The danger of snap judgements

NOTE: As we welcome Lucas Isaiah to our family and adjust to life as a family of eight, I'll be sharing some of my very favorite posts from the thousands of posts in our archives. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed reading back through them once again! A few weeks ago,…

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On Pumping and Bottles, Formula and Shame

As I type this, I am currently attached to a hospital grade double breast pump, listening to the rhythmic sounds of the pump as my milk fills the bottles. In some ways, the journey to this place has been a whirlwind, well off the path I planned to take. But in hindsight, I can see…

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What drowning really looks like

It's been three years now, and I can still clearly see it happening in my mind. As we head into another summer, I can't help but share this post once again: Earlier this summer I read a post about what drowning really looks like. This weekend, I saw it for myself. We spent the day…

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What’s Wrong with a Little Mommy Guilt?

The following guest post is from Selena of IamFlourish.com: There isn’t a mother out there that doesn’t struggle with some form of mommy guilt. Am I right? It's such a prevailing feeling that there are tons of blog posts and articles that talk about ways to dispel this guilt. I, myself, have written various posts…

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Don’t Wish Away the Years…But Know That It Gets Easier

There are some great posts in the archives that don't get much attention anymore, so I'm sharing my favorites to keep them from getting lost in cyberspace. I am constantly amazed by how much easier life is today than it was a few years ago, and I hope this will be encouraging for those of…

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On Buying New Underwear…and Making Time for Your Art

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It's always a privilege to guest post at Simple Mom, and this week I'm sharing my thoughts about moms and our reluctance and guilt when it comes to taking care of ourselves: I feel guilty every time I buy new underwear. Yep, as ridiculous as it may be, I find myself feeling like I shouldn’t…

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On Living a Good Life in Spite of Worry & Fear

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Allstate for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. With today's global community -- made possible by the internet, 24/7 news channels and social media sites -- it seems like we're more aware than ever about the inherent danger of simply living here on planet…

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Food Choices Are Not a Moral Issue

Today I'm guest posting over at Keeper of the Home about food choices as a moral issue: Even the staunchest real-food advocates among us have probably experienced it at one time or another…the glare – virtual or in person – of someone who disagrees with an "inferior" choice we're making. The current food culture in…

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Giving Up Control and Finding Freedom as a Parent

The following post is from Laura Oyer, co-author of Spirit-Led Parenting: Schedule.  Pattern.  Ritual.  Oh, they make me feel so safe. Each morning, I apply my makeup from the right side of my face to the left, and curl my hair from the left side to the right.  Always.  My husband and I have a…

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The Hardest Month of My Life

December of 2008 was one of the hardest months of my life. The end of the month found me curled up on the couch on Christmas day, emotionally and physically exhausted in the wake of three weeks of the stomach flu (including an ER trip for Sean), the death of a family friend and then…

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