Author: Lauri

Remembering the Son I Never Knew

Most years I let my son’s due date come and go without mention. We celebrate him on the day he was actually born, as reality is different than what was to have been. He was due April 30th, 2009 and would have been 8 years old today. I imagine him playing baseball and Legos. In my heart I believe he was a little more like his older brother than his younger one. Quiet and thoughtful, rather than boisterous and outgoing. I imagine he would have loved books and movies just like his Mama and he would have done well...

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Bunnies, Peeps, & Lies I Told My Kid

“Mom, is the Easter Bunny real?” Shut the front door! No! No, no, no, nooooo! I am not ready for him to ask this question. He is nine. My sweet boy is nine years old. I am so thankful that we’ve made it this far into his childhood and kept the magic of Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny alive and flowing. I should be grateful. I should look into his sweet blue eyes, and tell him the truth. We believe in God. We teach our kids what these holidays are really about and we teach...

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For the Love of the Game

I wish I loved every sport as much as I love baseball. There is something quintessentially clean and perfect about the game that speaks to me like no other. The line of the bases, the line up of the hitters. The angle of the bat to the ball. Even the dust as it flies off a glove on a hot day thrills me. It is a game of relationships. Infield to outfield, pitcher to batter, first to second to third, to home. The ball thrown to second with a quick turn to first, the grace in the dance of...

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9 & 1/2 Things I Learned at My Kid’s College Orientation

All across the country little birds are leaving the nest, aka high school grads heading off to college. This week, we took our own daughter to her college orientation. I won’t lie, it wasn’t easy. From week to week, my feelings about this whole life event change. This week I was on the “get the F*#$  out of my house” train, but when they flashed, “Welcome to Your Kid’s New Home, the University From Which She’ll Never Call You” on the screen in the opening program, I nearly lost my mind. Starving toddlers who missed naptime have wailed with...

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5 Things I Hate About Summer

Summertime is magic. Every spring we start to look forward to longer days and warmer weather. Kids get jumpy, anxious for the days of no school, later bedtimes and all day freedom to just be kids! Moms are ready to give up the carpool, stop making separate packed lunches, and suspend the nightly homework checks. Let’s face it, though. Not everything about summer is really all glitz and glam, is it? We aren’t all staring out of the pages of a glossy parenting magazine. Sometimes, summer just gets old. These are a few things that aren’t so glorious about...

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Lauri Walker, “Mama”

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