Valentine’s Day is upon us and I for one love this holiday. It’s a holiday all about telling the people closest to us that we love them and showing them in extra, tangible ways. I’ll admit, I’m a bit hard on people who are Valentine’s Day cynics. Continue reading “What To Do When The Person You Love Most, Hurts You The Worst”
I chose two words for 2018: dwell and savor. I couldn’t just pick one (and who says I have to?). Individually they describe a feeling that matters to me; together, they describe a life.
- To live as a resident; reside.
- To exist in a given place or state: dwell in joy.
- To taste or smell, especially with pleasure: savored each morsel of the feast.
- To appreciate fully; enjoy or relish: I want to savor this moment of accomplishment.
No one ever warned me that meal time would be the most contentious time of day as a mother. I’ve always heard the horror stories of bed times gone awry, but everyone failed to mention the daily struggles that can accompany trying to get your kids to eat.
For most parents I know, we’ve all shared the same meal time charade of trying to convince our kids that we don’t in fact hate them, no matter how offended they are by our plate offerings. Continue reading “My Best Tips For Getting Kids To Be Good Eaters”
I once heard someone say that if you want to know what kind a relationship a person has with God, listen to them pray – it will show you just how real the person thinks God is.
This past summer, if you were to listen to my prayers, you wouldn’t doubt my belief in God so much as my sanity. Continue reading “Let’s Have Another Baby”
2018 is almost upon us, so you know what that means. Everyone from your favorite podcasters to your yoga instructor is asking you to start setting your goals and intentions for the new year.
I have a lot of thoughts about 2018. I think it’s going to be a really good year. Why? Do I know something in particular about this coming year that will really set it apart?
No. Not really.
But I have learned some things in the previous years that I plan to carry with me in order to make next year, great.
And that’s what I want to talk to you about today: Perspective. Planning. Purposeful living.
I would like to propose to you that the biggest barrier between you and achieving the kind of life you want to lead is NOT circumstances or timing or other people and is almost entirely one thing. You. Continue reading “When We Want More But Keep Choosing Less”
Last year, I had so much fun creating my own Advent Calendar, complete with readings, activities, and treats.
This year, I can’t even find where I stashed the stupid thing.
Life is like that. Some years you are making paper snowflakes and building gingerbread houses as soon as you turn the calendar to December 1, while other years you struggle to even get the tree up. Continue reading “What We Are Doing For Advent This Year”
In recent days, we’ve experienced the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. The most beautiful of beautiful that life has to offer, and the absolute most brutal of brutal.
And really, I’m sure you have too.
Whether it is in listening to the news or listening to a friend share her heart, the beautiful and the brutal seem to never be too far apart. They coexist on the same plane. Life never seems to be all roses, but truly, nor is it ever all thorns. Continue reading “The Beautiful And The Brutal”
Recently, my two boys sat down with a local toy store’s Christmas’ ad and wrote their very first ever Christmas list. Continue reading “Let Them Be Little”
While individual humans are made up of individual qualities, there is one quality that we all share – our desire to connect with other human beings in a real and meaningful way. We desire to be know. To be seen. And to be accepted. We are both made to form meaningful connections with others and made through the forming of meaningful connections with others. Connection is at the core of who we are and who we hope to be.
We all want it. We all crave it. But we aren’t always good at acknowledging and responding to that desire. Some of us struggle to form connections because we don’t think we need to, while others of us struggle because we don’t think we have the ability to.
Both, are fundamentally untrue. Continue reading “Creating Meaningful Connections: How We Stand In Our Own Way, and What To Do About It”
Every fall since becoming a mother, I’ve continued a tradition that my mother started when my brother and I were small children.
We bake treats, we dress up in Halloween costumes, and we surprise family and friends with a visit at their home or work.
We never tell anyone we are coming (it’s so much more fun to surprise everyone). This means that sometimes we knock on doors and nobody is home, or that we have inadvertently chosen a day when that person isn’t at work. But this also means that we make plenty of impromptu stops for people we didn’t plan on seeing and the day is always full of visits and surprises and fun. Continue reading “Our Favorite Family Tradition. 2017 Edition”