Parenting Through Trembling Lips

Parenting Through Trembling Lips

A lot of parents worry about their kids.  Worry comes with the job description.  But, honestly, I haven’t consistently worried about my kids in quite a while.  Both are old enough to express their wants and needs to me, both have been doing really well in school and at home recently, and family life has seemed easy for the past few months. But this week, parenting has defeated me and I have lived in a world of worry over my kids.  I find myself stopping to pray for them all…

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Lessons I Learned This Week

Lessons I Learned This Week

This week has been a doozey, imaginary friends.  I had a bad reaction to a medication I was put on and have been shaky, dizzy, and fatigued all week, for about 24-hours we thought we might have to put Lucy down, I was basically eaten alive by a parent at a conference this week, Bean had a terrible stomach bug and threw up for two days on every linen and car we own, work has suddenly imploded, Chris has missed work so much in the past two weeks that he…

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A Dinnertime Reminder

A Dinnertime Reminder

Yesterday afternoon was not a great one.  The kids were overly tired for some reason, and both came home from daycare whiney and quick to tears.  I was tired and frustrated myself from a long day of teaching material that I just don’t feel like my students are understanding. Chris came home in a ho-hum mood and quickly became irritated with all the fussing and crying happening in the house. It just just one of those afternoons, you know? At the dinner table, we talked with the kids about their…

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Christmas Recap – Part 3

Christmas Recap – Part 3

We finally made it home… well, almost. After a week of traveling, we made it within an hour of home. We stopped to spend a few days with my sister, Ginny, her husband, John Michael, and my super cute nephew, Tillman. Who my kids will forever call Baby Tut Tut. Baby Tut Tut had gotten so much bigger than the last time we saw him! He is walking now… and tackling… and running… and wrestling… and babbling very important nonsense words that he really wants us to understand. He is…

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Wee Choir.

Wee Choir.

Bean joined the preschool choir at our new church. It’s called Wee Choir, and I am a wee bit obsessed with that name. It is just so darn cute that it makes me a wee bit giggly every time I say it. But you know what’s a wee bit cuter than the name? Hearing Bean say “Wee Choir.” It’s so cute that it’s a wee-ligious experience. Too far. I took it too far there. Anyway, here is a wee-diculously cute video of Bean’s Wee Choir debut at a performance this…

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Finding Our Place Again

Finding Our Place Again

So, you all know how much we love our church. When we first moved to Orlando, we began attending First United Methodist of Winter Park almost right away and mostly out of convenience. It was, literally, right down the street from where we were renting, and during those months that I was unemployed, I was desperate to seek out a community where I could belong. And that’s exactly what I found there. I remember the exact day when Chris and I felt that this church was our home. We were…

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Fighting the Sadness

Fighting the Sadness

We had a jumpin’ weekend here in the MC household.  My mom came down Friday night and stayed with the kids while Chris and I got gussied up and had a nice date night…  where we spent the second half of the meal in a HUGE, candlelit, whispered fight about holiday plans.  Good times.  But actually, we had been needing to have that little discussion and no matter where or when we had it, it was going to be messy.  So, might as well enjoy a little Bang Bang Shrimp…

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Where I’m Supposed to Be

Where I’m Supposed to Be

We had this genius plan for how to keep Bean home all week without both Chris and I losing our jobs.  Chris was going to keep him Wednesday, my wonderful sister-in-law, Annie, was going to stay with him Thursday, and then I’d stay home on Friday.  Everybody wins! But then God saw my plan and laughed and said, “You silly thing!  You STILL think you are in charge here?” And in the middle of the night last night, Chris woke up with a RAGING fever.  Like Bean, Chris runs really…

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Working Mom Guilt

Working Mom Guilt

There is nothing like the completely helpless feeling that comes when your child is really sick. When they look to you to make them feel better, and you just can’t. That kind of helplessness makes you feel guilty and inadequate. Add to those emotions the complete pity and heartbreak you feel for your sick child and your emotional cup runneth over. Add to that already overflowing cup the stress and demands of a job for two working parents whose careers march on, no matter who is sick at home, and…

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That’s Why I Pray

That’s Why I Pray

This morning, I went tearing through my purse at a red light because I was convinced I had left my cell phone at home.  Again.  Or at the grocery store.  Again.  Or in my other purse.  Again.  Or in my school bag.  Again.  (do you see a pattern here?) In my frantic search, I did not turn up a cell phone (has anyone see my phone, by the way?), but I did find a handful of these: More ticket stubs than I could count.  Some to movies, some to a…

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