You Don’t Have To Do This Alone (a little confessional from the whispers of motherhood)

Back in the days when women didn’t talk to one another about motherhood.  It was just understood that every woman was a valiant mother, never in need of a brave word or a voracious hug.  Words and blogs, small groups and meals to doorsteps were few and far between, because that is what women didn’t […]

September

How We Love Is How We Live

I have watched my children love in large ways that I didn’t even know were possible. Having children will open your eyes  to a new way of living and loving. This love will unfold hard places in your heart you might had sewn shut. I have watched my children throw tiny fiery darts at one another. […]

September

You May Never Know (when you feel small, but your life shines big and bright)

When I was in the thickest of my “stay at home motherhood” days, I felt stretched to my thinnest. The veneer of brave that fit so well, was beginning to feel tight and uncomfortable. Much like my own skin. Looking back on those days is bittersweet.  I wish I had known then what I know […]

September

Grumble The Weekend Away (or give your heart a re-set)

Something is in the air. The Saturday chores are taking longer to finish, the children are squabbling over breakfast and my coffee has lost its normal perk. There is always housework, and preparing for Sunday’s big meal. The chores, the laundry, the entertaining, and the more time we spend working together, the more opportunities to […]

September

How Does A Mother Know When To Be Silent?

Early morning hours in our home are the most quiet and raw spaces that I have in a day. So many emotions pulling me out of bed and so many moments to face as the sun peeks through the winter closed shades and the many feet shuffling through the house working on their zones. It […]

September

When You Want To Give Rudeness A Swift Kick In The Pants

I don’t like to parent backwards.  Using others behavior as examples for what not to do or how not to act. We have enough daily examples in our home that point us to right and wrong. We have Jesus and that beats any parenting book, method or example that I could be to my children, […]

September

The Positive Pattern of Practice

It’s a new day in the New Year and the skin of it feels the same.  We just want to feel new, be brave or try new things.  Like putting on new skin that feels fresh and amazing and brave. To wake up, feel a new pattern and let the rhythm of the new year […]

September

A Mother’s Memo: How To String Pearls And Untie Knots

There were twenty little boxes for her to choose from.  Each one that she chose to press, would play a small selection of the Christmas album advertised.  We pass this kiosk every time we are in the seasonal section.  And each time, she pushes the same one.  This is what she loves about the merry […]

September

You’re Going To Miss The Good Stuff Trying To Avoid The Hard

The child you can read from the moment they open their eyes in the morning? It’s either a good day or a potentially bad day.  You know it right from the get-go. I get it.  All the way. The builder has learned to read me and I have finally learned to understand myself.  When I wake […]

September

Keeping Your Home In Sync With Your Life (simply put: a chore system for your family)

My home will never be spotless.  I honest to goodness gave up on caring about shiny railings, spotless windows and neatly folded towels in my home while raising a house full of children. We clean and we scrub and we apply elbow grease, organization and run a tight ship, but in the end, I came […]

September