poems about parenting

Three poems about parenting

If you stumble across this post, I’d like to encourage you to take a moment and breathe deeply, then slowly read these three poems about parenting that I wrote. They are short, but not meant to be skimmed. Take a moment and be present as you read them. Then carry that being-present-and-paying-attention-ness into the rest of (read more…)

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How to not be obnoxious even though you’re passionate

Believe it or not, our big trip ends very, very soon. We’re almost done. We did it! I’ll write more soon about why it’s ending sooner than we thought (no, no major news, I’m not pregnant or anything), but in the meantime, our family has been doing a lot of personal processing about what we’re (read more…)

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Cuppa reads

After a few several weeks of stellar spring weather, we’ve been in a land notorious for gray skies and drizzle. No, not the Pacific Northwest—I’m looking at you, Paris. No complaints at all, believe me, but it’s been a reminder for me that spring wears many different dresses, and while she’s great at wildflowers and (read more…)

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On simple hospitality

Growing up, we always had people at our house. Whether it was family or school friends, my parents were quick to invite people over for a meal (my dad’s authentic Mexican cooking is legendary). But often, it went beyond filling bellies. People kept coming back because my parents offered more than just delicious food – (read more…)

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Embrace that five-foot tree: 5 ways we can give our kids more freedom

I’ve been asked several times what we’ll miss when we return soon from our round-the-world travels, and there’s a laundry list response. I’m going to miss a lot of things. But if I’m honest, there’s one thing that makes my heart sink in quiet reflection about life back in the States, and what I wish (read more…)

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