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Dear Future Self: A Mother’s Prayer

Dear Future Self, Please tell me that we get through this - this messy, sticky, sleep-deprived, ordinary chaos. Tell me that someday, I will drink coffee again for pleasure, not survival. Reassure me that I will go to bed someday at 10 pm and not wake up until my alarm goes off in the morning.… Continue reading Dear Future Self: A Mother’s Prayer

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An End of an Era: Mourning the Loss of Nap Time

It is an end of an era. We are officially swimming in uncharted waters. Elsie has said "so-long" to nap time. Abruptly. Whole-heartedly. Exuberantly. Like everything else she does in life. I say these are "uncharted waters" because Zoe, at four-and-a-half, has yet to give up her nap. The girl loves to sleep. Each afternoon,… Continue reading An End of an Era: Mourning the Loss of Nap Time

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The Pre-Baby Dress: Body Image, Raising Daughters and Being Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Last week I wore a dress that had been languishing in the back of my closet. This particular dress had made the cut after my closet purge. I'm not sure why I kept it, besides the fact that it's a pretty dress. Perhaps because it represents my pre-baby body. Probably because I have been hoping… Continue reading The Pre-Baby Dress: Body Image, Raising Daughters and Being Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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Solo Parenting When Your Spouse Travels for Work: 5 Tips to Survive

It's no secret that Jeff travels quite a bit for work. It was one of the requirements for his job position. From day one, we always knew that work travel would be part of our lives.  When asked in his interview if he would be willing to travel for work, the answer was an emphatic… Continue reading Solo Parenting When Your Spouse Travels for Work: 5 Tips to Survive

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Forty Days and Forty Nights: The End of Lent and Living Without TV

Another Lent season is under our belts, folks. For those of you just jumping in, our family decided to give up TV (including movies, Netflix, etc...) for the forty days of Lent. I am here to say that we have survived. In some ways, living without TV was easier than expected. The benefits were staggering.… Continue reading Forty Days and Forty Nights: The End of Lent and Living Without TV

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Time: On Being Managed, Disposable, Blessed and Holy

As I type this, I'm listening to the quiet rain fall outside, the streetlights shimmering in the dusk. It's a quiet night...so far. I have the evening to myself, waiting for Jeff to fly home from his most recent work trip. The girls are tucked into bed extra early, one battling after-school exhaustion, and the… Continue reading Time: On Being Managed, Disposable, Blessed and Holy

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Being Obsessed with Busy

It's been a while. For the past (almost) two weeks, I've been living in a stuffed head, sore-throated fevered fog. It's somewhat ironic how my challenge for March is to rest. And then I was really forced to rest. And pop Tylenol and drink fluids and consume cough candies like bonbons. Last week was March… Continue reading Being Obsessed with Busy

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Finding Rest in Hospitality

It looked like a tornado had ravaged its way through our house. Toys were strewn from bedrooms, to living room, to bathroom, to playroom and back again. Dishes were piled and overflowing in the sink. We could feed one of our girls for a week with the amount of crumbs underneath the table. Somebody's kid… Continue reading Finding Rest in Hospitality

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To My Baby, Who Isn’t

To my darling Baby, who isn't, Today you needed me for the first time in a long time. Yes, I know. You're only two so you still need me for lots of things. Like food and diaper changes and snacks. But today you actually needed me. You have been stretching to grow up from the moment… Continue reading To My Baby, Who Isn’t

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Rules and Sabbath Rest: Four “Ts” to Kick-Start the Sabbath

Before we go any further on this journey together, it should be made known that both Jeff and I are firstborns. So when I mentioned in my last post that I'm your get-it-done kind of gal, you should also be made aware that Jeff is painted with a similar brush. I definitely won't go as… Continue reading Rules and Sabbath Rest: Four “Ts” to Kick-Start the Sabbath