A Prayer for the Discouraged Blogger

Blogging. It seems so fun and innocent when you say it. It’s kind of even a cute word. Until you start it, then it can seem anything but cute. It can seem like the boogeyman. The thing that brings you as much pleasure as it does pain. So just what is blogging to you? A […]

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6 Ways Putting Children to Bed is the Same as Training for a Marathon 

The other day a friend asked me, “Would you ever be interested in running a marathon with me?” And before I could emphatically scream NO—in Spanish, French and Italian for added fervor— she began to describe the 18-week training program she had in mind. But as she talked, I came to a shocking realization: I […]

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Enjoy the Phase You’re In

The other day I pulled up to my house and saw my son’s red tricycle sitting on my front porch. It was so cute and cliche, if it hadn’t been my house I probably would’ve said, “Oh, look. They must have little kids. I wonder how old they are…” But I didn’t. Instead, I turned […]

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I Want to Be More Than Just Mom

A few weeks ago, I took my children to an indoor jump place to meet up with a friend. As I stood there surrounded by screaming kids in a petri dish of madness, I found myself in conversation with a grandfather who was there with his grand kids. As we stood there, he told me […]

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A Bad Moment Doesn’t Make You A Bad Mom–And Don’t Forget It

Buzz. My phone vibrates with a new text. I look down and read. “Oh my gosh. You’re never going to believe what M did last night! She ate the freaking chapstick again and I lost it! I mean who eats chapstick? Apparently my daughter. And I just went ape. #momfail #worstmomever #willsheeverforgiveme This is followed […]

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5 Ways to Make This Valentine’s Day One to Remember With Your Spouse

Do you remember what you did last Valentine’s Day? Did you get a chocolate heart? Roses? Jewelry? Did you go on a date? Hire a sitter? Or stay home and watch a movie with the kids? Did the night stick out in your memory? Or are you still sitting trying to remember what you did […]

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5 Ways to Talk Politics Without Fighting

Religion and politics. The two things we are taught to avoid talking about at all costs. Yet how sad it is that we are to avoid talking about what makes us feel most passionate. Because passion is what drives us to live a meaningful life. Right? Which is why its so hard to keep our passion contained. And […]

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Everything I Need to Know About My Need for God, I Learned From My Baby

Everything I Need to Know About My Need for God, I Learned from My Baby…a mini blog This is my youngest son, and I don’t mean to brag, but he thinks I’m pretty amazing. (Bless his baby heart…) He’s recently learned to crawl, and he loves to go off on his own and explore. But […]

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Mom, Don’t Box Me In

“Quick. The boys are all distracted. I have to talk to you.” I said this as I hurriedly pulled my husband into our closet before bursting into tears after returning from yet another unsuccessful swim lesson with our oldest son Zane. “He’s never going to swim. He’s just one of those kids that can’t do […]

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