04 Dec 2015

The One Gift Catalog You Don’t Have To Feel Guilty Splurging On

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12 Nov 2015

When You’re Sick and Tired of Your Kids Whining for New Toys, Try THIS

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12 Oct 2015

Why My “Difficult” Kid Is a Gift and Not a Reason for Despair

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31 Aug 2015

What to Do When Our Kids Are Looking For Heroes In a World Full of Beliebers, Subway Jared and Ashley Madison

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29 Jan 2015

What my 9 Year Old Taught Me About Being Willing to Follow God Into Uncomfortable Places

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20 Nov 2014

How To Feel Productive On Your Most Unproductive Days

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17 Mar 2014

Why all those years of lost sleep spent parenting are worth it

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05 Feb 2014

When you worry you’ve messed up your kids and it’s too late to fix things

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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.

12 Jul 2012

Why motherhood isn’t graded

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09 Apr 2012

Because sometimes reading someone else’s story can be like coming home

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05 Apr 2012

In which I podcast about crushed Cheerios, my middle name and Downton Abbey

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02 Apr 2012

The Cheerleader for Tired Moms {a free printable & EBook announcement!}

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27 Mar 2012

When they ask you what you did today

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23 Mar 2012

Five Minute Friday: Loud

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07 Mar 2012

On surviving the crush of the morning rush

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