Category Reflect

Tips for a “Successful” VBAC

As we prepare to welcome our fourth baby, I’ve been thinking a lot about the births of our three children. They couldn’t have been more different. Each birth was amazing and life-altering. And each had a lesson to offer. Our first was born two weeks before her due date via a very fast, not very […]

Weaning: A Time to Feast

Last week, after months of indecision, we decided it was time for our youngest child to say goodbye to nursing. To be honest, I wasn’t really tired of it, but it just seemed like it was time. I don’t want to bore you with details about how I wean my children, but suffice it to […]

Conquer the Monster Under the Bed: The Birth of a Warrior

  When our oldest child was three years old, she began to have severe nightmares.  Terrified and shaking, she would always relate the same strange story to us:  there was a black shadow beast that was trying to capture and devour her. It had long glassy fangs and was covered with black smoke. She described […]

How to Maintain Parental Sanity in the Face of Chaos

I’ve learned through the years, and particularly since becoming a mom, that stress is sneaky and has to be attacked aggressively and consistently. Otherwise it will drag you down, as well as everyone around you. Unfortunately, I have a history of poor stress management habits. I was a heavy smoker throughout college while working two […]

Watch Out: We’re Back!

A year and a half ago we decided not to blog. Peter was founding a K-9th grade school, Nikki’s work responsibilities had skyrocketed, and the kids… well, let’s just say their writing and photography didn’t make the editorial board cut (see exhibit A below). EXHIBIT A Now, months later, having traveled through several time-space warps […]

The 7 Day Lose Your Smartphone Challenge

We have a challenge for you: Get rid of your phone for one whole week. Don’t hide your phone for a week. Get rid if it, by which we mean, make it completely inaccessible. If you’re saying, “What’s the big deal?” then this challenge is for you. The worst thing that happens is you get […]

The World Is Getting Smaller: A Reflection on Locality

“When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the […]