Category Archives: Parenting

Assume the Best, Expect the Best

When you become a parent, it’s hard. You’re in over your head. You have a new person living with you and they’ve never lived with…well, anyone; they don’t know how to be a good roommate. They puke all over you … Continue reading

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False modesty

I have a navel ring now. I got it yesterday. But don’t worry. I still love Jesus. I wasn’t sure if I should talk about this or not. I have been very concerned with modesty and how it plays out … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time…Later…

So…Gandalf comes back and he’s all cool and powerful and wise. And…they all lived happily ever after? Nope. That’s when the action of the story really gets going. See, Gandalf needed to become the white wizard because he would need … Continue reading

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Lesson 1 from George MacDonald

I have recently started reading “The Lost Princess” (aka “The Wise Woman”, “A Double Story” and several other titles) by George MacDonald out loud to my daughter. Usually over tea or a snack. The pertinent quote: “As she grew up, … Continue reading

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Africa, Culture Shock and Integrating the Second Child

My friend Kate came to visit us this week. She gets a whole name mention because she is a Kate…one of the ones who has helped me find my own Kateness over the years. When we first became friends we … Continue reading

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Normalizing Different

The “popular kids” and I have never been what you’d call close. In high school and beyond I have usually had a somewhat adverse reaction to doing what was mainstream just because. Even when I tried to blend in I … Continue reading

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Our Girly Dynamics

So, I love my daughter. But I have some bad moments. Dramatic moments. The other day I reinjured my foot because I stamped it in a fit of anger during a silly argument with her. Aforementioned argument ended with both … Continue reading

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The Emotional Palette Revisited

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have come to think of feelings as different paint colors on a palette. The painting we are working on is our emotional interaction with the world around us. We all start out … Continue reading

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The Five Words that Saved My Sanity: “They have a Different Mommy”

We are going through an adjustment in our family.  E. has recently noticed that other children act differently than she does.  So she’s been exploring integrating any random behavior she sees into our lives.  This is lovely when she asks … Continue reading

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Ramblings About My Kiddo: Weaning and Other (Mis)adventures

Well, the last vestiges of baby-hood seem to have fallen away from my girl one by one over the past couple of months.  I think of her just three months ago and it’s like she’s a different kid.  There have … Continue reading

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