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We spent six days in northern Michigan lake country with no Internet, cell or data connection. No suffocating sense of competition or comparison either. Gets a girl thinking real hard about this online space we all spend so much time in. And wondering how to carve out quiet, safe spaces for the soul to remember […]

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After reading all your responses to yesterday’s post. How hard we have to fight the fear of being left out; the myth of scarcity that screams I must be noticed, invited, included, appreciated or I. will. vanish. May I offer an antidote? Because I have found the best way to treat the disease of comparison […]

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UPDATE: Um, so you guys funded this in like four hours flat! That’s crazy amazing. I’m going to leave it open today if you still want to give. There are several Christmas parties happening and all funds will go to support them. And I don’t want folks to feel left out that it funded so […]

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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.

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I know December 20 is just days before Christmas – but what are the chances some of you South African readers will be around for a cup of tea? And a sneak peek at my new book that will also be released in South Africa next spring? I’d so love to spend some time saying […]

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With Christmas just over a month away, a group of us thought it would be fun to host a giveaway of some of our favorite things. This giveaway is hosted by some of my favorite women on the Internet: Jessica from The Mom Creative, creative, scrapbooker, shares awesome deals, and sends handwritten snail mail. Kristen […]

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