Loving Others

Why We’re Not Trying to Raise Color Blind Kids

My rather observant, extremely verbal 3-year old is currently quite curious about skin color. He keeps pointing it out wherever we go. The other day he methodically studied our friend with darker skin, putting his arm up next to his and looking at the differences, commenting on the parts of our friend’s skin that are darker or lighter than others. And I have to say, every time our son points...
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What I’m Reading (July 2016)

When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine by Monica Wood This memoir about a devout Catholic, working class family who lost their dad and husband the same year our country lost our iconic president, is a powerful story about growing up, loss, love, and the end of an era. Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time by Jamie Martin I asked...
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Admitting We’re Scared & Doing it Anyway

I grew up around a lot of boys. Two younger brothers, boy cousins, and many friends who were boys. And I, often the lone girl, was not going to be surpassed by these boys. So when they climbed something, I did too. When they jumped off something, so did I. When they handled creepy crawly creatures, I didn’t hesitate. And I was super proud that I could swap injury...
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Faith

A Prayer of Confession

This morning, We confess that we’ve been silent. Not standing up for the weak and powerless. We confess that we’ve allowed our stubborness to get in the way of really listening to those whose lives look different from ours, whose opinions are not our own. We confess that we have lied to ourselves, unwilling to invite the Spirit to show us the true condition of our hearts. We confess that...
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Learn

Four Things I Learned in June

Warning: this post talks a lot about puke. 1. Microwave Popcorn You can make your own homemade microwave popcorn with just some corn kernels, butter or oil (we used coconut oil), and a brown lunch bag. 2. Amphibians & Reptiles Carry Salmonella When my daughter got sick on our family vacation and no one else seemed to, my mom mentioned that she read somewhere that turtles can carry salmonella....
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Personal Growth

What I’m Reading (June 2016)

The Chief Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny           Since March, I’ve read books two through six and am currently well into book seven. These cozy mysteries are page turners, but also thought-provoking. I’ve stopped and read quotes out of them to my husband. Here are some of my favorite. Note: this series does contain some adult language. “When someone stabs you it’s not your fault that...
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Parenting

How Routines Relieve Guilt & Decision Fatigue

Ever since having kids, my ability to quickly process information and make rational decisions has diminished. Greatly. Which means when my son is begging me to play with him, or my daughter is whining for screen time, my thoughts can quickly spiral. Example? I play with you a lot and it is totally reasonable for you to play on your own right now. It’s good for kids to be independent...
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