Parenting

When Fear Hijacks Joy

The other night we went to the beach. It was perfection. A rare 92 degree day warmed Lake Michigan to slightly above chilly. We practiced gliding. And jumping waves. The kids and Dan dug a big hole. They buried each other in the sand while the warm breeze brought in evening. And I breathed it in; I leaned into the joy of my family and creation colliding. And then...
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As a Family

Habits are the Best

I am coming out of the baby fog, folks. Yes, I still have two kids 5 and under, but every day I marvel at how much easier life is becoming (okay, maybe not every day). Both kids sleep through the night. They can both climb into their carseats without assistance. They can both use their words to tell me exactly what they want. And many times they are truly, actually...
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Personal Growth

What I’m Reading (July 2015)

It’s been a while since I did an update on what I’m reading. Probably because I’ve spent so much time processing, I haven’t made time to share! The Gifts of Imperfection I checked this book out of the library. I got about a third of the way through it and ordered it for myself so I could underline the heck out of it. And I’m a cheapskate. It’s that good. That said,...
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Faith

We Can’t Nourish Our Way Out of Brokenness

I haven’t intentionally had a bite of gluten in 9 years. Gluten makes me sick. So I avoid it religiously. But in all of my searching for gluten free recipes and as I read up on where gluten likes to hide, I stumbled across a litany of other dangers: sugar, non-gluten grains, dairy, etc. I found myself staring at (often conflicting) information about raw milk, the importance of fermenting vegetables and applying essential...
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Parenting

When Happy Doesn’t Cut It

It’s 4:52AM. We’re not sleeping too well around here tonight. And I must admit that while the kiddos woke me up, the mothers won’t let me go back to sleep. Because I know some of you are awake with me. Desperately aching for some sanity-saving sleep and experiencing so much guilt and confusion for feeling angry toward your little one for the constant deprivation. Wondering if motherhood is something...
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Personal Growth

All the Light We Cannot See

After being number 346 on the hold list, I finally got my hands on this wonderful World War II novel. The setting is gorgeous, the characters are unusually interesting, and once again I was reminded that war is never simple and straightforward. Though this is the only book I managed to finish this month, I’m currently enjoying: Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other...
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Parenting

We’re Training Here

You know how when you go through a check out line and there are two people working? And one has a little badge that indicates he’s a cashier in training? And you sigh a little bit at choosing the line you did as the other one zips past you, but then you smile and give him a little extra grace because, well, he’s new at this. And we all...
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