On Boredom and Parenting and Why I’m Giving Up My Smart Phone

If I told you that I was giving up my smart phone, you’d probably think it was a temporary action for Lent. But I don’t do Lent. And I don’t do temporary. I’m learning that being a parent means being transparent. You can’t hide from your kids. (Sometimes even literally, unless your closet has doorsContinue reading “On Boredom and Parenting and Why I’m Giving Up My Smart Phone”

To Kill the Mockingbird

I am content. Never in my life have I been so happy and at peace and full of what I’ll call “easy” joy. Being a stay-at-home wife and (now) mom has been far more exciting and beautiful than I thought it would. I’m used to anxiety and an ever-underlying depression. I’m not used to suchContinue reading “To Kill the Mockingbird”

What is Skinny, and Why Do I Want It?

Water. Steamy, soapy water covers my body as Pandora plays outside the shower curtain. This evening I am in no rush and am just enjoying being. I see the stripes across my hips; I laugh because they resemble crackling flames more than stretch marks. I kinda like them, actually. Post-partum has been very kind toContinue reading “What is Skinny, and Why Do I Want It?”

Intolerance: Get Off the Fence

  Intolerance. It sounds like such a harsh word. It almost sounds hateful. If you really think about it, though, there are many things in life that we should not tolerate. Things like kidnapping children, burglaries, temper tantrums, and running over old ladies crossing the street. So what defines what we should and should notContinue reading “Intolerance: Get Off the Fence”

Sleepless in Pajamas

Sometimes I think I spend more time awake in bed than I do sleeping in it. But I really don’t mind, because in those quiet, dark moments, God tends to corner me–pillows and blankets and all–and we usually have good conversations. It’s amazing to me how He answers questions. I find it’s often through aContinue reading “Sleepless in Pajamas”

Banana to Your Head

Last night was the second night this week that I haven’t fallen asleep until 1am. The first night I was in bed before 9pm, and managed to complete two crossword puzzles, compose a poem, and make two snack trips to the kitchen before sleep came. Last night I was snug as a bug, perfectly cozy,Continue reading “Banana to Your Head”

An Attitude of Intrigue

A friend recently posted about a job opportunity she was excited about, and how it had fallen through. Her attitude towards the situation was one of peace and “patient endurance”, however, rather than bitterness or shaking an angry fist at God. This has happened to me on many occasions, so I can readily identify. Heck,Continue reading “An Attitude of Intrigue”

What Happened to the Rebelutionists?

It’s an ice cream and Ginger Ale night. The problem with going to bed late one night is that the next day all you want to do is sleep…and then by the time bedtime actually rolls around, huh, you’re not tired. Thus begins a vicious cycle which I’m hoping to avoid, but not tonight. WhileContinue reading “What Happened to the Rebelutionists?”

Hard-to-Smile Hope

I love the holiday season. For me, it evokes memories of baking cookies, playing Christmas cassette tapes (*gasp*), putting lights around the house with my dad, decorating the tree…and spending every other day vacuuming the fallen pine needles from the carpet. There were Christmas parties and paper snowflakes and gingerbread men to be frosted, thereContinue reading “Hard-to-Smile Hope”