I left my phone at home and we all survived

  I have been accidentally leaving my phone at home a lot lately. I’ll race out to run errands or attend one of my children’s events and realize that I forgot it again. This being without my phone is new for me. I think one of two things is happening. The first possibility is that

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Words Matter

There were a lot of children running around and we didn’t know any of them well. It was hard to figure out which kids went with which parents and which kids were actually staying at the house where the dinner was being hosted. Katie was overwhelmed and sticking pretty close to me all evening. There

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It's Just Weather

I didn’t love the idea immediately. I flinched a little the first time I heard a yoga teacher repeat the quote by Pema Chodron, “You are the sky. The rest—it’s just weather.” It felt very close to “you are the center of the universe,” which is exactly the opposite of what I am trying to

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“Nothing Is Better Without You”

I love it when children teach me something.   Our church held it’s first ever “Spring Fling” festival on Saturday, with a kid’s zone and face painting. There were local artisans, a twirling demonstration and live music. There were also food trucks, which is very sophisticated for Watkinsville, and my friend Susan and I were

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Hey Moms: What do you love?

I woke up Friday and before I even got out of bed, I prayed: “God, please be really clear with me today. I don’t have the vision or stamina for nuance.” The night before, I had gone to sleep crying. One of my kids is being hard in the way that is my kryptonite. I

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The Sisterhood of Broody Hens

One of our hens has gone broody. This means she has hunkered down on a clutch of eggs and will not get up. She barely eats or drinks during this stretch. She won’t leave her eggs at night in order to roost up high with the other hens. If anyone messes with her, she’ll peck

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I might not have everything under control

Lately, I’ve been feeling like a duck.   Above the water, I’m carrying on as normal. I’m saying to my kids, “It’s fine. It’s all going to be fine.” I’m telling myself that everything is under control. I’m trying to appear calm. I’m using the voice I use in a medical situation, where I’m scared,

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Showing Up…for the things that I need to practice

“Won’t you miss her?” a friend asked me. We were siting at the pool, watching my daughters play. My oldest child, Caroline, was leaving on a three week adventure trip to the Pacific Northwest. She would be completely off the grid. She would spend her time exploring, kayaking, hiking, backpacking, rappelling, river rafting and camping.

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