It was just after 5 a.m. and still dark as the steel gray Amtrak squealed along the tracks into the Topeka train station. My three year old, barely awake, sat uncharacteristically proper next to me on the bright red bench seat, his feet dangling over the edge without touching the floor. His car seat with … Continue reading One Weird Trick I Use To Treat My Mom Anxiety
Today I de-cluttered, just a little. It wasn’t by choice. It was forced upon me when my son dragged out a drawer from my nightstand, gutting its contents. I guess this was his way of saying, “Mom, do you really need all this?” As I took two bags of unnecessary stuff out to the trash, … Continue reading What If Time Never Started Over?
This article is about tradition, and sharing it each year around the holidays has become a tradition for me. I hope you'll read this for the first time or again a second time to remind yourself the value of stopping to consider how you've grown each time you circle the sun. Love to you, friends. … Continue reading How Tradition Heals The World
My husband and I experienced quite a bit of conflict in our early years of marriage, and it could be distilled down to one reason: our love languages. He experiences love through encouraging words and acts of service. I feel loved from quality time and physical touch. The short story is these differences initially created … Continue reading Two Words That Will Change Your Marriage
The morning I walked through the door into my friend’s second floor apartment, I wasn’t prepared. There he was, kneeling on the carpeted floor of their kitchen with a fuzzy haired baby girl whom he met only hours before. The baby’s two older brothers bounced on couch cushions and half-heartedly watched Guardians of the Galaxy … Continue reading In Praise of Crappy Hospitality, Or Why I’m Finally Having My Neighbors Over
I was already going to be late, and I knew it. Skimming through the house, I tried to piece together all my essentials before running out the door for work: purse, phone, coffee. And then I saw them. The dishes, stacked precariously in the sink, grimy and forlorn. Waiting patiently for me. I glanced at … Continue reading In Our Relationships, The Small Things Are The Big Things
When we were dating, the infatuating love I felt for my husband was intense. It started strong and only grew. As if an electric force field radiated from him, the closer I got, the weaker my knees, the quicker my heart rate. The day we married, we exchanged vows, and something magical happened. I could … Continue reading Sometimes I’m Not In Love With My Husband
“Who is going to take John to school?” I glared over my shoulder in my husband’s general direction, hoping he would overhear the question I pretended to ask no one. “Are you wanting me to take him?” My husband, reading at the end of the table, already showered and dressed in his cardigan and jeans, appeared surprised. … Continue reading If Your Partner Can’t Read Your Mind, Try This Instead.
"Where are my Christmas presents?" my son whined in the kitchen a few days before the holiday festivities began. Nervous I was raising one of those kids, you know, the demanding ones, I reassured him Christmas was coming, but quickly tacked on a reminder that Christmas is not just about gifts. "We want to be givers," … Continue reading The Surprising Reason Receiving Is As Good As Giving
Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am a Recovering Mother. For years, I was Everyone Else’s Mom, but I never took care of myself. I thought this was noble. I assumed this meant I sacrificed more than others. I believed having my phone on 24/7 sent the message I cared more for others than I did … Continue reading Why Not Taking Care of Yourself Is Selfish