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When children turn into cats

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I absolutely love this essay. I first read it in my pediatrician’s office and can’t stop thinking about it since. It was first published in this San Francisco newspaper but with a little sleuthing I tracked down author  Adair Lara. She graciously allowed me to share the whole thing with you!  Enjoy! When Children Turn Into Cats –Adair Lara I just realized that while children are dogs, loyal and affectionate,…

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Waiting Doesn’t Care How You Treat It

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This week we took a little getaway with our kids and stopped at a beautiful winery on the way home. As we perused the selections, I noticed a Meritage with the tag “Good for enjoying from now through 2022.” My immediate reaction? What they are NOT saying is this wine is great right now. What they are REALLY saying is that this wine is great if you’ll wait. Of course, we drank…

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Things that are Tiring

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  Expense Reports. Folding Socks. Remembering the right password. That moment when you discover your car inspection was due three months ago. Any birthday party when you realize you invited too many children. Outlet malls on holiday weekends. “Hey folks, we seem to be experiencing a (mechanical issue, air traffic issue, staffing issue, emotional issue) and we are going to need to hang tight at the gate for a little…

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The Thing About Boys

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This summer I took my oldest boy on a trip. Just the two of us. And I learned a few things about boys.   Exhibit A: They don’t need their moms breathing down their neck. Notice I’m the only parent looking at my kid. Notice also that I’m the only mom on this camping trip. Or woman, for that matter. So there was that, but that’s not what this post…

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On what you are missing today

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So last week we filmed a video at Hope. And the crowd loved it. I mean, LOVED it. They loved it so much that it got me thinking about laughing, and joy, and Christians. Here’s the thing: a lot of Christians I know are missing out on the fun part of life. They are really serious about everything. I don’t know how that happens exactly. Maybe it’s because, like my friend…

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5 Things to Teach Your Kids (and yourself)

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By 7AM, I’ve already corrected one of my three kids at least five times. Did you make your bed? Are your teeth brushed? Are you sure? DON’T MAKE ME CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR TOOTHBRUSH IS WET. No, dry toothbrushing is not acceptable practice. Yes, you have to wear socks with your sneakers. That’s the same thing I told you yesterday. No, not one sock. TWO SOCKS. Is your homework…

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On guilt pigeons and not being a spiritual mom

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Alright, people, something weird has happened since issues, which is to say, somehow even with a book called “She’s Got Issues”, people seem to think I have it together. Um, press release, I don’t. Especially when it comes to the whole “raising my kids God’s way”, especially if what that means to you is daily devotionals, memory verse singalongs, and the banning of Taylor Swift. If “raising kids God’s way”…

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I am not sad today

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Woo hoo, I’m back! And hey yall, I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because even though I’m an author, I struggle with affect/effect and I’m embarrassed about that effect (affect??) on my writing. So there. It’s been ten years and ten months since I became a mother. Almost a third of my life has been spent being responsible for keeping children alive, fed, well and safe. But this morning,…

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Taking it light

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I know, I know. I’ve been crazy busy, and a girl’s gotta cool it sometimes, which is why you haven’t seen me in these parts very much. But in honor of Mother’s Day, I have some time for myself, which puts me into a reflective mood. So I’m thankful that I’ve grown up a bit since the post I wrote about hating Mother’s Day and although I still agree with…

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Child

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As a new mom, I was desperate for one thing: sleep. I would fall asleep exhausted and wake up tired. My agenda for the day was planning potential naps. My husband and I would go to great lengths to induce sleep in our son Charlie. Elaborate bathtime/bedtime rituals. Car rides. Snuggly pajamas. Pacifiers. My husband would walk a marathon each night around our living room, pacing and bouncing Charlie to…

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