Every Stage is Awesome

 

 

 

I remember cuddling my newborn baby, breathing in that incomparable smell, and blinking bleary eyes.

 

“Just wait ’til he can crawl!” seasoned moms would tell me, a knowing look of warning in their eyes. “THAT’S when things get interesting!”

 

And I trailed after my toddlers, hands outstretched behind them, marvelling [...]

We don’t really know what we’re doing. And it’s scary.

 

 

 

I’ve tried to really pay attention to the comments and remarks I get about my children for the past few days.

 

Instead of just nodding, smiling, thanking, or acknowledging, I’ve tried to really ponder and process the words that I’m hearing. And, I have to say… the words have been abundantly [...]

Lollipop

 

 

 

I dug through the cabinet for the biggest skillet I could find as you loped into the room, stretching one arm high, while the other adjusted glasses over tired eyes. I didn’t blame you one bit for heading straight to make coffee– little sounds better, other than more sleep, when little people [...]

The Problem With Crediting Prayer

 

 

I’ve told you all about Dr. Y. before.

 

She was an absolutely horrible pediatrician whom we saw when we first moved to Indiana. I used to dread well-child check-ups because she was such a bad fit for us. Anyway, one of the “perks”, if you will, of having given birth four [...]

Lessons in Friendship from a Nine-Year-Old

 

 

 

Yesterday, I received a teary phone call from the mom of one of A’s classmates.

 

“Is everything okay?” I asked, concerned.

 

“Do you know what A. wrote in E’s card?” she asked back.

 

My mind raced. No, no I did not know. Because, honestly? I’m to the point [...]

No Shame in Being Real

 

 

Over the last couple of months, I’ve shared my grocery shopping trips a few times. I enjoy doing those posts, even though it always amazes me what a pain it is to actually unload bags onto a table instead of right where they go. You’d think that’d be no big deal, right? But, [...]

I’m Afraid You’ll Let Go

 

 

There are some children with whom you have to kind of “rip off the bandaid.”

 

These are the little ones who might be used to you holding on to the bicycle and, let’s say, you just remove your hand one day and let them go so they can see what all they [...]

If it feels bad, that’s bad enough to matter.

 

 

 

“Someone has it worse.”

 

“Someone would love to have what you’ve got.”

 

“It could always be worse.”

 

“Count your blessings.”

 

 

Right???

 

Right.

 

All true. Because– newsflash!!– you’re blessed.

 

You’re blessed, I’m blessed, we’re all so very, very blessed.

 

 

And, so, [...]

How to “Fix” Your Body in 20 Seconds

 

 

I spent half of yesterday feeling uncomfortable.

 

I felt bloated. Or chubby. Or lumpy. Or SOMETHING.

 

I couldn’t get myself to look right. I couldn’t make myself comfortable.

 

 

 

I tugged at the hem of my top, trying to get it down further.

 

I adjusted the [...]

You Need Happier Friends

 

 

 

We dragged our toes through the sand, watching the grains spill over painted toenails– hers berry, mine bubblegum pink.

 

“It was just so NICE to get away. To steal those quiet moments with the waves crashing in the background, knowing our kids were safely tucked in nearby. To just enjoy each [...]

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