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Trying to Build Rhythm Into Our Days

Now that Fall is coming, our days are a little more predictable. I’ve been trying to find ways to bring a little more order and routine into our days. Life with a two-year-old can be (and maybe should be) a little unpredictable. While I don’t want to rule out spontaneous trips to the playground or…

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2 Lessons on Life with a Now-Toddler

People told me that when my baby started walking, my life would change. They said this with warning in their voices. But so far, this new toddling phase is awesome. Liam was never an easygoing baby. He preferred constant interaction and attention. Now that he is walking everywhere, he is becoming more self-entertained, something I…

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Finding Work in the Rest and Play

We were walking down our porch steps for the millionth time. At thirteen months, Liam still needs a lot of help getting up and down steps, but he loves them. I held his hands as we walked down again, trying to maintain cheerfulness in my voice. But really, I was frustrated. This was not one…

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Making Today a Better Day

Jon had the morning off, and it was on track to be a wonderful day. Then Liam went down for his nap two hours later than usual. This was fine, but I decided to spend naptime resting (due to a poor night of sleep) rather than conquering my to-do list. It was a mistake. I spent…

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Is My Clutter Coming from Entitlement?

  I used to be obsessed with organizing solutions. However, I think I mostly just rearranged my clutter. I finally found relief from the perpetual problem by getting rid of stuff, thinking carefully about what we bring into our home, and finding the best place for items. However, we still have piles that develop, and…

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Just a [Insert Your Job Title Here]

I don’t often use the phrase “stay-at-home mom” because it pulls in so many negative associations and debates. I also feel it doesn’t really do justice to what I do in a day (do our job titles ever?). But though I always wanted to stay home when we had children and am so thankful I can,…