I’m sorry I’m late. I’m sorry my house is a mess. I’m sorry but I have to bail on our plans. I’m sorry I forgot. I’m sorry I didn’t have time. I’m sorry. I show up, kids in tow, an apology already on my lips. I’m embarrassed about something: the mismatching shoes on my toddler … Continue reading Motherhood + Apologies
I’ve been competitive as long as I can remember. I just honestly thought everyone around me was always competing with me. I assumed everyone was side-eyeing me, trying to get the edge. In first grade I was one of a handful of kids who started writing our names on every upcoming page in our workbook … Continue reading I like to win
I need a way to measure my “goodness” as a mom that helps me gauge how I am doing on a day-to-day basis but doesn’t burden me with pressure I can’t handle. Continue reading Am I a good mom?
This morning my friend Amy Gannett posted my short little meditation on Finding Dory & teaching our kids to find their own way in the world. Her website Tiny Theologians sells the most beautiful children’s theology tools, which are all thoughtfully designed by Amy. She is a scholar & has impeccable design taste, so her … Continue reading Finding Your Way Home
I like to take credit for my garden but really the bees do most of the work. Every time I pull together a bouquet of flowers, every cucumber my kids pick and eat straight off the vine, every string bean I snap into a bowl for dinner is courtesy of the bees and all … Continue reading The Glory of Being Taken for Granted
My daughters’ lives are still blank pages. Every day they have new dreams for the future. Art teacher. Missionary. Mom with 10 kids (5 boys and 5 girls, to be precise). Librarian. Store clerk. Wildlife photographer. The girl who cleans teeth at the dentist’s office. I don’t know what to tell my daughters. I know … Continue reading What do I tell my daughters?
When I quit my job to stay home with my kids, I didn’t have a great plan for living on less. I’ve learned to live on the unpredictable waves of a gift economy, where the math never quite adds up but we stay afloat nonetheless. Continue reading Staying afloat
Honeybees don’t know it but they actually work for us. Honeybees are some of the busiest creatures in the kingdom. The drones spend their short lives seeking out incredibly small quantities of nectar to bring back to the hive, collecting this nectar from dozens of flowers every day. The sweet result of their work … Continue reading The Honeybee Homemaker
Let’s pretend you get a quarter every day. Let’s say this quarter represents the amount of influence you can have over other people each day. Maybe you’re at work where you see the same people every day. You influence them simply by being with them every day. You add a quarter’s worth of influence every day … Continue reading Investing Influence
You insist on being noticed wherever you appear Optimistic yellow in a sea of green I had a teacher who told me They were only weeds if you didn’t want them. That even dandelions could belong in a bouquet If you invited them. You seek them out, stopping to collect them from hillsides … Continue reading To Claire (As Daring as Dandelions)