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Wholeness, in Parts

I texted a group of mom friends this question: During the crazy holiday season, how do you create peace and wholeness – shalom – for your family?  One mom responded that she needed some time to think about it and would get back to me; another sent a series of emojis: a wine glass, a champagne bottle and an umbrella drink. (Yes, sometimes getting through the holidays includes a little spike in one’s eggnog.)  Overwhelmingly, though, the thread was initially met with silence – “Silent Night” silence. I don’t blame them. To be totally transparent, I reached out to my mom-squad because ...
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Christmas by Design

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The holiday season is fast approaching, complete with delights and disappointments, merriments and meltdowns. What a blessing and responsibility it is to introduce the beloved story of Jesus’ birth to your child. Claim this holy ...
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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello Dearest, Well it’s here! We are in the full-fledged Christmas season, and to tell you the truth, I am feeling overwhelmed – with joy. I love the anticipation of what is to come, especially when ...
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Facing Political Talk at the Holiday Table

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Here it is, the first Christmas season post the craziest presidential election in recent history, and you have to go over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house to face Uncle Bob or ...
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Facing Political Talk at the Holiday Table

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Here it is, the first Christmas season post the craziest presidential election in recent history, and you have to go over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house to face Uncle Bob or ...
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Redefining the Friendship Loss

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In the middle of a very intense season of my life, my two best friends connected over a shared project and from my perspective, for whatever reason, I wasn’t asked to join in. I was ...
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But I’m Not That Mom

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But I’m not THAT mom! kept running through my head. I don’t do smocked dresses or big hair bows. I don’t sew. I barely brush my children’s hair. How can I be a “girl mom” ...
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Embracing Differences: In-law Edition

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My husband married a woman unlike the women in his family. His mother and sisters are logical, organized and have lots of common sense. They’re great planners, they can spot a problem from a mile
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How I’m Choosing to Parent Differently Because I’m Married to a Man That Used to Look at Porn

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I don't want to be different! I want to fit in, be part of the crowd! No, this is not your child talking. It's me – hitting my fists against a pillow. Resisting, screaming, begging to be normal ...
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How the Shattering Pain of Betrayal Made Me Kinder

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I really didn't know what it was like to suffer from heart break until I was in my mid to late-twenties. Sure, life hadn't been perfect before then — I had felt pain before. But this was ...
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Choosing Holiday Traditions That Fit Your Family

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Let's face it - the holiday season can be overwhelming for moms! Not only are we negotiating with the in-laws, stretching gift budgets, and fighting Pinterest stress (apparently this is an actual thing), we are ...
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Easy Shibori Napkins

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  Easy Shibori Napkins Shibori is a Japanese dyeing method that includes folding, twisting or bunching and binding cloth, then dyeing it in indigo. We’ve created a similar effect by using easy, pre-made dye bottles from our ...
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DIY Watercolor Cards

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There’s something about applying watercolor paint to paper that soothes the soul.  Materials Watercolor paint Watercolor brushes – size 8 round or size 14 flat Acrylic paint brush – with short round bristles Watercolor paper ...
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Christmas by Design

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The holiday season is fast approaching, complete with delights and disappointments, merriments and meltdowns. What a blessing and responsibility it is to introduce the beloved story of Jesus’ birth to your child. Claim this holy ...
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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello Dearest, Well it’s here! We are in the full-fledged Christmas season, and to tell you the truth, I am feeling overwhelmed – with joy. I love the anticipation of what is to come, especially when ...
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Restless Nights

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Everyday worries can keep you awake. Sometimes at night Edith can’t sleep. She goes through the “what-ifs”: What if her son gets sick and she can’t leave work? What if there’s no one she can ...
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Wholeness, in Parts

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I texted a group of mom friends this question: During the crazy holiday season, how do you create peace and wholeness – shalom – for your family?  One mom responded that she needed some time to ...
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Our Family Home

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How do you define home? Is it the result of the neighborhood you choose, the messages and furnishings you fill it with, or the love you provide? In part, certainly all of these matter. But can ...
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Why Your Story Matters, Mama

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After my recent article in the Huffington Post about motherhood loneliness, a few moms wrote to me, “It feels like you are writing exactly about me, about my child.” My reply? My writing isn’t fueled simply ...
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Brave Collective: Nashville

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Traveling south from Nashville, Tennessee, the green hills are lined with white fences. It brings to mind gatherings around farm tables with home-cooked meals. The mood was set as Dalley Galuzzi, Jackie Alvarez and Mandy ...
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Brave Collective: NYC

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We gathered in a second floor Long Island City apartment. It was a couple blocks from the waterfront and the first subway stop in Queens outside of Manhattan. We maneuvered the table into the living ...
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Encouraging Your Brave Collective

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My four-year-old daughter happens to be the biggest fan of me doing the Brave Collective. No, really. She found a shirt with a feather on it and wears it every time I have a Brave Collective ...
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