When children are little and get into conflict, we often take for granted that they aren't developmentally ready for nuanced conversations. We may separate them, confiscate whatever toy they were fighting over, and when we feel like there has...
Naptime is a mother's best friend. It's the short vacation that you need to survive, the chance to secretly eat some chocolate, and psych yourself up for the rest of the day. It's the only quiet moment that you...
As our family draws closer and closer to another deployment I am preparing as usual. I am updating my emergency information, writing down when and how my husband normally does his chores and setting a monthly alarm for the...
A few years ago we would only share this with our closest friends: we don't celebrate Christmas. We eased our families into our decision not to participate in the tradition. I still decorated for the first couple of years of...
I'm past the roommate stage in life. Well, I thought I was. But I wasn't.  Recently I moved in with another single mom. We were both in the same position looking for apartments and needing to downsize. Bills are expensive!...
Well, despite what we thought in March about how long COVID would stick around, the reality is that it is still hanging out and the holiday season is rapidly approaching. Mamas, this is a tough one for me. The...
I'm no runner, but today feels like it's about mile 12 of a full marathon...not even to the halfway point. And we're gonna need some sustenance to survive. In that spirit, we have compiled a list for you: Election...

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Until now, I can't remember a time in my 40 years of existence on this planet that I've felt like I'm carrying so much. So much stress. So much anxiety. So many plates spinning while I run around frantically...
  No seriously, frozen nuggets. As in, he opens the freezer pulls out the bag of Tyson Dinosaur Nuggets, and starts gnawing on it like a frozen ice pop. And when you stare at him in complete horror (as any...
Let me preface this by saying I've been in a small group for a few months now, where we are studying the enneagram and how it can help us understand ourselves and others better, thus allowing us to extend...
The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for seven months now. Yep, you read that right: SEVEN. MONTHS.  And, if you're like me, you've experienced moments of pure joy, extreme sadness, and basically every other emotion in between, sometimes all...
I've always loved babies. I have pictures of myself at 11, holding and obsessing over tiny little babies. I took care of them every week at church and babysat all my friends' kids for years. I had friends who...

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Ultimate COVID-Aware Birthday Party Guide

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Many things in our worlds have changed over the past 12 months, but one thing has not: a mama's love for her babies. Celebrating...