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October #InkRipples: Writing Is My Career(ish)

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on October 23, 2017 in Anecdote, Books, Creativity, Family, Ink Ripples, Parenting, Writing |

This month’s #Inkripples of career vs. hobby had me scratching my head. Is my writing a career or a hobby? I’m not sure. I think somewhere in between. Here’s my dilemma: I’m a stay-at-home parent who also works on the side. So family stuff is the first priority, but my main “work” (quotes because raising […]

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That Day Your Baby Starts Kindergarten

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on August 29, 2016 in Anecdote, Family, Parenting, Pictures |

I often said to The Boy, my first-born, “You’ll always be my baby.” He very sweetly indulges me in this dialogue that usually ends with a snuggle and a kiss. Of course The Boy isn’t a baby anymore. He’s off to kindergarten today, and his baby days feel a million years ago. So I ask you to […]

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Mommy’s Night Before Christmas

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on December 21, 2015 in Anecdote, Family, Holidays, Poetry |

Mommy’s Night Before Christmas by Katie L. Carroll ‘Twas the night before Christmas, the kids were in bed Anxiously awaiting the Big Man in Red; The stockings weren’t hung (we don’t have a chimney), We just set them down in front of the TV. Who am I kidding? The kids weren’t sleeping, The baby was […]

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The Dichotomy of Parenting

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on December 18, 2015 in Anecdote, Family, Parenting |

Time has a way of changing when you become a parent. The minutes tick by slowly but the years fly by in a flash. Time seems to move at glacial speed when your child is sick or misbehaving or when you have a stretch of rainy days and the dreaded boredom kicks in. The hard […]

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November Ripples in the Inkwell: Where Did My Memory Go?

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on November 9, 2015 in Anecdote, Family, Ink Ripples, Kai Strand, Mary Waibel |

November’s Ink Ripples topic is remembrance/thankfulness, and I’m taking up the latter for my post this month. I have a really good memory, at least I did until I had kids. I had heard that being a mom messes with your ability to remember stuff, but man, I didn’t expect it to mess with me […]

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