Learning Hospitality Through Play

This morning, the Friday of the first week of school, Elle and I visited yet another park. Nearly every day this week, we've explored our favorite playgrounds, trying to fill the void left by Bea's absence at school. Normally, I bring a book along so I can read while Elle climbs and digs and scampers … Continue reading Learning Hospitality Through Play

Re-Identifying the Beauty of Intensity

Over at SheLoves Magazine this month, we're thinking about typical trigger words and how they've impacted our lives and faith. I'm incredibly thankful that I have few words that have been harmful to my formation. But I'm thinking about certain words and phrases that have shaped who I am and how I can reimagine them … Continue reading Re-Identifying the Beauty of Intensity

Allowing What Is Already In You To Swell Up

The other day my Facebook memories reminded me that it had been a year since I took the girls to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade. The photo is of us bundled up, huddled together in the freezing cold. Elle is leaning over a cup of hot cocoa, too cold to hold it herself. … Continue reading Allowing What Is Already In You To Swell Up

Learning Leads to Action

I've been thinking a lot about activism and how I want to model being active in our community, in politics, and in our world to the girls. At first, I was intimidated by SheLoves' theme, "I keep showing up" because so often, I don't show up. It's easier to hide behind ideas than it is to … Continue reading Learning Leads to Action

The Power of Claiming a Label

When I was teaching, every year Mrs. Nichols would visit our school. We would gather on the uncomfortable pull-out bleachers in the gym and try to keep our students from fidgeting too much. Mrs. Nichols was an energetic woman and would throw candy to kids who were sitting still and listening. Her job was to … Continue reading The Power of Claiming a Label

Raising Friends

When we first found out we were having two girls, I immediately thought, They'll be friends!! Even though my brother and I are close and Frank and his sisters are, too, there seems to be something about a same-sex sibling relationship. I've always envied people who had sisters - who had a built-in best friend growing … Continue reading Raising Friends

Finding Balance is a Gift

The windows are open, at least for a couple hours on this warm January afternoon. The backyard fountain is running, reminding me of summertime when it flows nonstop. Our new deck is finished and, with the sliding door open, I'm thinking about the next season and using this space that has been too unsound for us … Continue reading Finding Balance is a Gift

Raising a Doctor Not a Princess

Last Halloween was our fist foray into the world of character costumes. I'm not sure where Bea first learned of Doc McStuffins, since we don't get the Disney channel, but she decided she wanted to dress as that veterinarian. I found a complete Doc McStuffins costume and was glad my daughter wanted to dress as … Continue reading Raising a Doctor Not a Princess

Dear Mother, You Are Human

We had the honor of hosting a baby shower the day before Mother's Day. Part of the shower was writing advice or letters to the parents-to-be and their little girl. Before writing mine, I flipped through a few - Take time for each other; Accept babysitting; Remember 2am doesn't last forever; It's ok to be tired. I added … Continue reading Dear Mother, You Are Human