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...]

Family Living … Abroad!

Family Living Abroad

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...]

Wishcasting Wednesday: Healthy Wishes

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It’s Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she’s asking, “What do you wish for your health?” I wish to feel vital and vibrant, at ease in my body. Specifically, I wish to be free of upper respiratory problems and the many months of coughing that have come along with that. I’m following a lot of advice from the Clean program, a dietary detox that seems to work well for me. The first time I did the detox, I got really clear about how meaningful it was to me, emotionally, to have a really good dinner with my family. That’s an important connecting time for us, and … [Read more...]

Wishcasting: Patience and Presence

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It's Wishcasting Wednesday over at Jamie Ridler Studios. This week she's asking, "What do you wish to know?" I wish to know which moments with my daughters will become their memories. First memory, best memory, most powerful memory, funniest, happiest, sweetest, worst memory ... Which moments will forever shape the arc of their stories, the ones they'll tell to a best friend or a first love? If I knew that, would I speak differently? Laugh more? Reprimand less? Make more magic? I wish for the patience and presence to create a multitude of sparkly moments and sweet memories with my … [Read more...]