I’ve been a parent now for approximately 6 and 1/2 years. If I worked in an industry or sat down at a desk anywhere for 6 and 1/2 years, I would be considered a veteran – a loyalist – perhaps even an expert in my particular position. Yet with parenting, it feels like I start… Continue reading 3 Magical Tips That Reduce the Friction (and Complaining) In Our Home
As I faintly saw my daughter in the distance running toward a vault to jump high onto some mats, I wondered if I could get out there and join her 6 year old gymnastics class. Not because I want to get back to the basics of gymnastics, but because one of my boys was having… Continue reading We Can Only Hold It Together So Long
The days can become ordinary and bland when we lose sight of the importance and value in each one. We can easily start throwing some sardines into the oatmeal when we let bitterness linger. We can toss some soured milk into the bowl when we start comparing our lives to someone else’s only.
Over 10 years ago I was a barista working at Starbucks about to take on my first “have I actually made it?!” job as an editor for Neiman Marcus (…wait for it…) catalogs. I made sure the little letter that describes the item you want matched the actual picture of it. It was a relatively… Continue reading Motivated by food.
Well, confession. Toddlers are not my jam. Newborns, nursing infants, high-chair-bound babies, early toddlers who I can dress with no resistance, and preschoolers in school – these are my favorite kind of kids. And by favorite, of course I mean, the most manageable. Interaction that demands my attention and strategy is not my jam. Give… Continue reading To Shepherd or Shout: My quest toward good parenting grows more complex
Have you ever found yourself waiting? You know, for the mail to come? Your Amazon delivery to arrive? Maybe for a mildly boring part of a movie so you can bolt to the bathroom? Maybe you’re waiting for preschool to start back (YES, I KNOW I’M THE LAST ONE WHOSE KIDS ARE RETURNING TO SCHOOL IN… Continue reading What To Do While We Wait (and wait, and wait.)
With summer winding down, it’s still easy for us to tap into the way we felt when we were somewhere heavenly for vacation. It’s still fresh. We can still smell the salty air and feel the cold water splash on our face when our kids jumped into pools to rinse off the beach sand. We can still smell the… Continue reading Looking for God