Christmas with a 2030 Perspective

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What do you remember about your childhood Christmas celebrations? How do you want your kids to answer that question someday? If you’re like me, you don’t tend to remember the gifts you were given as much as the special moments. One of my great regrets with my kids is that our Christmas season was often…

Purpose in a New Mom’s Pain

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I have been struggling lately. Certain seasons unfortunately carry with them a weight of pain that sometimes feels unbearable. For me, recovering from childbirth has been one of those seasons. Most new mothers would tell you these first several weeks are more difficult and painful than anyone could really warn. It’s unfortunately not something you…

Back to School Tips from a Finished Mom

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For the first time in approximately 3700 years, I realized last fall that I did not have to care about when school started. Or ended. Or did basically anything at any time, except as it pertained to driving through school zones. I was done. Three kids more-or-less-successfully shepherded through school with a complicated combo of…

To my Beautiful, Brave, Tired One

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So the kids did not have school today. Because of that, I was glad to let the girls stay up past their bedtime last night. Though I thought we’d be up just a bit later, it turned out to be ten o’clock before we turned the lights out. This is late for us, but I…