You know what’s funny about when you have kids? When you have kids, you get to see a direct reflection of yourself. Children have this way of simplifying situations while simultaneously causing chaos. It is a beautiful chaos, not right in that moment but you will see the beauty of it later down the line. My son opened my eyes to the best and worst parts of myself. He shows me so clearly, beautifully and sometimes painfully what I should work on, change or celebrate without even knowing he is doing so....more
As fast as they excitedly walked up to drive the tractor, they were equally rushed to leave it. In that moment, it dawned on me for a repeated time: we are constantly so busy getting the best pictures for the notorious annual Facebook celebrations that we are forgetting to have the memories that drive these pictures in the first place. "Go sit on that pumpkin! Put your face in that scarecrow head hole! Hold your pumpkin and smile in the great lighting! Ok let's go home and upload these..."
I'm a Stay-At-Home-Mom. I could tell you that this was the plan all along. That I always knew that this is how we would raise our family. But that isn't how it happened. A series of choices led our family to this place, but underneath the practicalities and the logistics there was a feeling. A feeling of insecurity in my own childhood that I wanted to keep my own children from having. I've built my life around my kids' schedules. ...more
This afternoon I stopped at the day care to pick up miss Alivia. While I was gathering her bag and jacket, I checked her cubby for any papers that may have been placed there. Today instead of the usual drawings and notes, I found a bag full of food. Not sure what it was, I stopped in a nearby classroom and asked "What is this?" "It's from Blessings in a Backpack - if you don't want it just leave it in the cubby."...more
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