belief · failure · faith · family · kids · marriage · mental health · Mom time · parenting

Pouring from an empty cup

Last week, in the midst of lots of moms in similar life-stages as me, I heard a theme. I’m also reading the fabulous parenting book, Bringing Up Bebe, which highlights the same theme. Of course, in my own life, I’ve been in adamant denial that this theme is a reality for me. That theme of course, is… Continue reading Pouring from an empty cup

belief · faith · family · fun · holidays · homeschool · kids · life · Mom time · parenting · planning · school

Christmas Traditions

I had the craziest realization today. Let me set the stage for you: world’s okayest mom makes goal to create lasting memories and start new traditions as part of a family Christmas, including fun, culturally-normal activities like a puppet version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Today, I took Cora, James (2) and Kent (8 months)… Continue reading Christmas Traditions

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

clean eating · healthy living · holistic medicine · kids · life · parenting

Breaking (and keeping) with trends

You may think that being a crunchy-granola mom means that I reject all mainstream ideas, or that I’m thoroughly against modern medicine. Well friends, there’s a lot more to this story. We had a little family breakthrough this week, and it’s actually thanks to a best-selling mainstream parenting book. If you haven’t read Dr. Marc… Continue reading Breaking (and keeping) with trends

parenting · special needs parenting

How to tell your kid that my kid has autism

I’m going to take a quick detour from my fun travel post to share something a sweet friend requested. One of my girlfriends, who has a child close in age to Cora (my 6 year old), has a cousin with autism. And as they get ready to host him for a visit, my sweet friend… Continue reading How to tell your kid that my kid has autism

marriage · Mom time · parenting

Happily Ever After

***WARNING*** This is a sappy post. I’m not always a fan of those. But in this case, it is entirely necessary, especially since I am celebrating a totally non-monumental wedding anniversary (it’s just been 3 years people). I know, I know. You can stop here if you have no interest. But I’ll keep going, so… Continue reading Happily Ever After

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