a hopeful alternative to bad days and good days

In our house, with these three little kids, we can get a little dramatic. To say the least. My kids will groan loudly about how terrible their day is just because they have to put away a toy, do a job, or -heaven help us - find and put on their shoes. Much to my … Continue reading a hopeful alternative to bad days and good days

Process over Progress – making goals with kids in mind.

This year I want to do things with my kids a little more. It's not a new thing. In the past I've made goals like: "Do something with the kids everyday." "Play more games." "Teach them to read." "Read to them every day." But these small goals always seem to go by the wayside after … Continue reading Process over Progress – making goals with kids in mind.

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}