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Embracing the Now

2007-July-066

There are a lot of things in life that we don’t want to do: pay the bills, change a diaper, get up from the dinner table for the tenth time in ten minutes because someone needs a fork, a cup of milk, seconds, or an actual plate with food on it. Life is like that. […]

Embracing My Life as MOM

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Many moons ago, I was a teenage girl, dreaming of a career in law or journalism. I pictured myself in blazer, skirt, and high heels racing up the steps of City Hall. I wanted kids, surely, but I wasn’t so sure about the husband part. I wasn’t too thrilled about the idea of being married […]

Embracing The Preschool Years

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Yesterday as my two-year old, soaking wet and clad in a soggy swim diaper, climbed into my fully-dressed lap, I reflected on the brevity of this season. While spending a few moments in damp shorts may seem like an inconvenience, it is a fleeting one. Judah will not always want to climb into my lap […]

Motivation to Be a Better Mom

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Our kids, particularly our daughters, are watching what we do. They will follow in our steps — or not. That’s great motivation to be a better mom. See her? She’s my girl. Well, my big girl, anyway. She’ll be three in November. It’s amazing how much she can do. She can use the potty all […]

From Envy to Admiration: When She’s Got What You Want

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image from Allposters This post was originally published November 5, 2008. She’s got a nicer house than you. She’s skinnier after having a baby than you were before you ever got pregnant. She’s better organized. She’s got a great job, and you’re “just” ________________. (fill in the blank.) And on and on and on. Chances […]

Q&A: Library Day, Boys, and Family Culture

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With Amy’s permission, I’m sharing her recent email.Hello Fishmama!I was wondering if you could give me any advice for library day? My 6 year old daughter & I used to go to the library every week. She & I have both always loved books. Last August we adopted our son, M, from Ethiopia. He is […]

Time for MOM: Life Beyond the Laptop

2009-July-148

Hey there! Didja miss me? In case you didn’t even notice I was gone, I took a few days off this week. I shut down the computer around 10 pm on Saturday and didn’t touch it again until Thursday morning. I wasn’t sure that I could hold myself back from the beauties of the world […]

FishMama Unplugged

2009-July-396

Years ago before I started a writing business or a blog, or two, FishPapa and I would occasionally call for a media fast. That meant that we would give up our “computer time” for a few days or even a week. Shocking, isn’t it? We found that taking a break dispelled the “power” that the […]