Go Ahead, Walk Away

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It’s Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she’s asking, “What are you walking away from?” I have walked away from my yoga mat when the chatter in my mind got too loud and mean. I have walked away from my children when my heart started to blacken with anger that threatened to seep toward my hands. I have walked away from my husband when neither of us could find words that would do anything other than pierce our hearts. And I have returned to each with greater and deeper gratitude. Thank God. That's my prayer and my wish: Thank the heavens and her stars … [Read more...]

The Moods of a Mama

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It’s Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she’s asking, “How do you wish to grow?” I wish to grow more mindful of my moods. Especially for when I am solo parenting, I want to grow more connected to my inner compass. I wish to grow a better sense of how I’m moving through my mothering moods… Happy and engaged with the children Interested in the kiddos’ activities Vaguely aware of their requests Distracted Actively tuning out their 1,000th request for peanut butter Slightly annoyed at being asked for help yet again Irritated at their fussing … [Read more...]

Self-Care from Ahhh to Zzzz

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So I was thinking I'd change the name of this Mamahhh blog to Mamazzzz once I've mastered self-care. :-) OK, not really, but those ZZZs? That is the epitome of excellent self-care for me: consistently great sleep. What is first-rate self-care for you? Self-care is an ahhh to zzzz kind of practice (and ample ahhhs usually lead to the best zzzzs), and I'm excited to spend all day tomorrow talking about this crucial topic with women in Athens, Georgia. In the morning, we'll check in at the Georgia La Leche League 2012 Breastfeeding and Parenting conference. Snuggles, shared laughs, … [Read more...]

Family Living … Abroad!

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It’s Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she’s asking, “What do you wish to try?” Someday, someway, somehow, I'd like to try to live abroad with my family. Not long -- 6 months, maybe a year. A sabbatical to immerse us in another language, another culture, another way of living in community, and another way of relating with each other as a family. I envision such a sabbatical giving our family a memorable, meaningful experience together, sweetly knitting together our binding ties with love and a little spirit of adventure. I see our children being old enough … [Read more...]

What I Want

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It’s Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she’s asking, “What do you wish to ask for?” I must admit, what I want is pretty simple, ridiculously traditional, and not entirely necessary. But I'd absolutely adore having a white picket fence. And while I'm asking, how about a deck, too. My home is blessed with a nice-enough yard (Landscapers, shush please. Weedy and a little overgrown is OK by us!), but we have no fence. And the previous owner had a handicap accessible ramp on the back of the house. With a little carpentry creativity, I can see how we'd turn it into … [Read more...]