Tag: parenting

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She’s quite fond of the slimy creatures. 10 on 10 for June

My 3-year old daughter is a caretaker. She takes care of her stuffed animals and our pets and other people’s pets. Sometimes she takes care of me and once in awhile her brother (though she’s usually bossing him around). What she really enjoys taking care of, though, are worms and bugs. I don’t get it, but she likes rolly pollies and worms and wants … Read More She’s quite fond of the slimy creatures. 10 on 10 for June

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The Graduate

I know, Mom. It’s hard. She’s wearing a cap and a gown. But you see a newborn in a blanket. A little girl in a ponytail. Skinned knees. Kissed booboos. Heartache. Warm hugs. Little hands holding yours. It’s all wrapped up in this moment and you can see it all at once, flashing before your eyes at lightening speed. You can barely catch your … Read More The Graduate

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Creative funks smell and feel funky

It isn’t unusual for me to hit a creative funk in the winter. Days are short, the sun hides behind clouds and it’s too cold to take the kids anywhere to explore. I still try my best to take photographs inside the house, or whichever building we have sought shelter in from the nasty cold of winter, but honestly my heart usually isn’t in … Read More Creative funks smell and feel funky

Thank you Doc Mcstuffins for making my toddler a paranoid germaphobe

We were picking my son up from an overnight camping trip with his school when my 3-year old tripped and fell. My son’s friend helped her up and told me she was saying there were worms on her hands and she couldn’t get them off. “Worms! Worms!” she told me holding her hands out to me, palms up. All I could see were a … Read More Thank you Doc Mcstuffins for making my toddler a paranoid germaphobe

Don’t stop asking if you can hug me

There we were driving over the back roads to the small Christian school my son attends and just like that summer was over. Sure we had one more day before school officially began but on that humid summer night I felt a tight feeling in my chest and knew it was because the carefree days when I could hug him on a whim anytime … Read More Don’t stop asking if you can hug me

Because why not? How children remind us we are free

She is drawn to mud puddles like a moth to flame. Like a horse to water. Like a fly to poop. Like me to chocolate.   She was drawn that day and I let her – even though she was wearing a new cute, light pink dress and I had a feeling it would end up splattered with brown within a matter of seconds. … Read More Because why not? How children remind us we are free

Because sometimes it’s okay to not be happy your kids are growing up so fast

You know what’s really annoying? Having to say what a blessing it is to watch our children grow up. I see it all the time in the photography world. A mom-tog (not a bad term in my mind though it is to some) posts a photo of her oldest on instagram and writes a beautiful piece of prose about how much they miss when … Read More Because sometimes it’s okay to not be happy your kids are growing up so fast

Mud, leg bruises and fun

I picked up my 10 year old son  the last day of camp and found him covered in mud and smiling – just the way I like to see him. He attends a day camp about 45 minutes from our house in rural Bradford County, Pa. for a week each June. Stoney Point Camp is literally in the middle  of nowhere, or at least … Read More Mud, leg bruises and fun

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Real life parenting moments

I’m in the kitchen trying to perfect a Ree Drummond recipe but every few moments my oldest is shouting that the cat is on his Lego table knocking pieces off to smack around on the floor or the youngest is holding an empty bowl and asking me when she can have “port top” (pork chop). She’s looking up at me like a child from … Read More Real life parenting moments