Motherhood

Pseudo Passions

I’m not happy with my blog post today. It has way more questions than it does answers. It is just my raw, uncut worries at this point with no real conclusions. I’d hoped that by writing about my concerns I might be able to find some clarity, but this time I haven’t been able to tie everything neatly up in a little bow by the end.…

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Serving Mom

If there were such a thing as homeschool police, I could have been busted yesterday. My kids did little to no school work. They played outside all morning and then served mom in the afternoon.…

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Learning Lifeskills

In addition to my kids’ regular morning routine and daily responsibilities, I like to give them a “lifeskill” to do most days in our homeschool curriculum.…

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One Coin. Two Sides.

Do you ever find yourself wishing your husband or your kids were different — that they had different personality traits or characteristics? Just yesterday I was thinking how I wished my husband would notice more of what I do.…

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Teamwork

I’ve recently acknowledged something about my mothering feelings. I don’t enjoy serving my children. I don’t hate it or resent it either, but serving my children doesn’t bring me joy. I know some women love doing everything for their kids, but that is not me. Now that confession may thrust me into the “bad person” camp, but it is where I am at right now.…

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Family Challenges

Last September our family did a Technology Detox. We shared the same goal, the same vision, the same plan, and the same frustrations. I enjoyed us all working together to better our family. I found it rewarding and enlightening to be united in purpose and action. So for 2016 our family is implementing the idea of a different family focus and a family challenge each month. The focus will be an overarching theme such as a virtue, quality, or life skill and the challenge will be the specific task to complete. The challenge should stretch us and make us sacrifice, but not be so bad that we all hate our lives and each other. Here is our yearly outline: JANUARY Family Focus: Finances Family Challe…

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Nailed It

I have to say I think I nailed family pictures this year. And I think I nailed family pictures because I approached them differently than I had in years past. I didn’t need to remember a gorgeous location or coordinated outfits. I didn’t need perfection; I just needed record of these people, at this time, at this age, with these faces.…

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We Are Important

I got to spend 7 days in Hawaii with my hubby. It was heaven. My college-age niece came and stayed with my kids for the week at our house. I had her cook meals, clean house, drive carpool, and do homeschool. As I typed up the week’s schedule for her, I had an overwhelming sense of awe for what mothers do on any given day. Simply put, we are rock stars. I was nervous that my niece would never want to have kids after spending a week at my house. Not because my kids are bad, but because motherhood is WORK. I was anxious to check in with her to see how she was surviving. I texted my niece after her first full school day with the kids. (She had already spent a weekend with them.) I asked, &…

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Getting It Together

Our family has decided we need to get it together. Again. Just like we have several times before. Ha. But isn’t that life? You’ve got it down. Then you don’t. You’re together and then you’re not. You’re on a roll and then you stumble. Well, we were in an off cycle there for awhile. Maybe it was dad’s traveling or spring sports or the moving blues. No matter the cause, I was ready to stop making excuses and make some changes. So I used the car ride down the canyon to a baseball game to hold a family council. I asked the kids, “In what areas could our family improve?” There were some blank stares and some silence and then the conversation s…

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Begin Again

Yesterday didn’t go so well. My morning started off with a groggy, grouchy 5 year-old boy coming into my room yelling, “The tooth fairy didn’t come! Why didn’t she come!?!”…

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