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What Do You Say to that Voice that Wants You to Quit?

How many times do you need to respond to something in one particular (toxic) way before you notice a pattern? With five kids, one of them still in diapers, my answer is usually “many.” But I’m pretty sure that before the five kids and before I had one in diapers the answer was still many. We are creatures of habit, and we can be long in the habit-making…
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It Takes Work to Rest

It’s a radiant four pm. The counters are wiped, slick. The sink is empty and dinner is simmering next to my teapot, also humming. The children are willingly lost in the woods out back and the babe still asleep. I can’t smell anyone’s afternoon sweat and there’s not a disparate sock in sight. The only smell in my house, aside from…
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A Call from {and to} the Hurting before Mother’s Day

The brownstone was swelling with song and the windows were sweating from the collision of packed bodies in a small space against the stark winter air. I didn’t think we were going to a house party, I thought, feeling uncomfortable even before I even crossed the front door’s threshold. We entered to well-known worship music — translated through what sounded like “local” flavor. The…
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A Little Love Note {for the mama still in her sweatpants}

Hey you, Yes, you, still in your sweatpants and un-showered, hours into your day. This love note is for you. Between seven a.m. when they wake, alert and ready to tackle the world and you and any sibling that accidentally touches the edge of that notebook that one-time a long time ago used to be theirs, and lunch you will…
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