2016 Adventure Book

Each year, I make a family album (you can see previous posts here, here, and here). I feel like I may be being made fun of in that Chatbooks video about *those moms* who actually have time to make a yearly album. I’m so glad to know there are simple options out there for preserving […]

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Cleaning During the Little Years

Let’s be honest: I wasn’t the best housekeeper even before we have kids. I love a clean space, I love purging and organizing, and I even love a good, thorough cleaning time. But it hasn’t always been high on my priority list.  So when I read this essay, I thought, “Yes, that will be us […]

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What’s Working: February 2017

I thought I might start sharing frequent posts about what is working for us right now. Similar to Anne’s What’s Saving My Life, I love the chance to focus on what is working. This is the kind of post I wish I could find–tips on what life with two kids of different ages looks like, […]

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When You’re Not Sure You Like Your Child

This wasn’t supposed to happen, yet it has been happening for a while. And it scares you—terrifies you—yet you feel powerless in the face of it: you’re not sure you like your child anymore. Of course you love him. Nothing could change that. You will continue to fix his pasta before your own no matter […]

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When You Just Want Your Favorite Cup

The funny thing about toddlers is how you can’t always predict what will matter to them. Just when you’re patting yourself on the back about how your kid will drink out of any old cup, he decides that he will only wear pajamas or must have his syrup in a separate dish when he has waffles. […]

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Acknowledging the Hard Stuff

Last night, we had a Horrible Diaper Situation in the middle of the night. As with all Horrible Diaper Situations, I prefer to stick the baby in the tub rather than deal with it in a more hands-on way. It was the cold, wee hours of a new year, and with the baby splashing away, I […]

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Christmas Ornaments, Nostalgia, and Regret

December always surprises me with its light. It seems like the world is creeping toward darkness as bright green leaves turn orange and red. Every morning it’s darker, and every evening the darkness falls sooner. Then, one day near December, I walk to my kitchen, and suddenly the quality of the light has changed. It’s […]

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On Becoming More Decisive

We live in a world surrounded by choices. Though this seems to be a positive thing, we tend to be overwhelmed, exhausted, and discouraged due to so many options. I think of the times I’ve tried to host something. Instead of getting a clear “yes” or “no,” it seems like people are more likely to […]

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