This Is My Body

https://flic.kr/p/2koQs6z It was just a regular day today: the kind of beautiful spring day where it’s in the 30s in the morning but the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and all the trees are green. After breakfast, we had our usual routine of diaper changes and siblings screaming over whose mommy I am…

I’m Here to Make You Uncomfortable

https://flic.kr/p/2kHZPtr I saw one of those ubiquitous “Moms, you need to do more self care and no, showering and using the bathroom a few times daily doesn’t cut it!” articles the other day on Facebook. I didn’t actually read the article, because that idea has been written about by virtually every mommy site in existence…

Remembering in Advent

This time of year is always hard for me. Nearly all of America goes crazy for consumerism and shopping abounds. And while we’re fortunate this year to have more than we’ve ever had before, there are still times I wish we had more.  I still remember the year we came back to the U.S. after…

Voiceless

Sometimes I feel like I’m shouting into the void. That no one cares what I think, or write, or have to say.  Sometimes I think it’s always been like this. Because I was born a girl in a family of boys, because I was quiet instead of assertive, because I believed what I was told.…

My Children Are Always Angels: Mothering in the Movies

So what I want to know is--why do we have movies about beautiful people, amazing people, superheroes, love stories, work stories, detectives, politics, and "reality TV," but we can't make good stories that include small children and show them as people too? I get it--no one wants to watch a movie that's only about four meltdowns over the wrong water cup and the pregnant mother NOT being a superhero and actually just being tired and swollen and wanting a nap. We have social media for that, after all.

The Greatest Job in the World

I’d like to think of motherhood as the greatest job in the world. The most fulfilling. The most rewarding. You’re shaping tiny humans whom you gave life to, right? And so daily life ought to be a series of similarly life-giving activities. Peaceful learning sessions. Active outside time. Kisses and hugs and smiles. Basically one giant stock photo.

A Random Post About a Birthday

Nearly every day I walk by the Little Free Library at our local community garden and look at all the books. Sometimes I pull one out and leaf through it, trying to recapture the elusive feel of getting a new-to-me book (for free!) and eagerly falling into the story. Then I give up and put…