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To Cherish: Lessons from a (Puked on) Linen Sofa

To Cherish: Lessons from a (Puked on) Linen Sofa

First off, I don’t live in a linen couch kind of life. I have four kids under 10, the two youngest being boys, and a hunting dog that refuses hunt. Dirt doesn’t stay outside. Sticky fingers aren’t detained at the table until wiped clean. Puke doesn’t hit the toilet. I don’t know why I insist that we dwell in a Pottery Barn picture. That’s a lie. I know why I insist on it. To set the scene, at least one…

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16 Items Found in the Natural Momma’s Medicine Cabinet

16 Items Found in the Natural Momma’s Medicine Cabinet

As I write this, I am standing in the predawn darkness of my kitchen listening to my morning ritual percolate awaiting the first child to belt out a grungy like cough that will catapult me into another days’ nursing. For many, the holidays are a joyous time. They are for us as well, however, inevitably from the over indulgence in traditional, frosted, caloric heavy delights, we ring in the new year stricken with the latest microbe wrapping my littles up in blankets,…

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Dear Single Men next Door, I Am Watching You

Dear Single Men next Door, I Am Watching You

Two weeks ago we moved back into the city. Little birds that we are, we read the snow and sub zero temperature report, packed up, and went…north actually, down, out of the mountains. We landed back on our block with our comfortable neighbors, familiar sirens, 10 minutes from all things convenient. There is a new development, however. We now share a city lot with four bachelors who live in the house next to us. Bonafide twenty somethings, big trucks, single-ish,…

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10 Women I Want My Daughters to Emulate: A Prayer

10 Women I Want My Daughters to Emulate: A Prayer

  Sometimes, I watch my children’s behavior toward a sibling and I cringe, not because of the action displayed, but because of the soil of the child’s heart revealed by the unsightly performance. There are also times I catch a glimpse of my daughter’s countenance that pierces my heart, for it is a sad look that, at times, seeps into her, causing her little frame to slouch. I ask her what is wrong, she doesn’t know. She is struggling with…

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I’m Nicer When I’m Sick

I’m Nicer When I’m Sick

My eyes popped open at 5 AM this morning. As I threw my legs over the side of the bed dizziness and nauseousness hit me like a freight train. I have not felt like this in years. The nausea has subsided, the dizziness remains rendering me to a seated position indefinitely. As a result, our home life has slowed from a jog (one can’t go much faster with littles) to an awkward crawl. The girls are alternating school next to…

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Hey, New Mom, You’re Doing Great! A Letter

Hey, New Mom, You’re Doing Great! A Letter

Years ago I read a book entitled, My Hutterite Life. Within its pages were the details of life in a Hutterite colony. One practice of theirs sent me swirling. Nonchalantly, this young writer explained the happenings following a birth in the family. When a baby is born, new mom and baby stay in bed for two weeks and just BE, BOND, HEAL while other women in the family/colony descend on her home to keep it running. WHAT?! Two weeks!! As I…

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