Are you afraid to call yourself a runner? Maybe you put in the miles but still think you're not enough. As a woman, own your power as a mother runner. You are strong despite what society tells you. Get out and go get 'em you mother runner!
I worked throughout my first pregnancy. I found myself writhing with chronic nausea, McDonald's burgers and licorice the only food that I could keep down for much of those 9 months. So uncomfortable the last month of my pregnancy (and no wonder with the 70+lbs I gained), I quit my job 3 weeks before the … Continue reading Pregnant Waiting
Six years ago I was given Ann VosKamp's "The Greatest Gift" Christmas Advent devotional. It stayed on a shelf for an entire year. I'd done Advent for years and years. I wasn't too keen on another book to read in the midst of such a busy season. Five years ago I opened her book and … Continue reading The Greatest Gift
What is your favorite Christmas song? I saw a friend's recent Facebook post asking favorites. Everything from Bing Crosby's White Christmas to you guessed it, Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You. My grandmother Pat LOVED Dean Martin's Let it Snow and Matt is partial to O Holy Night. My kids are fans … Continue reading What’s Your Favorite Christmas Song?
Do you feel like we are in a science fiction movie? Perhaps it's just a really bad comedy? 2020 has been the longest, shortest year of my adult life. The twists and turns of these months are like a Disney roller coaster; whipping me around bends that I didn't see coming. Did you know that … Continue reading No Filter Advent
Every year Shutterfly gifts me with a free calendar. I hold my breath waiting for the online coupon to arrive in the mail. When my kids were little, I was a faithful scrapbooker. In fact, I'd go on weekend retreats with other moms to scrapbook. We'd spend copious amounts of time cutting, decorating and creating … Continue reading Three Reasons to make a 2021 Calendar from your family’s best photos
Several weeks ago we started a basement remodel. I know, I know. Adding this huge project in the midst of a pandemic seemed a bit crazy. But we are crazy like that; what's one more thing right? The excitement was real as I trekked up and down the wood stairs, hauling box after box of … Continue reading Living with Stacks of Stuff: 2020’s lessons
Several years ago I was smack dab in the midst of a toxic work environment. Caught between the staff member I was working under and my morals, I started writing down all the things I observed. I had a full notebook by the end of the year. I took all those words, summarized them in … Continue reading You will always be too much for some and too little for others