Reading during the pandemic was just hard for me. Having the time and quiet and concentration was tricky and my brain just didn’t want to take in actual words and books most days. There is actual brain research that supports that this is a thing and you may be feeling it too. No worries, I…

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I tell my kids all the time that I don’t care how they do in life as long as they try their best. But you know what, that’s the absolute wrong thing to say right now. Sometimes trying your best is just too tall an order. I, for one, currently do not have a drop…

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Dear God, today I am coming in hot. I’m wondering…how about just smiting my enemies? Even a little smite would be satisfying. I’m tired of people being mean and uninformed and crazy and all the things I clearly NEVER AM. I would like the person in the comment section of Facebook who just cannot even…

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When your kids are little and you are in the middle of all the things you think it is going to be your life forever. This is just how you live now. You will always, always, always be caring for and serving these small people in a way that makes your body so weary and…

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I used to think the fruits of my parenting labor would show up in my kids’ behavior. I’d have kids with clean rooms and good grades that used their nicest words with each other and would sit still in church, all lined up in their Sunday best. But then I tried to wrangle 5 humans…

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Gather round loud ones, I need all of you who lay awake at 2:00am filled with worry about some random thing you have said or done to listen up. Coming out of quarantine living has made me as awkward as ever, that is just a fact. You could ask any one of the strangers I…

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If tonight you are feeling discouraged. And like the demands of the world are just too much. If you’re feeling like you don’t measure up. And everyone else seems to be killing it at all the things, their houses are cleaner, their children have it all together and certainly don’t fight over the remote and…

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My heart wasn’t ready for how this feels. We went back to some in-person teacher work this week and here is my room ready with the desks spread apart, set for my dear teachers to join me. I started the first day ready to look on the bright side. I was ready to bring the…

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