The real truth about getting married young…or old…or any time

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Every few months someone will write a news article, blog post or opinion column about the joys or dangers of getting married young, with each side staunchly defending their belief that it’s either really, really good or really, really bad. Because my parents faced so much criticism for “letting” me get married at 20 years old, I’m always tempted to jump […]

How self-care makes me {and you} a better mom

Why self-care makes me {and you} a better mom

Self-care is something I’ve been blogging about more often in recent months, not because I’ve arrived in this area but because it’s something I’m learning about and experiencing myself. I’ve been writing about self-care to remind readers—and myself—of its importance and the benefits and so on—and yet it’s only been in the last few weeks that I’ve seen […]

On making plans, embracing surprises and having SIX kids

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So…never in a million years did I dream we’d be making this announcement. We felt done (D-O-N-E) after Jackson’s birth, and while I still oohed and ahhed over other people’s newborn babies, I was pretty much okay with no more of my own. However, after some weird symptoms and a late period, I picked up […]

Savor the moments and fill your soul

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It’s 8pm the night before the clocks spring forward and I’m in bed, especially desperate to fall asleep knowing that I’ll lose an hour of sleep tonight even if the baby has a good night. It’s been a full day that started during my “quiet” early morning hours when our youngest daughter started throwing up […]