With a fresh eye for the grace that's daily extended to me, I've been more able to laugh at the absurdity of preschooler behavior, more able to enjoy my kids even on tantrum-y days.
Before you pat me on the head and think, "That's so cute, just wait til the twos really get started," be assured we have our double share of tantrums, screaming matches, poop on the floor, running into streets, random sudden fears, and hair-pulling. They intensified just around two with a force that was definitely terrible, … Continue reading These twos are anything but terrible
When I finally subscribed to the Risen Motherhood podcast after several recommendations, my first listen was their recent podcast on taking back last hours of the day-- the dreaded "witching hour." It was a great podcast and I recommend it. But the idea of taking back the end of the day caught my attention because the very end of my … Continue reading Taking back the [very] end of the day
There are a few books that have forever changed how I live, view the world, and think about God: The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis, Man Alive and Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken. And I've just added a new one to the list: Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, … Continue reading Treasuring Christ: a book I can’t stop re-reading
I'm still waiting to feel like a zen homemaker instead of a frantic toddler mom in yoga pants and sort of clean hair when Bryant walks in the door to find me in a war zone of a kitchen wiping gobs of dinner off our little Ikea table.
We've had a record rain streak here and it has thrown a bit of a wrench in our spring routine. Park days, runs in our trusty double jogger, and spontaneous walks to look at the ducks who have taken up residence in our pool have all been infrequent. We spend a lot of time cooking in … Continue reading When life hands you mud puddles
Catalina has never quite been a willing napper, and she usually has a non-nap day every week or two. Last week she went on a mini-strike for three days in a row, even convincing Lucy (who will sleep til the cows come home) to strike with her for an afternoon. It wasn't a huge deal, … Continue reading When the expected becomes a blessing
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.