Personal Growth

What I’m Into (September 2014)

September was a little less crazy than August. Here’s what I’ve been into… Reading & Other Media The first half of this month I read Interrupted and Desperate (see Twitter for lots of great quotes from Desperate!). Both of these books made me think. I had to slow myself down several times to let the ideas percolate. Then I devoured What Alice Forgot (fast moving novel that also makes...
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Parenting

5 Things I Want My Daughter to Know

Dear Daughter, You turn five tomorrow. Your legs are getting long and gangly. Sometimes I’m shocked when your head buries into my ribs as you give me a hug or you come up with such an insightful solution to a problem. The baby in you is almost a mere memory. You’re entering a new phase of life. And I want you to know a few things along the way....
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Organization

A Weekly Fall Rhythm

Happy first day of fall! It’s felt like fall around here for a while now but that’s kind of how I like it. Jeans and sweatshirt weather is my favorite. (I’m trying not to let it remind me that winter is coming.) Now that we’ve been in Michigan for almost a year, our youngest sleeps through the night most nights and summer is over, we’ve finally reached a steady...
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As a Kiddo

On Plans and Preschool

I had no plans to do any formal schooling this year. I’m a firm believer in learning through play and don’t think preschool is strictly necessary. But as hot, sticky summer days turned into cool fall ones and her friends started heading to school, my daughter begged to do school. So we are – just a couple mornings a week. We’re all thriving with the additional structure and having...
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Home

16+ Clutter Free Gift Ideas for Young Kids

Our daughter turns five at the end of this month so we’ve been thinking through what we’ll get her. We loosely follow the want, need, wear, read philosophy so we’re thinking along those lines. But with Christmas something like 98 days away (AHHH! My eyes!), I thought I’d share a longer list of clutter free gift ideas for young kids. Because I, for one, love when people give us...
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Personal Growth

Desperately Interrupted

Just like last month, I only managed to read two books this time around. But, just like last month, they are great ones. Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson Mae and Clarkson know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by motherhood. Mae is currently in the trenches with her three young children, and Clarkson has four grown children and has...
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Faith

Why I Gossip and How I’ve (Mostly) Stopped

I hate to admit that I struggle with gossip. I’d rather downplay it. The reality is, I don’t gossip with very many people. And therefore I’ve justified it as okay. But it’s not. And I’d like to say it’s something I put aside years ago. But that’s not true either. I can say that I’m much improved over the last year or so. But I can’t say that’s from...
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