Sometime in the 1 o’clock hour the other night, a child began crying for me. Well, no, it wasn’t crying, exactly. It was screaming bloody murder. I have always been a little impressed when a parent can go from fast asleep dreaming to racing down the hall- both to tend to the restless child, … [Read more...] about This mothering life? Harder Than I Ever Imagined.
This new year has begun how most of them do: both slowly- with 360 days ahead of us still; and with the drop of a ball- so sudden. Such hope. New year, new you, right? Do you feel new yet? Oh, it’s all over the place, isn’t it though- these ways to become new. There’s the way of organization … [Read more...] about In the Midst of All of These New Year’s Resolutions, This is the Only Thing That Really Counts
The car wouldn’t start this morning. A simple problem in the scheme of things, a first world problem really, as they say. But nonetheless, it was my engine that chugged, my car that wouldn’t turn over, my schedule that got rearranged that day. And so I sit in the front seat, hoping against … [Read more...] about All Is Well, After All: On Advent, Hope, and the World On Fire
Late afternoon, hungry babies, I stand distracted and twelve different places in a single moment. I’m in the kitchen, meat frying in the skillet, wiping down the counters, thinking about problems and worries and decisions, and spending minutes I don’t have on social media, because that, of … [Read more...] about When You Feel Divided and Overwhelmed, Look Here
Were you to ask how I’ve been doing, I’d probably say fine. Because really, we’re fine, it’s been fine. Hasn’t it all been fine? And then it’s entirely obvious we’re not fine at all. I wouldn’t say I’ve been completely aware of all of the things building into this crescendo, because so much of … [Read more...] about This is the kind of love that will heal a broken heart
I was riding in the back seat of a friend’s station wagon in the fourth grade the first time I thought that my body wasn’t good enough. We were on our way home from soccer practice, side by side eating oranges and drinking capri suns and I looked down and I noticed that my thighs were wider than … [Read more...] about Is what we’ve been given really good enough? Thoughts on a woman’s body