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A Reintroduction: An Update on My Break-Up with Social Media

This was the first week in almost two months where I intentionally chose to log into my social media accounts. For the past two months, my life has been much quieter, and I have been much more content with literally everything. Taking a break from social media has been one of the best decisions I've… Continue reading A Reintroduction: An Update on My Break-Up with Social Media

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Back to School Blues

How is it that we're already standing on the threshold of a brand new school year? Somehow I've been thrown back into schedules, early mornings, packing lunches, rushing out the door. When I feel like I had just closed the chapter on that routine mere days ago. How did two whole months of summer bliss… Continue reading Back to School Blues

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Blood, Sweat and Tears: A Story in which Elsie Bled, I Sweat, and Zoe Cried

*Just a word of caution - if blood isn't your thing, this blog post may not be for you. Consider yourself warned.* Last night was the typical after dinner gong show, except that I was doing it alone after a day of looking after four kids. Jeff was working late and wouldn't be home until… Continue reading Blood, Sweat and Tears: A Story in which Elsie Bled, I Sweat, and Zoe Cried

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Coffee Break Women’s Ministry: On the Blessings of Being Involved in a Community of Women

For the past year and a half, I have had the privilege of being a co-leader of Coffee Break, our inter-generational women's ministry at our church. Our group consists of about forty or so ladies and their kids. We meet women in every stage of their lives, but predominantly, our group is composed of younger… Continue reading Coffee Break Women’s Ministry: On the Blessings of Being Involved in a Community of Women

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Dear Future Self: A Mother’s Prayer

Dear Future Self, Please tell me that we get through this - this messy, sticky, sleep-deprived, ordinary chaos. Tell me that someday, I will drink coffee again for pleasure, not survival. Reassure me that I will go to bed someday at 10 pm and not wake up until my alarm goes off in the morning.… Continue reading Dear Future Self: A Mother’s Prayer

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An End of an Era: Mourning the Loss of Nap Time

It is an end of an era. We are officially swimming in uncharted waters. Elsie has said "so-long" to nap time. Abruptly. Whole-heartedly. Exuberantly. Like everything else she does in life. I say these are "uncharted waters" because Zoe, at four-and-a-half, has yet to give up her nap. The girl loves to sleep. Each afternoon,… Continue reading An End of an Era: Mourning the Loss of Nap Time

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Forty Days and Forty Nights: The End of Lent and Living Without TV

Another Lent season is under our belts, folks. For those of you just jumping in, our family decided to give up TV (including movies, Netflix, etc...) for the forty days of Lent. I am here to say that we have survived. In some ways, living without TV was easier than expected. The benefits were staggering.… Continue reading Forty Days and Forty Nights: The End of Lent and Living Without TV

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To My Baby, Who Isn’t

To my darling Baby, who isn't, Today you needed me for the first time in a long time. Yes, I know. You're only two so you still need me for lots of things. Like food and diaper changes and snacks. But today you actually needed me. You have been stretching to grow up from the moment… Continue reading To My Baby, Who Isn’t

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Rules and Sabbath Rest: Four “Ts” to Kick-Start the Sabbath

Before we go any further on this journey together, it should be made known that both Jeff and I are firstborns. So when I mentioned in my last post that I'm your get-it-done kind of gal, you should also be made aware that Jeff is painted with a similar brush. I definitely won't go as… Continue reading Rules and Sabbath Rest: Four “Ts” to Kick-Start the Sabbath

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Learning from a Difficult Year

I feel like I can't continue writing posts until I've written a bit about something that has become extremely near and dear to our hearts as a family. The year 2017 was a hard year for us: a year full of travel for Jeff, weeks of single-parenting for me, health issues, a difficult toddler, a… Continue reading Learning from a Difficult Year