lessons for moms

Do as I say, not as I do: When you are a bad role model

November 22, 2013
Loose leaf tea

Shoes. Purses. Nail Polish. Kitchen Gadgets. Books. What is your weakness? Chocolate? My mom loves dishes and purses. My grandma loved yarn. My neighbor, she has bins of scrapbooking materials.  Me? Plants and tea. Not just any tea. Loose leaf, imported tea. Remember yesterday’s post? As a new, exhausted mom, I convinced my husband I […]

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Moths, Cabinets and Sin: God’s lesson in an unexpected place

August 29, 2013
struggling with sin

Without squirming, I can examine and kill, if needed, most North American spiders. I can watch ants with my girls with an equal amount of fascination. I could eat bug snacks found in other countries. So I was surprised when my Master Gardening class on pests gave me a bad dream that I still remember […]

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When You Care About Your Daughter’s Appearance More Than You Want To

July 11, 2013
Girls with their own sense of style

She said she brushed her hair and didn’t want to do it again. Observation made the statement dubious. “Mooommm! It’s only hair.” She had been playing worm with her sister under piles of blankets. She was wearing green fleece paints with penguins on it–the ones she claims are not  PJ pants.  She wanted to wear […]

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When Your Kids Aren’t Like You…

June 24, 2013
Your Kids Don't Make Sense

I’m going to start with an analogy I read in Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches, by Rachel Jankovic. Pretend you are a tomato plant and your husband is a tomato plant. You have your first child and it is a tomato plant. You are all happy little plants in your garden. Then […]

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The labels we use for our kids

April 26, 2013

I wonder if the tendency to categorize things is uniquely human? We categorize animal species, plant seeds, rocks, personality types and body shapes. It makes us feel more in control and gives us a way to organize all the information we receive. It shouldn’t surprise me then how parents try to categorize their kids. When […]

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