Inspiration

A Holiday Manifesto

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, followed by Black Friday, and full-on Christmas bustle. I find that if I’m not intentional during this time of year, things go awry quickly. So. This holiday season: I will think carefully before making a commitment. Because every “yes” is a “no” to something else. I will put mine and my family’s sanity ahead of decorating, baking, cooking, and attending parties. I...
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As a Family

Getting Outside in Winter Time

  Update: We now live back in Michigan where we’re enjoying loads of snow and wind chills near zero in mid-November. So I thought it was a good time to repost this…mainly as a reminder to me. Because getting outside in the winter is not my favorite. But it’s worth it. Occasionally. And with no guilt trips from me toward you. Because I haven’t taken the kids out yet...
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Parenting

Getting Out the Door without Damaging the Relationship

We’ve established that life is a gift, not an emergency. Timeliness is not the end all be all. That said, I still hate being late. I feel like it’s rude and disrespectful of other people and their time. But it’s also rude and disrespectful to constantly be rushing my kids. Is there a better way? I think so. Here are some ideas to get out the door without damaging...
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Personal Growth

Persuasion, Motherhood, War, & Decor

A few weeks ago, all of my on-hold library books became available at the same time. I’m happy to say, with a bit of renewing and prioritizing books that can’t be renewed, I’ve yet to incur library fees this time around. Here’s what I’ve been reading this month. Persuasion by Jane Austen Surprisingly enough, Pride and Prejudice is the only Austen novel I had read. So I picked up...
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Parenting

If Kids Were Robots

If kids were robots*: We could program them for good behavior and that behavior would magically appear. We wouldn’t need to treat our kids like individuals or wonder or argue about the best parenting techniques because they would all be basically the same. All those books promising angel children if you just follow their three step formula would actually work. For each and every kid. I mean robot. Mommy...
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Personal Growth

When Goals & Dreams & Plans Get in the Way

Goals and dreams and plans are great. I think we should all have goals for ourselves and our families, dreams about the future, and a five year plan (or at least an idea of what’s happening tomorrow). I would even encourage you to write a family mission statement. Goals and plans and dreams give our lives meaning and purpose and direction. But, sometimes goals and dreams and plans are...
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Faith

Life is a Gift, Not an Emergency

Life is a gift, not an emergency. Therefore, I can savor these two cookies instead of inhaling ten. I don’t need to panic about a temper tantrum – even when it happens in front of all the extended family at Christmas. Timeliness need not be a sacred cow. Life is a gift, not an emergency. So while long baths and deep conversations and lingering walks may not be practical,...
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