Fall Back and Regroup

It’s nearly November now. November of 2020, the longest year in the history of mothering, except for the year 536 AD, which is widely acknowledged by historians to be the worst year of all time.    But now, in addition to covid-schooling our dear, sweet children, plus that Minnesotan October snowstorm, how does our country…
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The Vote that Always Wins

I’m not sure about you but 2020 has provided me a lot of opportunities to “grow” in my faith and contemplate my picture of God. I think it’s safe to say that no one has been completely spared from some sort of hardship due to the pandemic, and if I am being completely transparent, it…
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The Greater Treasure

I’m a collector. If I can attach a special memory or person to an item, I keep it for nostalgia’s sake. This is especially true if it belonged to one of my grandmothers. In fact, buried somewhere in a treasured box is a dented, old silver salt shaker, standing alone as I never received the…
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A Renovation Gone Wrong

Take it from me, toilet seat covers should not be bought at Gordmans. Maybe at Menards or Home Depot, but not at Gordmans. Did the one I buy have an embroidered flower on it? Yes. Was it light as air and cushy like my grandma’s? Also yes. However, it did NOT match our brown toilet…
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Healing after Miscarriage

October is such a powerful month to me. It is a month to honor Pregnancy and Infant Loss. My birthday also falls in October; and ever since I was a little girl, I always had a special wish when I blew out my birthday candles: I wanted to be a mom. Birthday wishes, prayers, playing…
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Rainbows are Real

“Rainbows are real!” she squealed as we stood at the water’s edge of Lake Superior, watching the sunset after a summer thunderstorm. I stopped mid-motherhood-motion of wiping ice cream cone drips from chins and tying someone’s shoe, as those three words brought me up short. They sunk in as I realized something profound: Up until…
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School Year Priorities

The school year has begun and the landscape of our families has transitioned to fall. Sports, extracurricular activities, homework, and early bedtimes are back in full swing. And along with the busy schedules of school, comes something else that can sneak up on us this time of year: Comparison.    Comparing our kids to others…
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Life Hack | Traveling with Kids

Before children, I was quite the traveler. I raced to catch airplanes, spontaneously jumped off cliffs, and slept in dozens of airports…all by the ripe age of 22! I was unbridled yet adaptable and loved the thrill of the unknown.   I assumed motherhood would feel a lot like international travel; and in many ways,…
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Whose Voice Are You Listening To?

We are all experiencing change in these days of weathering a global pandemic. As a stay-at-home mom of three, the greatest change for me has been the massive increase in total face-to-face time with my kids. I’ve told many people that parenting right now feels relentless. From the minute I wake up to the minute…
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Be Still and Know

So… there’s a pandemic going on. Needless to say, we’re all pretty aware of the way our collective worlds came to a screeching halt sometime around March 2020. Unless, of course, you have been living beneath a rock, in a cave or on a remote island this year. If this is your situation, I’d suggest…
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