Why I choose to work outside the home.

I’ve been a work-outside-the-home mom for over four years now. Let me start this post by saying all moms work their tails off, and I completely respect everyone’s personal decision, whether it’s to stay home, work from home, work part time or juggle the full 8-5, M-F gig. No matter what you choose (or circumstances…

Dear daughters, the world needs love.

Dear daughters,We live in a cruel world. There are angry people. Lonely people. Sad people. People who want to destroy other people. And sometimes, they do, whether with words or weapons. So, what do we do? How can we help the world heal? Love is the answer. Love people – even the mean ones. Especially the mean…

Savoring the gifts of life and love.

Recently at work, I had the pleasure of hearing a dietitian explain how to truly savor chocolate. It sounds kind of silly at first, right? Like, find it cleverly hidden in the pantry, pop it in your mouth, and hide the evidence before your four-year-old hears the wrapper crinkle. (Just me?) But in order to…

Six things I’ve learned in eight months (with two kids).

Huh. It’s been half a year since I’ve last written. Tonight is a rarity. The four-year-old is at a basketball game with dad. The babe is asleep, the laundry abuzz, the Mumford aloud. Life is full speed, slightly chaotic and completely amazing. Adulting is simultaneously hard and beautiful. I’m young and I’m old. I’m on top…

OneWord365: Grow

2013 was all about play. 2014 was new. I picked up some new healthy habits (like running). I made more time for self-renewal, through regular exercise and reading. I started going to bed earlier, making mornings easier. We made some wonderful new friends and created new memories with our spunky two (now three) year old. And,…

Losing to gain.

I’ve written this post well over 100 times in my head and in countless personal journals throughout the years. We all have our issues in life. Unfortunately, mine is visible. I’m tired of weight occupying so much space in my mind. I’m ready to make a change. Why I’m losing to gain Skinny isn’t my goal….

(Almost) 23 months.

Willow Annistyn, when we picked your name, we thought Willow sounded sweet and Annistyn sounded sassy. While you’re certainly both, I’m happy we stuck with family tradition and kept on using your middle name. Sassy fits you, Miss Anni. These days you’re all about singing, dancing, coloring, reading and trying new things. And, you do…

Happy morning traditions.

Lately, it occurred to me: our little family loves breakfast. I’ve never, ever, ever considered myself a morning person. Before we had Annistyn, I could sleep in most of the morning, and, when given the opportunity, I would. Nowadays sleeping in is making it to 7:30 or 8 a.m. without a wake-up cry. And, I’ve…

Savoring summer.

Our little lady is toddling all over the house these days. She runs the show around here. (Which is partly why I’m a terrible blogger lately, sorry.) Summer 2013 took its sweet time in North Dakota, but we’re enjoying every moment of available sunshine. I keep thinking that this is Annistyn’s first summer, because she…

OneWord365: Play.

Last night, as we celebrated New Year’s Eve on the couch eating leftover birthday cupcakes and watching old “Parenthood” episodes, I casually asked my husband for resolution ideas. There’s always the obvious like exercise more and eat better. (Why do you think we were “getting rid of” the cupcakes before the new year?!) Get organized….