03 Aug 2015

I Think I Can, I Think I Can, Do This for the Next 10 Days

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01 Jun 2015

How to Make Over Your Mornings – For the Mom Who’s Tired of Feeling Behind Before She Even Gets Out of Bed

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26 Mar 2015

Someone Saw What You Did This Week and Wants to Give You a Medal

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10 Feb 2015

In which I’m in Love with Some People I Met on the Internet {And a Special Valentine’s Day Invitation from Me and Jackson}

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15 Dec 2014

There’s No Such Thing as Perfect People or Perfect Hospitality

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24 Nov 2014

When Your Holidays are Having a Hard Time Keeping Up With The Joneses

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20 Nov 2014

How To Feel Productive On Your Most Unproductive Days

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12 Nov 2014

In A Culture of Fast Food Sex Let’s Give Our Children Healthier Choices

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11 Nov 2014

If Only All Christian Children’s Books Were Like This

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10 Nov 2014

The Tired Mother’s Holiday Creed

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17 Oct 2014

It’s OK to Stop Trying To Fix “Those” Kids

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23 Jun 2014

For the days you got nothing done

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09 Jun 2014

For all the “ordinary, boring” dads, from your grateful daughters

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20 Apr 2014

We are the Sunday Morning People

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19 Feb 2014

In which I give you all a medal

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12 Feb 2014

How doing laundry together changed 400 lives

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27 Jan 2014

Why I write about motherhood

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19 Dec 2013

Why it’s always worth going home, no matter how far or hard or late

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27 Nov 2013

The Tired Mother’s Holiday Creed

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25 Nov 2013

Christmas for Africa: Secret Santas Needed!

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21 Nov 2013

Happy (?) Holiday Photos: The truth behind every plastic smile from an expert with a camera around her neck.

Because during almost every family photo session, I encounter a mother’s apology for her kids “acting out.” It seems as if receiving cards every December donned with perfect grins and matching outfits has skewed everyone’s perception of what’s really going on behind the lens. I see these “flaws” as an opportunity to comfort the parents, play with the kids, and attempt to capture through the camera the thing that we are all loving and hating and trying to celebrate all at the same time – childhood. It’s slipping through your motherly fingers as you comb through his little strands of hair. The jittery feet will soon be stilled by maturity and self-awareness. The squeals of excitement will soon be replaced by more subdued tones and passive comments.

I can promise you one thing – these bursts of energy, the inability to hold still and smile, won’t last forever.

The impermanence of it all is what should grip us. Not the temporary frustration.

18 Nov 2013

For the days you get nothing done

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04 Nov 2013

An invitation for my kids

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21 Oct 2013

How to feel at home in your house and your skin

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01 Oct 2013

The one where I’m a homesick South African

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01 Aug 2013

For the ordinary days

Motherhood feels a lot different than the baby books suggested. There should have been an entire chapter on the boredom of board games. Or dishes. Or sweeping. Or unloading the dishwasher. Again. And then the next day. Like sleep deprivation it’s hard to prepare for monotony. So I sift through the moments with a make-believe microscope searching for the wonder hidden in plain sight. It’s all there. Once I blink the tired and temper out of my eyes, it’s all there. The glory of the ordinary day.

20 May 2013

Entitlement will kick contentment in the shins. Every time.

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