walk in, sit down and watch me […]

Why I Write

By Diane Stark

“Mom, I’m hungry,” says a child who got up from the dinner table precisely 16 minutes ago. “You can’t be hungry. You just ate,” mutters the overworked, overtired mother of five. “But I am hungry,” the aforementioned child insists. “New rule,” says Mom of Five. “You are not allowed to be hungry again until I’ve […]

Wanna Be Friends?

By Diane Stark

Wanna Be Friends

My To Do List and I have a love-hate relationship. Without it, I forget things. Phone calls don’t get made, and birthday cards don’t get sent. Things – sometimes important things – fall through the cracks. So I write the List because I don’t function well without it. But the truth is that I really […]

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