One of the first questions I get asked from just about anyone that knows I have two children is some version of, "What does your oldest think of the new baby?" And every time I get asked that question, I wonder what the expected answer is. Do they expect it to be complete anarchy, with… Continue reading Encouraging Positive Sibling Relationships
It's amazing how much more difficult it is to have a second baby. It's easy to think you know what to expect because you've done it before, but it is so much more than you can even imagine - or at least than I imagined. I knew before having Little Squish that things would change… Continue reading Mom Guilt – Just Let It Go
Service comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be planned and coordinated or a simple phone call to say "Hi. How are you?" Sometimes we get stuck thinking of service as an all-consuming activity, one that no one has the time or money to do. But I bet if you really think about it,… Continue reading Service Makes the World Go Around
Pregnancy is so many things. And every mom experiences something different. I promise, though, if you can make it through the first trimester without pulling out your hair - or your partners hair - you will be rewarded with a growing baby bump, hearing baby's heartbeat at every appointment, and finally feeling those fluttery movements in your belly. The good times are coming.
What's one of the worst things in the world? Having a sick toddler. Ok, so it's not very high up on the list of horrible things, but it definitely makes things around her a little funky. Throws off all the routines, and lucky for me, I got sick this time right as she was getting… Continue reading The Push to the End, To Start Anew
Pregnancy is in the air. I know, Christmas is coming, but I swear everywhere I look there's another woman who is at least 7 or 8 months pregnant. Three women at church are about to pop, and there's one woman that works with BJ who is getting induced in the next couple weeks, which is… Continue reading The Joys of Pregnancy?
This is the first time I've ever hosted a holiday dinner and man, it was exhausting. Don't get me wrong, I loved having everyone here, but putting together the dinner, and entertaining family just wore me out. Having said that, I had so much fun putting together a full thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, mashed potatoes, mac'n'cheese,… Continue reading Post-Holiday Refresh
Stories are popping up all over the place about parents using drugs around their children, overdosing in the car with kids in the backseat, and I read one story about parents shooting their kids (ages 5, 2, and 9 months) up with heroin, calling it "feel good medicine". All I can think is, what is… Continue reading What Happened To Parenting?
When you're little you see adults as indestructible. They can do anything, fix anything, and help you to do anything. When you're 6 you want to be 16 because they can drive a car and that's totally awesome. When you're 13 you want to be 18 because they can finally leave the house. When you're 18… Continue reading Growing Older
As a human being it can be hard to find joy in your everyday life. It seems that each day something "goes wrong" and it remains the sole focus for the rest of the day. The rest of the day is seemingly ruined because that one thing has gone wrong. And when you have kids… Continue reading Finding Joy