Have you ever been the new kid? Have you stood around at an event where you didn’t know anyone pretending to be on your phone? When I was little, one of my greatest fears was moving because I panicked at the thought of being totally ignored or excluded. As we begin a new school year (enjoy the 1st day of school picture of my four oldest babies), I thought it was appropriate to spend some time reflecting on both being and welcoming a stranger.(more…)
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Shortly after my husband and I started dating, one of his sisters tried to embarrass him by telling me he likes to sing and dance in front of the bathroom mirror (to a 90’s boy band, I’m certain). I just thought it was cute.
What kinds of things do we do when nobody is there is see? On the other hand, how do we act differently because we know people are watching?(more…)
Recently in reflecting on my own life I asked myself, “when am I going to have this all figured out?” My husband and I have 15 years of marriage experience and 14 years of parenting experience. We are currently raising our sixth one-year-old and honestly changing his diaper still makes me feel like a rookie.(more…)
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Who do you try to be like? Whose opinion matters to you?
When I was a kid, I really looked up to my older brother Mark. He was creative, fun, athletic, and kind. He wanted to, in the words of Thoreau, “suck the marrow out of life” and live deeply. He had a unique style and didn’t seem to care what anyone thought of it.(more…)