mothering

Anxiety, Faith, and the Outcome Spectrum Method

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I have a weird approach to life’s obstacles.  I think about the best thing that could happen in any situation, and then also the worst case scenario.  Somehow it’s comforting to know that however things actually unfold, it will be somewhere on the spectrum of things I’ve already considered.  Maybe I could call it the Outcome […]

R-o-c-k-i-n-g Motherhood

This post has been languishing in my drafts for over a month.  In that time, our lives have been turned upside down with Cee’s latest round of results.  I contemplated scrapping the whole post, but keep coming back to how helpful thinking this through has been for me.  I share it now in the hopes […]

I am Monet:  Exhaustion and Doubt in Motherhood

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    Today we did another up-and-back to Mayo for Cee.  That makes two trips in eight days.  We returned home with more questions than answers and an MRI to get scheduled.  David and I are exhausted in every sense of the word.  It’s hard.  It’s really hard. Given all this, when I read a […]

SQT:  Unexpected Parenting Goals

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  Unexpected Parenting Goals for 2017: 1.  Not to accrue any library fees or fines.  I feel like we should have a chalkboard with “___ Days Since Last Library Fine” in our living room.  Do they sell those on Etsy?!?!   Might be a real motivator in preventing the destruction and loss of library books. […]

Happiness {6/7}:  Like a Moody Teenager

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Participants in “Write 31 Days” pledge to write for 30 minutes on a single topic every day in October.  My topic?  Happiness.   One of the inspirations for choosing to think about happiness this month was the audiobook I’m in the middle of listening to. The Happiness Project On her website, Gretchen Rubin has posted a discussion guide including the […]

7 Quick Hates

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or Things I Want to Punch (Now That I’m a Parent)   1. Stickers Did you know that the sticky side of a sticker contains a powerful binding agent that is only activated when in contact with finished wood?  Yeah.  That’s a thing.  Hey, we always wanted to know what Great-Grandma’s antique buffet would look like […]

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Sweeping Up Joy:  A Mission Statement

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  I lost almost three years of mothering. I’m not bitter.  I’m not complaining.  It’s just how life worked out. From the morning in January of 2013 when Cee woke up and couldn’t walk…everything, everything changed. No warning.  No notice.  Just the unrelenting, all-consuming pain of a four year old. All the sudden I didn’t […]

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JEI {5}:  Mom Self-Care

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Welcome to the weekly link up, Just Enough Info (JEI).  The internets can be a great source of community, and I’d love to get to know you better!  Feel free to share your answers in the comments or link up if you have a blog.  You can see our first link up here. The topic of the week […]

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Momming in Solidarity

I am the mother of four.  In some circles, that’s an enormous number.  In other circles, that’s just getting started. At any rate, I’ve gone through four births, three potty-training-s, two kindergartens, and one learning-to-read-s.  There’s a lot in between each of those milestones.  Like trips to the emergency room, family gatherings interrupted by vomit, […]

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Yes Day

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  After seeing My Little Poppies‘ post about having a “Yes Day,” I checked out the source of inspiration from the library. The premise? There’s one day a year that Mom and Dad can’t say no.  At all. The book doesn’t involve any outlandish requests for ponies or trips to Disneyland, but pizza for breakfast, piggyback […]