And exhale

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She competed (and won) at Nationals. He had a major tournament. He secured a teaching job for 2018/19. She graduated from St. Olaf college. He competed at the state championships. He graduated from high school. We threw a party. And this morning, as I write this, I feel like I can finally exhale. It’s like that scene in Jerry McGuire, … Read More

Cathy ZielskeAnd exhale


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This magical human is 22 today. Oh, my. Time, you so crazy. Right now, 22 years ago, I was staring at an IV in my arm, waiting for that Pitocin to kick in so we could get this show on the road. And seriously, what a glorious show it has been and continues to be. My girlie is spring breaking … Read More

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Trips, Sports and a Fuller Nest

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My girl is home for the summer. There are only so many more summers that I can type out that sentence. And while I realize that is part of the flow of life—birth, growth, leave the nest—I am soaking in this time possibly more than at any other time before. It’s good to have the whole family under one roof. … Read More

Cathy ZielskeTrips, Sports and a Fuller Nest

Middle Aged Mama: Why Cards Make So Much Sense

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An online friend posted the other day, “…card making is where it’s at for those of us whose kids are past that stage where you can make enough scrapbook pages about them to satisfy our need to CREATE.” I think there’s a lot of truth in that statement. My kids aren’t really kids anymore. My daughter is 21. She’s a … Read More

Cathy ZielskeMiddle Aged Mama: Why Cards Make So Much Sense

Back to school

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Today I take this young woman back to school for her junior year. It’s much less bittersweet as a) we’ve done this before and b) she loves where she goes to school. Oh, and c) she’s only an hour away. I was looking at her the other day and trying to remember what it was like when she was in … Read More

Cathy ZielskeBack to school

Stories from the Weekend

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It was a sublimely gorgeous weekend here in the Upper Midwest. Crisp air and bright blue skies made for a delicious set of Fall days. The other thing that made it awesome? Aidan came home for a one-night visit which was just plain lovely. On Saturday morning, I took the just under 1-hour trip down to Northfield and headed up to … Read More

Cathy ZielskeStories from the Weekend

Make a Page Monday, Digital Layout plus a peek at a new e-course coming soon

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STORY OF THE PAGE: Just over a week ago, we dropped our girl off for her sophomore year of college. (Read more about that here.) I was inspired to design a 12 x 12 template, then convert it to 8.5 x 11 for inclusion in Aidan’s album. I feel like this is definitely a scrapworthy occasion, the whole moving into your … Read More

Cathy ZielskeMake a Page Monday, Digital Layout plus a peek at a new e-course coming soon

So that happened

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Dropping them off for the second year is easier. That said, we dropped our daughter off for her second year of college at a new college and so there are aspects of it that feel very similar to Year One. Last year, I felt such a loss of energy in my life during those first few days back home after leaving her … Read More

Cathy ZielskeSo that happened

Present Participle List for September 2015

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Preparing to pack up my girl for her sophomore year of college. (Photo above taken in 2008.) She’s transferring to a small private college about an hour out of town. We’re so excited to see how the year unfolds for her. Last year’s experience with big university life wasn’t a good fit for her and if there was ever a … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for September 2015

What it’s like to grow up on a blog, a thoughtful essay by Aidan Zielske

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Toward the end of Aidan’s senior year, I was very conscious of expressing my gratitude to her for letting me share so many stories about her over the years. I’ve tried to respect how much to share, especially as she started to navigate that tricky space called adolescence. Over the summer I asked her if she’d ever consider sharing her … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWhat it’s like to grow up on a blog, a thoughtful essay by Aidan Zielske