Let’s Be Honest – Grouchy Mom

I’ve been chewing on this quote from Kevin DeYoung’s book, Crazy Busy, for over a month now. “We go day after day, crazy month after crazy month: worried, upset, anxious, troubled, fussing, worked up. Every stain, every school project, every dirty sink, every surprise guest, every surge of responsibility becomes a cause of great panic. To paraphrase Titus 3:3, we live as slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in chaos and envy, hassled by others and hassling one another.” I am so guilty of this type of busyness. Every time E spills something, every time I have
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We Quit Sugar – Week 2

We’ve just finished Week 2 of our sugar fast on Sunday. I think we all agree Week 2 was more difficult than Week 1 for multiple reasons. The newness has worn off, it was the 4th of July (who doesn’t want something sweet then), and we got together with friends a few times, cookies were eaten, but not by us. In order to help us curb our cravings, Sarah Wilson suggests replacing sugar with fat. The high fat items will help make you feel full more quickly and kind of fill in that gap after a meal. We often ate
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Let’s Be Honest – False Necessities

Every day, I feel as though I need a cup of coffee to survive. If I don’t have my cup of coffee, I have a pretty killer headache around lunchtime. I also pretty much compulsively check my Instagram feed daily. Sometimes, three times a day, but sometimes only once. I get really absorbed in reading a book, and I love either a dessert or a glass of wine after dinner (lately it’s been the glass of wine or some cheese). But these things won’t literally sustain me. They may make my day better, and I may rely on them for
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Morning Coffee

This morning I am mourning coffee. We’re not giving coffee up. That’s not the issue. I just finished the cup of coffee I started drinking at 7:30 a.m. The last few swallows were cold, and the coffee had been reheated once. It’s actually quite a miracle I only had to reheat it once. Twice is the norm these days. I’m mourning coffee because it’s not the ritualistic experience it used to be. I love a good cup of Larry’s Beans coffee either brewed and black or made in the french press and served with steamed milk. But it’s not just
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We Quit Sugar – Week 1

One week. We’ve only made it through one week of quitting sugar. Surprisingly, it hasn’t been as hard as I imagined. Because we don’t have any sugar products in our house (part of me prepping was to preemptively give away or trash any treats), I haven’t really been tempted to eat something sugary. I wanted sugar. Half of the week, I’d have that urge, right after finishing dinner or lunch, to eat something a little sweet, even something tiny. I knew I was full, yet part of me just didn’t feel satisfied, as though something was missing. Tyler had a
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Let’s Be Honest – Hoarding

The other day I was singing the lyrics, “I don’t know what they want from me, it’s like the mo money we come across, the mo problems we see.” The boy E was confused. He, of course, had never heard of the Notorious B.I.G., nor had he heard the song, so he wanted to know what I was singing and why more money led to more problems. It was pretty unfathomable to him. I tried to explain how the more money and things we have leads to more responsibilities and things we have to tend to. Conveniently, I’d been reading
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Let’s Be Honest – Sugar Addict

I’m addicted to sugar. We don’t regularly keep cookies or ice cream in our house. I’ve been known to throw away a mostly good box of Oreos, and we regularly throw out Halloween, Easter, and Christmas candy because we never finish it all. We even have tried to cut back on sugar by only have dessert one night a week. Yet, we’re still addicted. I get that crash and burn feeling later in the afternoon and I typically feel like I need something a little sweet after each meal. Tyler and I will hide sweets and than pull them out
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Talking About Us – Anniversary Conversation

If any of you know Tyler, you know he’s a talker. When we’re alone, he allows me to talk a lot more than you’d imagine, and we rarely run out of things to talk about. Our anniversary is today (Happy 3 Years, Lovey!), and we’re headed out for a beach vacation date. While we always have things to discuss, most of the time we focus on schedules and kids and often forget to talk about our marriage, which is one of the essentials elements in sticking it out as a team. I got these questions last year from my friend,
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Let’s Be Honest – My House is a Circus

Most of the time, my house is a circus starring a cat, a dog, a 4-month old, a 9-year-old, a husband who works 1.5 jobs, and my own bag of tricks. I’m too busy. Even as I sit to write this post (and plan on posting it later next week), I’m watching Martin play, eating leftovers from last night and keeping an eye on E as he works through a math speed drill. This is about as peaceful as my day gets. I have laundry going, and I’m racking my brain about what to make for dinner, what to buy
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Life in the Mundane – Oblivious Moments

Today, I went to the laundromat for the first time in my whole life. I went, not because our washer and dryer are broken, but because they are too small. A few months ago, E had his second stomach virus ever and threw up on his comforter. I spot cleaned it, I promise. But I also believed it needed a good dousing and deep cleaning. So like any good mother, I took it off his bed and shoved it into the deep recesses of his little-boy room, where it’s remained until today. Don’t worry, E has not been suffering through
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