I had heard before having Lucy and Catalina that parenting reflects ourselves back on us and shows us our weaknesses. I didn't understand until recently, when certain little people began to display a will of their own. In the few very long and very short weeks since that began in full force, I've discovered the … Continue reading How Being A Mom Has Taught Me the Gospel
I've always wanted to be a mom, and now I'm Mommy to twin girls. During those nine months of expectancy, I awaited a life of sweet blissful moments, those Instagram-worthy vignettes that make mom life seem like one long cuddle. But about the time I started reading all those mom-empowerment mommy blogs (you know the ones I mean!), … Continue reading Motherhood Alive (a little more about my new view.)
The great and glorious reality of mothering little souls, of serving all day and often all night, can be a harsh one to our feeble and selfish nature-- but it is shot through with eternal significance, beauty and truth.
You know you have toddlers when strangers' comments start to change. It's not "Oh, they're precious," or even, "You've got your hands full," so much as it is "I bet they give you trouble!" And it can be true. When they're fighting over a toy, they shriek a piercing shriek at the top of their lungs, … Continue reading Where hard work meets delight
Lucy, Catalina and I have gotten into an informal routine of Messy Activity of the Day: a new activity to keep them occupied while I make dinner or try to finish my coffee before it gets cold. They are such active, curious little girls that it's served us very well. The cleanup is a different story, … Continue reading Toddler activities, IRL
It's fall, I'm in a sweater, and it's Friday, so I thought I'd share five things I'm loving right now (inspired by Hannah at The Art In Life). #1: These BabyLit books. The girls love the Sherlock Holmes sounds primer, and now say, "ding, dong, ding, dong," when they see a clock or my watch. We also love … Continue reading Friday Favorites
It's Monday. It looks like we've done a week's worth of living in our apartment, and it's barely after noon. But I'm not worried. (Okay, maybe a little scared, but not much.) Until recently I felt like I had no plan except to run around and clean everything-- which never actually works, right? But now … Continue reading A new & improved cleaning schedule (or, how not to go crazy)
Strangers often ask how I go shopping with the girls, which always baffles me, since they're usually sitting (relatively) happy in their stroller, which has a big enough basket for the essentials. Well, the question baffled me til we tried using a cart-- and I realized the people asking are actually experienced parents who suffered through using … Continue reading The great Target cart fail
It's one of those days. Not exactly the everyone-crying-together days; I haven't had one of those since the zombie-like tired of the early months. But you know, the toddler equivalent. This is the best age I can imagine right now. But for most of the same reasons, hard days are also really hard-- if not for … Continue reading Those days when the laundry gets thrown behind the couch.
A fellow twin mom, whose boys are younger than Lucy and Catalina, and I were talking a few days ago about what life with eight month old twins is like. I was assuring her there is a light at the end of the tunnel that is the clingy, halfway-mobile, constantly-eating months. But when I tried … Continue reading A day in the life at 15 months