Spontaneous and the Enneagram {#wholemama and some nerdiness}

The enneagram has helped me embrace spontaneity a bit. I am a 1, often called a perfectionist. It was one of those things where I really wanted to be a 5 (because I like to know things) or maybe a 9 (Because peacemakers might fix the world), but alas, I am a 1 to the core (because I … Continue reading Spontaneous and the Enneagram {#wholemama and some nerdiness}

Meet My Mama: Mary Ostyn – {#Wholemama}

Sometimes when an idea starts to feel more confining than it used to it is good to talk to someone and just get a feel for how their life works if just for the sake of curiosity and sharing insight or encouragement. This is where #wholemama is taking me. I want to hear how life actually works … Continue reading Meet My Mama: Mary Ostyn – {#Wholemama}

The Less and More Life {Challenge – #Wholemama}

    When I consider my life in the light of wholeness, I am invited to grab up all the pieces of who I am or want to be and meld them together into my own one life. The challenge is knowing how to fit all the pieces in, which pieces to choose, and where to … Continue reading The Less and More Life {Challenge – #Wholemama}

Lose and Find {Five Minute Friday}

The losing and finding of all the pieces has been this motherhood journey for me. I've lost the sideline dreams of a career of some sort (for now, you know) and I've found this perpetual challenge of walking alongside my munchkins. Sitting with their tired tantrums and wishing I knew exactly the right way to … Continue reading Lose and Find {Five Minute Friday}

Shake off the Shoulds! {#wholemama}

So it's summer! It's the season for swimming, hot weather, sunscreen, growing things, early morning hiking, camping, exploring, normal life, and often anything to escape the heat. We just had our first glimpse of summer weather: 90F and above. With three little kids we have to do something to get outside everyday. They for some reason … Continue reading Shake off the Shoulds! {#wholemama}

Who is encouraging you? {#Wholemama Roundup}

A big part of my becoming in this #wholemama life has been learning who to listen to, finding voices that encourage me to be more at ease in my own skin, and taking note of the things that speak to me in a meaningful way. Kind of a record keeping of encouraging words and ideas. It's … Continue reading Who is encouraging you? {#Wholemama Roundup}

Together {#wholemama}

Tonight I made cookies just so I could eat the dough. Yes, it was that kind of evening. The kids are still (almost literally) bouncing off the walls. But at least I have cookie dough. And also 4 dozen baked cookies for when the going gets rough later this week. Or maybe just later this … Continue reading Together {#wholemama}

Mend {#Wholemama}

----- Mend is a gentle word. It takes the preexisting pieces, torn or worn, shredded maybe, and coaxes them back together. Glue, thread, buttons, patches. The kind of mending that maintains the reality of the brokenness and tucks the fraying edges into safe places as the whole piece continues to be used in the way … Continue reading Mend {#Wholemama}