The Cake that Love Baked

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So about that cake. We made it, but Spring Break is not proving to be cake. Or, maybe it's that yesterday was exactly like the cake we baked (yep, that's it in the photo)! Here's what happened on our Spring Break Monday: The kids prepped and mixed all the dry ingredients. And then I raced the clock to make the frosting while the cake cooked and cooled. (The frosting recipe was about three times as big as what we needed.) All this rushing was so we could deliver the cake as a surprise for my husband, in honor of our 7th anniversary, at lunchtime. A very late … [Read more...]

Spring Break: This is Gonna be Cake, Right?

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Happy Spring Break week! Given the weekend, it’s actually Day 3 for “Camp Mommy” and the deep breathing to keep my cool for 9 days of all-day parenting has begun! (Full-time stay-at-home mamas, I bow! And, please send ideas!) The plan for Camp Mommy is to fill the week with creative activities as much for my enjoyment as for the kids’. One of the greatest gifts of my pregnancy and motherhood journey over the past 6 or so years has been finding may way back to a love of artsy and crafty things for the pure pleasure of creating. By any kind of cultural standards, I’m no artiste, but playing … [Read more...]

Losing It, for Love

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Last night, not long after Mother Earth tipped her heart toward a season of light, my daughters slipped into bed with me. Through sleepy eyes, I read 2am on the clock. We easily went back to dreaming until the 7s, when daylight drew us from beneath the sheets. We lingered, waiting until there was less than an hour, less than a half-hour, until we absolutely had to burst forth into the morning. We were blossoms celebrating the first day of spring. With incredible efficiency, we moved through the first morning rituals. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich for the little one. Cheerios for the … [Read more...]

An Equinox Treasure ~ Balance and Gratitude

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My dear friend Beth—mother, writer, web designer, photographer, a principal at Thrasher Photo & Design LLC, and all-around beautiful artiste!—recently shared an impressive, inspiring list of "little" home improvements her family made during the past few months. Well, she called them little; I think they're amazing! Here is Beth's “Fall Equinox Thankfulness List—the things we have done to make change on a small scale in our world, since summer solstice.” Canceled cable television and put an end to politics, violence, and corporate America in our home (and will save enough money to … [Read more...]

Safe Harbor Mama

Safe Harbor Mama

A few weeks ago in my weekly women's circle, our "homework" was to "try on" something we really wanted to be or do. To act as if. To practice a little fake-it-til-you-make-it. I decided to check out what it felt like to be a "safe harbor" mama. To me, that’s the kind of mother who creates a welcoming, safe place for her children, no matter what's going on. The kind of mom my kids will turn to, even when they’re older, even when they’ve really screwed something up. It’s the same basic idea as gentle, natural, or attachment parenting. Whatever you call it, I've been concerned that I'm not … [Read more...]