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Embracing Self-care: Peace in the Home

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A group of bloggers are doing a series called Embracing Self-Care and each is posting on the same topic every Wednesday this month and they’re extending an open invitation to join in. Here are my thoughts on this week’s topic, Peace in the Home. And check out the other installments as well: Know Thyself and Health and Spirituality.

If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy

As much as I wish this wasn’t true, it is. There’s a direct ripple effect that takes my frustration and stress directly to my children. I recognize more and more that my behavior, attitude and even countenance can change their moods quick. So, this mama needs to stay happy and enable peace to flourish in our home. Continue reading


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10 unexpected lessons about motherhood

lessons about motherhood

Before I became a mom I knew there was lots of stuff I didn’t know about motherhood. I mean, there were more books than anyone can count written on the topic, more blogs than I cared to read and billions of women who were mothers before me. What did I know? While I did a fair amount of research on the subject, though not as much as most women due to the lack of an English ‘Parenting’ section at my local Hungarian library, I was relatively clueless when my daughter came into the world that frosty January morning. I knew I was embarking on a steep learning curve, I didn’t appreciate just how steep it would be. Some things I’ve learned along the way haven’t surprised me, others seem somewhat random and downright ridiculous. Here are my 10 favorite unexpected lessons about motherhood: Continue reading


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Embracing Self-Care: Know thyself

Know Thyself

In a week and a half something glorious will happen. When it does the heavens will part and angel’s voices will fill the air as they sing the Doxology.

Ryan will submit his final paper in the first year of his MA program.

No longer will my husband be a full-time employee AND student (oh, and a dad and husband, too).

No longer will my evenings be prefaced by asking, ‘What homework do you need to get done tonight? Will you be able to help with the kids?’

No longer will I make plans around a syllabus. Continue reading


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When what you need isn’t a break

When what you need isn't a break

I was done. It had been a harrowing week as the mother of two small children and I needed a break.

A guest was coming over for lunch on Saturday and we needed to have an uninterrupted, adult conversation so the kids were going to my parents for a few hours. But on Friday I asked my mom if they could stay the night. She said ‘Of course!’ Continue reading


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How to recover when life throws you a curve

When life throws you a curve

For a week my life was dominated by two phrases:

Extreme winter weather warning and bronchiolitis and pneumonia.

The former turned what was supposed to be a day in Portland into a 2½ day stay because of freezing rain and snow on the route home. The latter saw my son sick and in the doctor’s office one day and then in the hospital for the next two (he’s much better now). In the two days in between these events I reached my low as a mother and my productivity was nil the entire week. Continue reading


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The importance of protecting your time

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I sat down on the couch to write this post and just as soon as I started a little girl baking cookies in the kitchen with her grandma wanted to show me something. I set the computer down and went to admire her ‘red cookie’, sugar cookie dough saturated with red sugar crystals. On my way back to the computer I saw a birthday card I needed to finish addressing, so I did. I finally sat back down and the the US Men’s hockey team scored against Slovakia and I stopped to watch. Maybe I should check Facebook. And email. Pinterest?

Okay, Erin – focus. You’re supposed to be writing about using your time well! Continue reading


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What and how I feed my kids

What I feed my kidsI’m not exactly a foodie but I do put a lot of thought and effort into what I eat. Making food from scratch is a hobby and I enjoy learning about how to get the greatest benefit from what I eat. When Eleanor turned six-months and showed interest in solid food, I poured my efforts into providing her with healthy, homemade meals. I pureed batches of fruits and vegetables in our tiny apartment kitchen and carefully introduced her to new flavors and textures. I’ve learned a lot about feeding children since those early days and though I am by no means perfect, I’ve found a way of providing our children with healthy, delicious meals while passing on positive attitudes about food. Continue reading