Finding the Lovely in the Chaos

Motherhood is a chaotic business. Each day is filled with noise, lots of messes, and countless challenges. The days can be monotonous and exhausting. When faced with all the chaos, sometimes it can feel anything but lovely. Some days it's easier just to focus on the challenges. To simply clean up the messes, change the … Continue reading Finding the Lovely in the Chaos

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Why I Let My Kids Help (even when I don’t want to)

"Can I help, Mama?" I know these words are coming as soon as I start to open the box. Sigh. The truth is, I really don't want any help. I know that I can do this much faster on my own, without little hands and fifty bazillion questions and patience... so much patience. But I … Continue reading Why I Let My Kids Help (even when I don’t want to)

10 screen-free ways to keep kids entertained inside… without going crazy

The past week has been freeeeeezing here in Wisconsin. Below freezing, actually. When it gets so cold (or rainy, or hot, or whatever it is that keeps you stuck inside), it can be tricky to keep kids entertained - and keep mama from going pulling her hair out. So here are 10 screen-free ways to … Continue reading 10 screen-free ways to keep kids entertained inside… without going crazy

Raising Creative Kids: 10 ways to encourage your kids to be creative

Today is the day we're starting the Raising Creative Kids series! This isn't going to be a "post every day for a week and then never again" kind of series, but rather something that's on-going here on my blog. So you'll find a Raising Creative Kids post popping up occasionally [perhaps once a month, perhaps … Continue reading Raising Creative Kids: 10 ways to encourage your kids to be creative

Forty Toes

There are forty little toes in my house. That's not a small number.There's a lot of time put into caring for these precious little bodies. Some days it feels easier than others... though any parent will tell you that it's never actually easy. Parenting comes in seasons ... the exhausting, sleepless, just-give-me-one-moment-to-myself-please ones and the … Continue reading Forty Toes

On Motherhood

This afternoon, a dear friend stopped by my house for a visit. We chatted about her upcoming wedding plans, and I shared some things that have been going on with my kiddos. At one point, I said, "This parenting gig... it's hard. Really good, but hard." She responded, "Most things that are worthwhile usually are." … Continue reading On Motherhood