A little independence {Whole Together Family 22/31}

The kids were adamant they wanted to go the steep way. The trail the just goes straight up one of our most frequented hills has always been their favorite. I tend to beg off because I end up carrying someone, the one with the shortest legs who shall not be named, at least part of … Continue reading A little independence {Whole Together Family 22/31}

Mom life vs your life? {Whole Together Family 13/31}

Mom-guilt is an actual thing and I hate it. I am constantly wondering if I am doing enough or if I need to do more or if the kids are happy enough or not. And any other plethora of worries that may or may not make anyone happier if followed up on. Often included in … Continue reading Mom life vs your life? {Whole Together Family 13/31}

Woman {Five Minute Friday}

Woman. That is what I am. Though I shrink to hear the way the word is sometimes used to manipulate, control, and order. I am woman. But I am also free and strong and here. I believe myself capable of many things. At times the weight of 'woman' pulls me under my capability. I should … Continue reading Woman {Five Minute Friday}

Done and Free {Five Minute Friday}

I'm done. Done wondering if I'm allowed to do this or that or if I can. Instead I'll be thinking about how I will and what goes on under the surface of pursuing this or that or that or the other. Done with expectations based on cultural stereotypes and "this-is-how-you-should's. I'm done telling myself I can't … Continue reading Done and Free {Five Minute Friday}

And we continue on. {wholemama faith}

Where is the line that draws between the middle of what was and what is? The line that marks the turning of a head to glance behind or the focusing of the eyes on things at hand? How do we keep ourselves in careful love of present and not fall to always wondering what might have been … Continue reading And we continue on. {wholemama faith}

On Being Gentle {Heather Caliri for #wholemama}

(Heather speaks a language and knows a way that sings softly alongside my own inner experience - echoing grace, freedom, and calm into the worn and tired places. I am so happy to be able to share her words with you all today! Enjoy and be blessed!) By Heather Caliri ----- When my oldest daughter was a … Continue reading On Being Gentle {Heather Caliri for #wholemama}

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}