Personal Growth

December Wrap-Up

In Real Life December was full of friends and family. Our seven-year old spent nearly all of December making handmade gifts that she gave out at parties and hand delivered a few days before Christmas.We got together with both Dan’s and my family before Christmas and enjoyed our usual relaxed Christmas Day at home with just the four of us. We went really low key on the Christmas activities this...
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As a Grownup

On Generational Strongholds & Hope

Dear Kiddo, Lately when something goes wrong you respond with, “Oh great,” and then proceed to list every bad thing that’s happened over the last 24 hours. I’m sorry to say you come by it honestly. Both your dad and I are good at making lists of the all the bad and ignoring all the good. Whether by nature or nurture, you’ve got the pessimism gene all wrapped up...
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As a Family

What I’m Reading (December 2016)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Having never read this modern classic before, and knowing little about Angelou’s growing up years, listening to Angelou read her book out loud was both heartbreaking and heartening. This memoir made me ache for Angelou as a little girl and where our country has been, and in many ways, persists in being. But it also gave me hope in the power of words...
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Live Simply

How We Do Christmas

I come from a family that isn’t super fond of Christmas in general. If you ask my three siblings, they’ll tell you we’re all a little bah humbug about it. The season often feels a bit too hyped up and materialistic and stressful. There are so many expectations of presents and presence all around that sometimes nixing the whole thing sounds pleasant. But then I had kids. And the joy that...
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Love Deeply

When the Unthinkable Happens

The news far away and close to home is often unbelievably tragic. This summer I took a nap and had a nightmare about an acquaintance whose son had recently died. I couldn’t find any words to say to him and woke up panicked. Especially since one of our kiddos tripped and fell into a lake the day before my dream. (All was fine: it was very shallow and said kid was quickly plucked...
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Use the Mixing Bowls

We have this set of vintage pyrex nesting mixing bowls from the 1950s. My mom had  two sets and handed one over when we got married. According to etsy, they are going for about $170. That is, if we had all four of them. And they were in perfect condition. But we don’t. And they’re not. But every time my mom is over and sees them she tells me, “You really...
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