So long, farewell 

Things I have broken up with this year: – folding wash clothes        I went all Konmari on my life last year and spent a ridiculous amount of time folding dish towels, wash clothes and cloth napkins. No more! They each have a lovely basket and I just toss them in  – folding…

It’s just emotions, takin me over

When I was a child, my family was incredibly uncomfortable with emotions. “Suck it up”, “think of something else”, “stop crying”. If I felt anything other than grateful and happy, it’s because I chose to feel those emotions and I should choose better next time. “Choose happy” and “you control what you think about”. I…

2017 is MY YEAR!!!

It’s a new year!! Before I talk about resolutions- I have to tell you a story. We visited a church on Sunday and during the announcements section, the pastor said “control”. Kaia was coloring quietly on my lap but then busted out laughing and loudly said, “HE SAID TROLL!!!”. Highlight of my day.  I love…

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I used to be a bully

This is probably my most controversial post yet.   I used to bully my children.  I wanted them to obey.  In the name of Christianity, I punished and yelled and spanked.  I said things like, “you don’t know my kid” and “every family has to do what is right for them” and all the other…

Grace has a face 

I just started reading Jesus, the gentle parent by L.R. Knost and it is already heavily highlighted.  I have so many thoughts as I read through it and so many tears.   Here is a passage that I had to share.  “The tiny girl stood timidly at the top of the stairs, her small face…

Big feelings

In our house, we talk a lot about feelings. I think it’s important to recognize all feelings as valid.   Today is full of overwhelming feelings for all the big people I know. Whether you are angry or excited, thrilled or terrified, your feelings are real and valid and allowed. I tell my children to…

I’m a stay at home mom

I am a stay at home mom. 3 years ago I left a well paying corporate position with a good company.  I also had a 6 month old and a 2.5 year old, and I only saw them awake for about two hours a day.   This wasn’t completely the company’s fault. I am terrible…