As a Grownup

Saving My Sanity This Winter

This winter has been much more mild than the last two Michigan winters. Thank goodness! But it’s still rough facing down the month of February so I jumped at the chance to join Anne and jot down what’s saving me this winter (see last winter’s list here). Milder Weather As already mentioned, it’s been more mild around here lately and this meant my friend and I were able to...
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Love Deeply

Today I Loved My Kids Well

This is my new mantra: “Today, my goal is to love my kids well.” See, I like goals and getting things done. I abhor clutter and really like checklists. I like my success to be daily and tangible and measurable. But these things I like and motherhood often don’t mix. Which means I, like many moms, get to the end of the day and wonder what on God’s green...
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As a Grownup

What I’m Reading (January 2016)

It’s been some time since I’ve done a post like this. Here’s quick recap of what I’ve read the last few months. Parenting with Purpose by Nina Garcia One of the first women I found through blogging wrote a book. Read my review of it here. Big Little Lies & The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty I read these back in October during our trip to Massachusetts. Check out my...
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Live Simply

When You’re Vacillating Between Jealousy and Judgment

My life often feels a bit countercultural. We haven’t done preschool. We homeschool. We only have one car. (And a moped). The four of us live in a two bedroom apartment. We try to embrace our limits. The kids aren’t super involved in extracurricular activities. We work really hard not to have too much stuff…toys, clothes, you name it. We’re working really hard (not super successfully) at not being busy. And...
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Live Simply

On Our Addiction to Productivity

I’m sitting here and feeling panicky. Due to random circumstances it’s the first time in four weeks I’ve been able to sit down for my (sort of) weekly time dedicated to writing, planning, etc. And I can’t write. All my previous drafts feel un-developable. Everything else I can think of feels old or pointless. I’m feeling panicky because I’m not producing. Because I haven’t done this in 4 weeks, we’ll...
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Personal Growth

What I’m Into (November 2015)

In Real Life This month we played outside in the first real snow and helped my parents with their moving sale. We also enjoyed a packed, but fun Thanksgiving weekend: family dinners on both sides, a movie, a sibling’s night out, and breakfast with friends. Around the Web Seated at the Table of Outrage “This world gives the open heart such a to-do list. It always has, and this...
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The Myth of the Disappearing Pacifier

Is there any parent on the planet who hasn’t been absolutely amazed at how their 13 pacifiers have completely and utterly vanished right when that small, helpless, calm, cuddly baby turns red-faced and screaming? If you’re not a parent, pacifiers are like pens. Or hair ties. They are put into the universe expressly to torture us. Want some advice? (No, probably not. What you want is to find that doggone...
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