family · Mom time · parenting · thoughts

It’s a calling

I have really been grappling with this lately. You know the people who do what they do because “it’s a calling,” right? The ones who work tough, heart-wrenching jobs, that seem to pay themselves in emotional dollars or spiritual goodwill. I know tons of these people. My beautiful sister leads a tremendous collegiate ministry in prayer and… Continue reading It’s a calling

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The Birthday Month Thing

Can I tell you an embarrassing story? At face value, it’s kind of impressive. And then it’s embarrassing. And then it’s a little pitiful. I have a love-hate relationship with birthdays. At least the birthdays that take place in my house. Don’t get me wrong- I like a little celebration as much as the next… Continue reading The Birthday Month Thing

parenting · planning · travel · Vacation

Enjoying a vacation with four littles…Part 2

The First Half My last post gave you a look at how we started our vacation- and yes. It was awesome. Relaxing, enjoyable, and still included all four children and four of my in-laws. The Lauren from 5 years ago would tell you that she’d be ice skating in hell before she’d go on a… Continue reading Enjoying a vacation with four littles…Part 2

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Enjoying a vacation with 4 littles

Here it is, friends. I finally put to words my amazing vacation experience. I’m actually still in awe of the fact that we not only survived, but genuinely enjoyed the trip we took with our troop. Like, I had to pull myself together to face the fact that maybe this isn’t such a big deal… Continue reading Enjoying a vacation with 4 littles

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Easy packed lunches

Oh the adventures of a #boymom. So…yesterday I spent most of my day in the ER (don’t get sympathetic on me yet…this was basically the ER from Stepford, complete with fresh coffee, leather sofas, and recessed lighting for your personal comfort) with the little man, Miss Co, and the wee baby, all thanks to my… Continue reading Easy packed lunches