School’s Out For Summer

School’s Out For Summer

It’s that time of year again. The weather is getting warm and students are counting down the days until the end of the school session. For us moms, the thought of summer vacation typically inspires two different responses. Some moms look forward to summer vacation with joyful anticipation. “I can’t wait! We are going to have so much fun.” Some moms think about summer vacation in a fearful panic. “How am I going to entertain these kids all summer long without school, sports and other scheduled activities?!” And there are many moms who vacillate between these two reactions, depending on the day!

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Slaying Giants

Slaying Giants

I have been thinking about David and Goliath a lot lately. As Linda and I have been working with the video production company to edit the video lessons for the new Mom to Mom curriculum series “Real Mom Life,” I recall the daunting process of videotaping those lessons on a very tight production schedule. The video editing is proceeding nicely (and we are so excited to offer the new curriculum to Mom to Mom groups very soon!) but I remember the deep feeling of unworthiness that I experienced as I stepped in front of the cameras. I felt like little David going up to face a giant. “How on earth am I going to do this?!” Though I love speaking to moms’ groups, I had never given thirteen lessons in a handful of days . . . in front of scary-looking cameras and lights and microphones!  

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Four Mother’s Day Gifts

Four Mother’s Day Gifts

I’ve been thinking a lot about moms lately. Big surprise there—right? Of course I think about moms all year round. Quite continually, actually. But especially at this time of year. Our local Mom to Mom group just said our summer goodbyes. Mother’s Day is coming up. I marvel regularly at the heroic love the moms in our family (Erika, Kelly, and Abby) give their husbands and children. 

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Introducing "Real Mom Life"

Introducing "Real Mom Life"

Mom to Mom friends, we have exciting news to share with you! We have recently finished taping sixteen new lessons for our next Mom to Mom curriculum series, Real Mom Life. The series includes a number of new topics (we’ve been hearing from you over the years!) as well as fresh perspectives on the ongoing challenges of mom life—such as ages and stages with children, parenting children with special needs, nurturing your marriage, and spiritual growth. 

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I’ve Got a Lot of Questions . . .

I’ve Got a Lot of Questions . . .

I live in a world of questions. Mostly unanswered—or unanswerable, this side of Heaven—questions. I’m betting you do, too.

Young moms I dearly love are asking tough ones. Why did my 13-year-old have to die? Why does one young family have so many children with major medical problems and special needs?

Why does a pregnant mom with three young children have cancer? Big questions are circling around my neighborhood, too, as one of our own—an incredibly resilient, positive, fun-loving friend who has struggled gracefully with unimaginable challenges for years—now grapples with yet another seemingly insurmountable battle. To name only a few recent questions. Come to think of it, I have a lot of my own right now, too.

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Lookpots, Grinches, and What If’s

Lookpots, Grinches, and What If’s

“Daddy, are you coming to the Look-pot today?” A wide-eyed three-year-old looks over at her daddy at the breakfast table. 

“The Look-pot?” A moment of confusion, and then the daddy (our son Lars) replies: “Oh, you mean the potluck. Yes, I am coming, Linnea.” 

“And Daddy, are you gonna look?” 

Linnea’s question remained with me long after this charming little conversation. It remained even after we ourselves got to go to the Thanksgiving Potluck at our granddaughters’ preschool during a recent wonderful visit to Kodiak, Alaska.

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Thanksgiving Songs (and Sighs)

Thanksgiving Songs (and Sighs)

There’s something about November. So much to love: turkey, family gatherings, pumpkin-flavored everything. I love pumpkin! We have three family birthdays this month—two grandchildren and our daughter. And I do love birthdays. I also love the giving of thanks. Over the years, November has become for me a month—not just a day—of giving thanks. God seems to remind me continually of how many blessings I have to count. And everyone knows how good giving thanks is for the soul. 

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Loneliness and Long-Distance Running

Loneliness and Long-Distance Running

I get book titles stuck in my head. Whether I have actually read the books or not. The current example falls in the latter category. “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner” is the title of a long-ago short story by Alan Sillitoe which was later made into a movie, also long ago. Full disclosure: I have never read the book or seen the movie. So why is this title running through my head repeatedly?

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For the Irrational Season: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

For the Irrational Season: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

For some reason Madeline L’Engle’s book, The Irrational Season, has been on my mind a lot lately. Not so much the book—which is wonderful, but which I haven’t read for years—but its title. Just the title. I feel as if I am living in an “irrational season.” A tumult of emotions that are not easy to explain rationally. A living paradox, maybe. A seemingly irrational season.  

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