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My Dad keeps us afloat

June 19, 2022

My Dad keeps us afloat. It’s a very difficult job, but somebody has to do it! Always the caregiver, Dad, constantly goes about making sure that everything gets done for us.  Property management is his forte.  🙂  When things get tough, he is apt to hand us a $20 bill, or start doing some task to help, under mom’s direction, anything to restore our happiness. If we are…

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Happy Memorial Day 2022!

May 30, 2022

Happy Memorial Day! We celebrated in true “Cilley” style, a trip up to Back Lake, in Pittsburgh, New Hampshire.  It’s a family tradition. It was a bit different this year.  It was just Sam and me, no Tyler or Jacob.  Tyler is interning in Michigan this summer at a very large cucumber farm.  Jacob’s high school lacrosse team was in a big sectionals game.    So, off we went…

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Taking my mother with me

May 8, 2022

In my household, I have a saying, “Know what you want to take with you, know what you want to leave behind.” If I could bring my mother with me, I would. For this Mother’s Day, I wanted to make a list of all the characteristics that I strive to take with me, from my mother.  I attribute so much of how well my kids are doing today,…

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A Boy Mom’s “Prom”

April 10, 2022

On this morning after prom, I am here to say that I think it’s much easier to be the mother of a boy during these occasions. Not nearly as stressful as what it is on the girl side. Mothers of boys spend their “day of” cleaning vehicles, reminding their boys to wash behind their ears, and then attach the boutonnière to their lapel.  We give them a quick once…

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Here are my 3 Valentines

February 13, 2022

Here are my 3 Valentine’s! Tyler, Jacob, and Sam. To be honest, Valentine’s Day is a day that I am challenged with.  Not because I don’t believe in telling people that you love them, but because I know, for just as many people who are feeling the love today, many more are feeling just the opposite, very unloved.  It makes me sad. Maybe today, you should consider showing…

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Basketball on a cold winter’s night

February 6, 2022

I love watching my kids play basketball. Every year, it gets more fun as they grow, change, and all of the kids get better and better at working together as a team. It’s a culture also, an institution of going to games every Friday night in the dark winter months.  Truly, it helps me get through the bitter cold. The games are about sitting in the same spot…

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The Routines of an Office Dog

January 30, 2022

This week, Trixie helped me put together a video for the Morning Ag Clips. She played with her toy squirrel in the office and tried fervently to work on a new trick with Margaret..but failed.  She got too anxious and started to bark.  Marg did not reward her sassy behavior. It’s very hard being an office dog.  🙂 But so special to us! She provides much-needed love…and daily…

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My First Taste of Coffee

January 23, 2022

Walking down to Nan’s house when I was 5, it was my first taste of freedom…and coffee.  My mother stood at our house and watched me walk down Iron Works Road to my grandparent’s house.  My grandmother on the other end, watching me come to her. My sisters, too little to go, were still napping.  I felt so big. When I arrived, Nan and I would go into…

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Here comes responsibility

January 2, 2022

Good Morning!  Happy New Year! From my family to yours 🙂 This is what I am thinking about today: Responsibility.  Specifically, how it is going to carry us through the new year. I am going to go back to New Years Day when a friend of mine brought to my attention an observation that they made.  I was very calm, allowing my 16-year-old to chauffeur my 12 and 19-year-old…

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It’s time to rest

December 23, 2021

Happy Holidays!!!  Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! I am writing to you to wish you and your family a happy “holiday season.”   As much as it is fun, it is also full of stress.  🙂 Really, it wouldn’t be the holidays if it didn’t have its challenges. As I sit here on this 23rd day of December, an hour after my last Christmas present was purchased, I…