Faith

Coffee Break Women’s Ministry: On the Blessings of Being Involved in a Community of Women

For the past year and a half, I have had the privilege of being a co-leader of Coffee Break, our inter-generational women's ministry at our church. Our group consists of about forty or so ladies and their kids. We meet women in every stage of their lives, but predominantly, our group is composed of younger… Continue reading Coffee Break Women’s Ministry: On the Blessings of Being Involved in a Community of Women

Uncategorized

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

Uncategorized

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

Faith

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

Uncategorized

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

Faith

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

Uncategorized

“If At First You Don’t Succeed…”

We have entered the stage in life where Zoe gets invited to school kids' birthday parties. Last night, one of her friends was celebrating turning 5 and all of the girl classmates were invited to go rock-climbing. (A side note - now a crazy high bar has been set for what Zoe is expecting for… Continue reading “If At First You Don’t Succeed…”

Uncategorized

How to Celebrate(and Somewhat Survive) a Strong-Willed Child

I was a perfect parent before kids. My theoretical kids were cherubs. I had all the answers. It was going to be all natural, no epidurals, organic baby food, cloth diapers, only breastmilk, never raising my voice, thru-the-night sleepers, dot, dot, dot. I was the living definition of the perfect mom. In theory. And then,… Continue reading How to Celebrate(and Somewhat Survive) a Strong-Willed Child