When you feel like you’ve found your people

Tonight was New Beginnings. If you’re not Mormon, you have no idea what that is, but when the girls in our church turn 12, they go from Primary (with all the kids), to Young Women (with all the almost grown-ups). It’s a big deal. New Beginnings happens once a year to highlight and welcome all of the girls that will turn 12 that year, and if you missed it the other day, the 12 year olds is the class of girls that I am now serving overContinue reading

When the toddler is grumpy because he needs to grow

I remember back when Peter was a baby, and oo boy, what a fussy one he was. As he started getting closer to the crawling, I would often get lighthearted comments from other parents about whether or not I was ready for trouble, and it made me a little nervous about the inevitable mobility. Peter was a little extra cranky for a while as he was gearing up to crawl, and then he finally figured it out, and I was amazed at how much easier things felt, simply because he was so much happier with his newfound ability. That trend continued with each new ability that he figured out- standing, cruising, walking, talking.  Continue reading

If my generation is choice, than my children’s must be even greater

A few weeks ago I went to a ladies night that one of my neighbors hosted. At the tail end of the night, the party had tapered down to only four of us who stayed up way past our bedtimes chatting like old biddies. All four of us there were mothers, with children ranging from babies to adults, and at one point I commented about how strong willed and stubborn I can already tell that my children are.  Continue reading