Belonging Day 13: Not Without My Backpack

This morning as I pulled up into my son’s school in parent drop-off lane, his laid-back demeanor shifted to panic. “I forgot my backpack! And my folder!” His crystal blue eyes quickly filled with tears and as they started spilling, I pulled forward out of the drop-off lane and parked. “Mom, please, we have to […]

Day 9: Not Your Parents’ Parenting

The parenting pendulum swings from generation to generation. When I consider all the ways I belong to this generation of parenting, I’m not sure exactly what I’m swinging from or to, but I do know we’re doing it a little differently. Partly because the world is changing and partly because, well, we want to do […]

Belonging Day 2: What Does It Mean to Belong?

It took me just a few minutes of considering the 31 day writing challenge for this word to pop into my head: belonging.  It’s not surprising really. Even though I’ve never dwelt on that word before, we recently moved and I know the feeling of not belonging. To kick off this #write31days challenge, I thought […]

13 Observations on Parenting Young Kids

1. Bladders and bowels are apparently very active at night. How many times have the kids needed “to go poop” or “potty” after they’ve put down for the night? Countless times. Every time actually. It’s very convenient because how can you tell your kid, “No, I’m sorry, you can’t go poop right now.” 8/10 they […]

The Ache of Parenting

To every parent that has gone before me and tells me either “it goes so fast” or “the days are long and the years are short,” you win. You’re right. I totally believe you…. and I’m even starting to say those things myself. I’m already blue at the prospect of my four littles growing older […]

Raising Healthy-Minded Kids

A Guestpost by Nicole Douglass My kind, nerdy, tender-hearted, artsy, ten-year-old lay on the floor in her darkened room, eyes wet with frustration as she lamented that her six year-old-sister could do more push-ups than she.  We had a sweet discussion about how every person possesses different strengths and then I asked “Do you know […]

10 Reasons Having the 4th Baby Is Easier Than Having the 1st

Before I had kids and even when I had just my first baby, I glorified mothers of multiple children. “Oh my gosh, how on earth do they do it?” Well friends, now I’m living it and the good news is that it doesn’t get exponentially harder with each addition to the family. There are for […]

Dear Daughter As You Start Kindergarten

Instead of beautiful scrapbooks, my kids have three ring binders of memorabilia that I stick in plastic sleeves. Sorry kids, your stuff is going to be falling out all over you as you make your spouse suffer through looking at your hospital baby bracelet in 25 years. I decided early on that, both for them […]

Baby Number 4

We’re expecting baby number 4! Whoo hoo! I’m so excited. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I’d be blessed with four kids. Motherhood has taken me by surprise. I knew early in life that I had an adventurous heart, one that wanted to travel and experience new things. What I didn’t know is […]

Helping Kids Through Fears

I just got back from Florida. It was a quick 2 1/2 day trip where I soaked in the sun, warm, and beach. Three great people were willing to watch my 21-month old during the time I was gone and I got to take just Marin, almost 5 and Judah, 3 for some fantastic quality […]