How come I do not know how to be a mom? How come there is not a book that describes motherhood for my personality and lifestyle? How come there is not a drug to calm me down? How come there are not enough hours in a day? How come there is guilt no matter what? … Continue reading How come it’s so hard?
It's been a weird week, one of sinking deeper into this identity I'd been trying to dodge. But finally feeling at home in it. Understanding my gifts and even enjoying how they work in real life. And yet at the same time, there were growing pains and conflict all around. The pain of feeling disregarded … Continue reading If I were God
I opened my laptop tonight to write about our generation's struggle with peace and quiet amidst a barrage of distractions. But before I could open WordPress, I logged into Facebook, maybe accidentally, and I found a few things to repost, read a blog link I found, looked at pictures, and then I realized... I got … Continue reading Generation Noise
Everyone always talks about how toddler years are so hard. And I feel it. But there are so many precious, wonderful, adorable things that happen now, things that will end and never happen again: the way they're learning to talk, their tiny voices, the way they extract joy from the simplest experiences. There is so … Continue reading You’re Two and I Love It: 50 favorite things about my toddler
[Toddler Schedules: Examples and Tips from my very limited experience.]Toddlers are in a funny but often frustrating stage. While they are learning like crazy, they have an attention span the size of their pinkie finger. If I had to guess, we make it harder than it is. I always want my son to be listening to … Continue reading Five Things I Need to Remind Myself About Parenting (and Toddler Schedules too)
The Siders' house has been the headquarters of a host of eclectic maladies this week. Which is another way of saying we got nothing done. Not the Christmas shopping or the home scrubbing. Just staying alive, feeding ourselves. That was enough.Today was our big day to knock it out, all the things that had been … Continue reading The answer to my prayers for patience; or When I think I will take up drinking