Two Years through My Lens

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A lot can change in two years. From the budding of communication with its grunts and points and attempts and words, to the full blossoming of conversation. From the unsteady toddling of little feet, to the sure-footed exploring of little boys. From "Mama" to "Mommy" to "Mom." From "Up?  Up?" to "I did it, Mom, look!" But, thankfully, in two years, some things stay the same. July 2012   And...July 2014. The July 2012 image of … [Read more...]

Fathers and Sons

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Just a few quick images of the "Three Generation Father's Day Photo Shoot" the boys let me indulge in this weekend.  I think this little outing was, perhaps, more of a gift for me, but they were troopers and went along with it. Here are a few of my favorites of a few of my favorites. Still can't believe the double smiles from the boys in that first photo.  But then again, when you're on the farm with Papaw and Daddy, what's not to smile about, really.  Also, in that first photo, they … [Read more...]

Refilling

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Summer...at long, long last...is here.  A meteorologist friend of mine says that this Chicago summer with its cool temperatures and refreshing breezes may in fact be just a break between winters.  This warmth is toying with us, really.  A mere flirtation with no real intentions of any sort of commitment. Most likely, and unfortunately, my friend is probably right. And I've been away from this place a bit.  Away from this screen.  Away from the twitter and the Facebook and the constant … [Read more...]

Millennial Dad – Honoring Dad with the CaringBridge #theother364 Campaign

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CaringBridge. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Not too long ago, I shared a little bit about how while my husband is great on the other 364 days of the year, Mother's Day has not always been his forte.  Well, I have since learned that the secret to a lovely Mother's Day is first, changing one's perspective and second, writing about how you don't really expect breakfast in bed. … [Read more...]

To Mother

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{Mother, Verb – To Mother – To watch over, to nourish, to protect maternally.} To mother is to worry, to correct, to encourage.  To mother is to rise with the sun or the first coo or cry of the morning.  To mother is to fumble along with tired eyes going through the motions of toasting the waffles and pouring the milk and measuring the coffee. To mother is to grow accustomed to a luke-warm cup. To mother is to hustle little feet along so as to get them to the church on time.  To mother … [Read more...]

On Mother’s Day – Shifting {My} Focus

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I have an expectation problem.  A big one.  A few times a year, as special holidays approach (and by "special" I mean the ones that are supposed to be about me) I start to imagine all the ways I will be honored and surprised and showered with gifts.  I imagine the parade, I anticipate the pampering and the pedicure, and I contemplate how I will have my eggs prepared for my breakfast in bed.  So perhaps it is no surprise that I am usually disappointed. And, Oh, Mother's Day.  How I love/hate … [Read more...]

A Guest Post for Grace for Moms – On Grief and Gratitude

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This time, he didn’t bring home flowers.  But in his defense, I took the phone call.  And I already knew. This baby was not meant to be. The first time around, when we conceived our twins, we didn’t “cheat” and take a home test. We faithfully waited until the second of two blood tests and the phone call so that the nurse could tell us the news we’d waited years to hear. You are pregnant.   Except in our case, it was my husband who took the call and the words he heard were, … [Read more...]

Resolve to Know More – 10 Essentials that Help Me Survive Infertility

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This week is National Infertility Awareness Week.  In order to help break the silence that often accompanies a diagnosis of infertility, I want to share a bit of my experience and hopefully add to the conversation.  Because, although I am a mom of twins, I am also infertile.  This means, that in nearly four years of trying to make babies (and 10 years of not actively preventing the making of babies), my husband and I have made exactly zero babies...on our own.  However, with the help of some … [Read more...]

My Summer Reading List and “Carry On, Warrior” Giveaway

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{See bottom of post for easy giveaway instructions.} Ahhh...summer.  Even though there is still a bit of snow here in Chicagoland and the air is still wicked cold and my legs are still pastey white, a girl can dream, right?  And oh, sister, I am.  After getting though the next month which entails the taking of finals and the putting on of church resales and the co-preaching of sermons on Mother's Day (insert nervous jittery face here), I am so longing for a day of indulging. In … [Read more...]

Ten Highlights from My First Festival of Faith and Writing

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This weekend, I attended my first Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids, MI.  It is a pretty safe bet to call this my first, as it was such an amazing and well-planned event.  I am definitely planning to return.  The quality of the speakers, writers, and authors was beyond impressive.  And while my head is still in that fog-like state that results from such whirlwind weekends and such overloading of inspiration,  I have tried here to piece together a highlight reel of sorts while the … [Read more...]