Something about turning 40 was hitting me hard the last couple of months. I kept swinging between “I am halfway to dead” and “My life is halfway over…and the second half is all wrinkles and gout and stuff. Have I accomplished everything I have wanted to do since obviously, I will be somehow incapacitated sooner… Continue reading Thoughts on Turning 40
I am sitting on the ground, clad a simple dress, kneading bread dough in a wooden bowl. Sitting across from me is my friend, who’s sudden, boisterous laugh startles her nursing infant awake. My friend’s mom, eyes wet with tears of laughter, had just finished sharing a story of her own new motherhood experience. In… Continue reading Going Tribal
Lucy is at that place right now where she really wants to blow bubbles, but bubble blowing practice sessions often begin with rapidly on-setting frustration. Patiently, we teach and reteach the skills necessary. Dip and check for a “window.” Put it close to your mouth, but not so close that you “break the window” and… Continue reading Bubbling over with Joy
There is this book that came out called, “Reasons My Kid is Crying” that is a collection of pictures from around the world of toddlers/preschoolers throwing tantrums because of serious issues like: or Some say it’s so cruel to take a picture of a kid during a tantrum because, you know, we should parent them through it.… Continue reading The Tale of Two Oreos
Let this be a cautionary tale to all of you who occasionally or regularly wear pajamas in the car. Today I made the semi-normal decision to take the kids to to school in my robe and pajama pants. Because I am a working woman now, I don’t often get a lazy morning to just lounge around, so… Continue reading The Street Corner Incident
I have a solution to that. I don’t know how long the solution may last, but at lease with my sweet hooligans, it has been a couple weeks of relative peace. Step One: Have your kids watch this video at least 50 times. Step Two: Praise the Lord that your kids are watching an… Continue reading Do Your Kids Fight in the Car?
Here’s the truth… Just as predicted around baby’s first birthday in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” I am contemplating another baby. (After seminary is over…definitely after seminary is over, God willing!) I realize that makes me, by some people’s standards, completely insane. However, motherhood is my calling, and even though my kids drive me… Continue reading A Study of Babies – Eleven Month Edition