Real Mom Confessions: the cheapest toy ever, ‘Sam was here’ scenes + more

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It's the time for Real Mom Confessions again - my favorite blogging day of the week. Honestly, I wavered here this week. This weeks news has been so full of hurting and destruction, and there are dozens - hundreds - of blog posts and articles all over, and my heart has just been heavy. I think of my own stories and struggles, and those of my friends, and for a minute it felt trite to keep this post light. But. We need the light too, especially when the darkness creeps in. So here we meet, Continue Reading

On Prayers that Permeate His Heart

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Even at three years old, I want my son to know that God always, always hears us. In the every-moment chatter. In the impassioned and pleading, tear-filled prayers. In the muttered-under-our-breath asks for patience. In the silent moments when the Spirit intercedes for us. In the joyful praises. In the desperate pleas for a swift answer. He hears them all. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He Continue Reading

On the Least Boring, Everyday Extraordinary Kind of Love

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On our anniversary, I used to wear things that I wore on our wedding day. 'Mrs.' shirts, shoes, jewelry and perfume, all to remind us of that once in a lifetime day. Eight years afterwards, the shirts and shoes no longer fit. The jewelry is far too delicate for mom life, and right now the gentle gardenia scent once treasured makes me sick {thanks, baby}. Instead we wear our love like a badge. We snuck out to an afternoon matinee movie on our anniversary because resting my head on a plush Continue Reading

Real Mom Confessions: floor food, a CLOSET, + more

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It's that time again friends, when we come together to share our real, to let each other know that we're far from alone, and to giggle because we just have to laugh at the absurd everyday real lives we live. Here's what I have for you this week: 1. I wanted a picture of the kids on our last day of school. Here's the best one I got: 2. We went to Sam's last day of school concert this week and the kid did not sing one. single. word. Until we got home. Then he sang all the songs. 3. Continue Reading

On This Season of Sacrifice

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My days are patchworked together much like the quilts we use for summer picnics. A moment for writing here, a minute for cleaning up there, a big chunk for work pops up, a few minutes of quiet before someone wakes. This season of raising small children? This season, these days, are not my own. I have dreams that are laying on hold, big dreams that I would love to see come to fruition. Dreams that are possible and relevant and exciting. And I am ok with waiting on them. There Continue Reading

Real Mom Confessions: the pregnancy edition (!!!)

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Sometimes God says, "Surprise!" And you laugh and cry both in wonder and delight and sheer terror, accepting such a precious gift. You go in for early, early ultrasounds and vials of bloodwork to confirm the gift. You begin taking progesterone supplements and huge prenatal vitamins to hang onto the gift. You force down any liquid and food that you don't *think* will come back up so the gift - and you - can grow. You cautiously tell your mom, a few friends. But only a handful total because Continue Reading