In the wake of the recent "me too" movement and the allegations that seem never ending, I've been wrestling and considering and wondering how we got here. This issue is complex, uncomfortable, and heavy. But I have wholeheartedly come to the conclusion that it is worth delving into. And in my attempt at delving, I … Continue reading Respecting women vs valuing women
We crave real We see the contrast between shallowness leading to emptiness and depth leading to fulfillment. We cheer when Kevin calls out Olivia for running from anything that might feel genuine and we weep when he tells Sophie he himself is an empty shell of a person. Sometimes we too feel empty and incapable … Continue reading Why we love This Is Us
As some of you might remember, last year I did a list of 13 lessons from year 2 of marriage. Once again this is not a list of things "mastered" but more things we are seeking to grow in or maybe have just failed miserably at. After reflecting on another year (which is always such … Continue reading 3 years, 8 lessons
Last year, on our daughter's 1st Christmas, my husband and I started to implement the "4 gift rule". Well, actually we added another category that we thought was a part of it and so ours is really a "5 gift rule." Last year implementing this rule was not hard at all, considering we could have … Continue reading Kids and Christmas.
My sweet Reese, As the time approaches for your little brother or sister’s arrival there is a part of me that wants to tell them to wait a little longer so we have another “one last day” with just you. Soon that baby boy or girl will change your whole life as well as ours. … Continue reading A letter to my first born whose whole world is about to change.
[There is an excellent article that says anything way better than I could try to say it, but I decided to link it at the bottom and tell my own real-life version of how true this article is.] This morning I got humility-punched in a way I never saw coming. It all started a few … Continue reading A Halloween costume that revealed my heart.
Dear random people in the store today, Yes. Me here. The one whose once sweet-and-calm daughter sitting in the cart turned not-so-sweet-and-calm. Yeah, whose headband was no longer in, hair was everywhere, nose was snotty, and was acting completely unruly. Guilty as charged. Well, I just wanted to tell you a few things. I’m home … Continue reading A letter from a tantrum throwing toddler Mom at Target