Mother’s Day and All the Complicated Emotions With It

Complicated emotions abound this Mother’s Day. I am a mom, so this day is for me. The only problem is the realization that it has always been 25% about me and 75% about my mom on this day. I enjoy celebrating the love I have for my mom; celebrating our amazing relationship. So May 10th, … Continue reading Mother’s Day and All the Complicated Emotions With It

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Our Favorite Scripture Passages to Encourage Moms

As moms, we are going to have rough days. Maybe we feel like we were too harsh with our kids, or maybe we wish we had more money to send them to that private school, or maybe we are just exhausted from staying up all night with a sick toddler. At one time or another, … Continue reading Our Favorite Scripture Passages to Encourage Moms

To the Mom with the Struggling Child – I See You

The most challenging part of motherhood to date is watching my child struggle. I am not referring to minor frustrations and difficulties, but challenges that permeate all areas of life. For our family, the struggle includes a long list of mental health challenges that cause issues at school and home. We lived on a roller … Continue reading To the Mom with the Struggling Child – I See You

Lamenting the Last While Celebrating the First

Motherhood is a celebration of firsts. We wait with anticipation for the first smile, laugh, and steps.  The list goes on and on.  What we talk about less often is that motherhood is also filled with a series of lasts. The last moments often go by unnoticed, just a blip on the radar of our … Continue reading Lamenting the Last While Celebrating the First

Why We Need the Family Job Chart

Five people live in our beautiful house. Five people and all of their stuff fill every corner of our beautiful house. Five people also wear clothes, use dishes, take showers, and brush their teeth in this beautiful house. Because five people contribute to the clutter and mess, five people should participate in keeping the house … Continue reading Why We Need the Family Job Chart

How to Keep your Sanity in the Land of Picky Eaters

We have three children with very different tastes, attitudes, and opinions on food. I am the one and only mom who plans, shops for, and cooks all the meals in our house. We also have one Daddy who eats what I make no matter what and gives his opinion on the meal when asked. Much … Continue reading How to Keep your Sanity in the Land of Picky Eaters

Beginning a New Season of Motherhood

Today marked the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. My two girls started 7th and 2nd grade. Both girls were in new spaces with new teachers, one middle school and the other a lower elementary classroom. In our cozy Montessori environment, new classrooms are a huge deal. Change does not take place every year … Continue reading Beginning a New Season of Motherhood

“You Must Wear Deodorant” and Other Awkward Mom Talks

When I looked into my baby’s adorable sweet face, I never imagined all the awkward and bizarre conversations we would have.  There should be a manual preparing you for the job of warden ruling over personal hygiene and matching clothes. Why does it take more than one conversation? Come sweet children please just tow the … Continue reading “You Must Wear Deodorant” and Other Awkward Mom Talks

Raising Girls and Body Image

Raising Girls is a joy.  I really mean it.  My girls are full of energy, creative, caring, empathetic, and generally tons of fun.  Raising girls is also tricky.  (I am sure raising boys is tricky as well, but my little man is only four and I don’t have a list of the tricky parts yet.) … Continue reading Raising Girls and Body Image

My Life with Migraine Headaches

Have you ever noticed that people use the term migraine as a description?  People say things like this project is giving me a migraine or my kids are so crazy today I am getting a migraine. It is as if it is a descriptive term for stress and overwhelm. While stress and overwhelm can indeed … Continue reading My Life with Migraine Headaches