I grew up in the 70s and 80s. My preschool days were filled with old school Sesame Street. You know, back before that cheerful little Elmo came along. Back when Cookie Monster gobbled cookies shamelessly, without worrying about carbs or gluten. Also on my preschool must-see-TV list — Romper Room. And since I was a…… Continue reading Who Is My Neighbor?
Some friends and I were talking (or texting) recently about a strategy we’ve been trying when one of our kids is having a moment — a meltdown or an attitude or some trouble following the rules. We pull that child into a hug, and we love on him or her. I’ve been trying this off and…… Continue reading Leaning In
For the past couple months, everyone in our family has really been going in different directions. Four different soccer teams. Diving lessons. Choir practice. Field trips. Homework and tests and projects. Even my husband and I have had commitments outside our home pulling at our energy and attention. All good things. We’ve all been doing…… Continue reading New Mercies Bound Up In Love
I tend to see my shortcomings. My failures. I know my laundry is piled high. I know that two teachers texted me last week to get information from me because I forgot to return paperwork to school. Actually, I completely lost both pieces of paper in the move! I know that I yell too much.…… Continue reading Why I Need Mother’s Day . . . and you do too (even if you’re not a mother)
If I could somehow travel back in time and give a message to my younger momma self, I would grab hold of my shoulders, look myself in the eye, and say – Girl, RELAX! I would tell myself to stop worrying about getting it right, to stop that quest for the one, right way to…… Continue reading My Message To My Younger Momma Self
I had such high expectations. That should have been a red flag to me. I’d been out of town all week and flew back home yesterday morning. While I was gone, I’d spoken to the children on the phone, texted with the girls, FaceTimed the boys. They missed me. I missed them. I was looking…… Continue reading The No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Evening