Parenting

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Setting the Conditions

Justin and I met at an alcohol-laden Christmas Party. I showed up with a handful of friends after celebrating the holidays barhopping at the infamous pubs in our hometown. It was already sort of late in the evening and the festivities were dying down when we...

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The Girl Abides

Last week was super weird. No specific reason, or maybe a ton of little reasons. My birthday was on Tuesday and for as much as I spent the last year thinking I was a year older than I am, it was a lovely surprise to...

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Boys Will Be Joys

// This post is sponsored by Target. My childhood was immersed in the colorful world of little girl’s toys. My sister and I played happily with baby dolls, Barbie dolls, My Little Ponies, baby carriages and play kitchens. My memories are saturated in make believe with...

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Silent Scripture

Lately I'm bringing my larger camera everywhere with me. Along with my iPhone that is saddled with a camera roll holding over 10,000 photos on it, I carry a digital SLR with a somewhat larger lens that makes it a very heavy and awkward accessory. Slung...

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Timeless Treasures

It’s no secret to anyone that we spend a great deal of time together. Between our youngest, Evvie, Beau and Theo, Jack and Zoe, we are pretty much always rotating blocks of time with each child amongst my husband and myself. Mornings are spent piled...

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Life Well Nourished

Successful parenting as a mother of four children starts with the very basics, cohesively mapped out within the framework of a day. I try to be as flexible as possible within that particular framework, but I find that if everyone knows what to expect, our...

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Lead The Way

Parenting a little girl has been a bit of a surprisingly confusing new challenge for me. So many of the everyday guidance pieces that already reside within my wheelhouse have either presented themselves proudly and abundantly or have surprised me by being a bit harder to...

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A Careful Journey

I admit that personal care hasn't been at the top of my priority list for much of my life. I was lucky enough to be able to allow it to be a second thought unless it came down to my pants size, propelling concern over...

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Holidays Personified

Each year the bigger holidays seem to take on a new form. Justin and I stay up late baking and preparing the baskets, hiding the eggs, setting the stage for the happy moments to take form and play out at dawn. It's a cornucopia of...

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Living Mindfully

Being a mother, for me, means always being “on”. I am the lighthouse in the night and the horizon during the day. I am the mooring, ready and available to each of my four children, some more than others but ever present in my facilities....

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Break for Spring

It doesn't happen often, but every once in a while we get to take the kids to breakfast. It's different than a lunch from a deli or a dinner in a packed taqueria. Breakfast is an art form of it's own, and on Sundays it's...

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With Peaceful Intention

This weekend we decided to take the kids to the beach on which we were married for a few days. It's somewhat secluded and always peaceful; Close enough to home to make it a doable staycation, far enough to hear my brain literally power down...

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