You Just Will

You Just Will

I don’t know what’s going on in my life lately, but I know so many people who are about to have babies – all but one of them for the first time. Two of them are going to be my nieces! Just. Can’t. Deal.

I am for sure done birthing children. But it makes me think back to when I was having my boys and what it was like.

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It’s a crazy thing, to give birth. You grow a little human inside your body for months, selflessly letting its presence alter your food preferences, sleeping habits, emotional capacity, foot width, ability to balance or think straight. And then the world acts like it’s no big deal to shove it right out of your body (“Women have been doing it for centuries!” “Your body was meant to do this!”).

Can we all just be honest with these women? Growing a human is hard work. Birthing a human is hard work.

And for 2016…

Well, it’s here again. The end of the year. How did this happen? I’m suppressing panic.

Last year I wrote about my goals and what things I wanted from this year.

I did a great job with most of them. I could still work on being more present, but I think that will be a lifelong goal – I’ll never arrive completely. But I will keep trying. Add it to 2016.

I was awesome about going to bed at 10:00 once a week for….like one month. I don’t know, you guys. I think I need to just accept that I’m a night owl and learn to make the best of it. I mean, I have read all of the wisdom from morning people – go to bed earlier, no electronics before bed, a calming bath before you fall asleep (or warm milk – just gag), set your alarm clock for five minutes earlier every morning.

Let’s just be honest, people – five minutes earlier every morning just means I buy myself one more snooze per day. Why interrupt my sleep like that? It’s just plain wrong.

So I’m back with new goals this year – ‘tis the season, right?

When Pillows Aren’t Comfortable

When Pillows Aren’t Comfortable

As I type this, it is the middle of the night and I find myself on the couch under the glow of my Christmas tree lights.

I can’t sleep.

All I can think about are my two boys sleeping comfortably on their pillow pads next to my bed as a special treat.

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I was reading a report about refugees a few weeks ago. There were so many heartbreaking numbers, reports, and pictures. But the observation that left me sobbing in a ball on the floor of my bedroom was that many of the refugee children would not use pillows to sleep.

Finding themselves sleeping on the ground in the forest or the cement warehouse floor or the dirt in a tent, many children would refuse a pillow.

Since My Santa Confession

Since My Santa Confession

Two years ago, when I was just a few months into the blogging world, I wrote a blog post about why we don’t pretend that Santa is real with our kids. It’s my most read and shared post of all of my blogging career.

So this Christmas, I thought that I would do a follow-up post. But this time, I would like to let you in on some insights that I have learned from letting my kids in on the secret of Santa.

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I would love for this to go without saying, but I feel that I should remind you all that the fact that we don’t “do” Santa does not mean that I judge or look down on anyone who does.

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Friday Five Faves {#22} – Conscious Christmas

Friday Five Faves {#22} – Conscious Christmas

Well, there was a big glitch on my website on Friday. I tried to post this all day long, and then things finally got figured out over the weekend. So even though it’s not Friday anymore…I’m posting anyway. Because I can!

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I have a goal this year to be done with my Christmas shopping before December 1. I already have a lot of things made and purchased for this year, so I’m well on my way. I don’t want to be stressing about shopping when I could be spending time enjoying the Christmas season with my family.

Shopping has been on my mind lately. But after this post, shopping responsibly is also weighing heavily on my mind.

So for my Friday Five Faves, I would like to give you some fun options for shopping for products that help others, too.

*Disclaimer*

I can’t guarantee any of their claims, and these are my own opinions and thoughts.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day.

It seems irreverent in a way to say “Happy” Veterans Day (though I’m not sure what else you’d say). For veterans, being a veteran is not about being happy. It’s about sacrifice, honor, and duty. It’s about loss, loneliness, and recovery.

I am eternally grateful to each and every veteran who has put the needs of our country above those of themselves and their families. It’s not just the man or woman who serves that sacrifices. It’s their families and their friends, too. I have seen this sacrifice made so willingly and honorably time and again, and it amazes me every time.

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31 Days {Day 31} – Couple Costume Ideas

31 Days {Day 31} – Couple Costume Ideas

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to yesterday’s post!

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Ty and I are not being anything for Halloween this year. Last year we were Lois and Clark, and it was really fun! I’m not into the skin-tight costumes (for example, the “slutty batgirl”, as Sandra Bullock calls it… – thanks for saying it Sandra!), so I always try to find something that is more appropriate. Plus I like the thought that goes into costumes, so I like costumes for us that aren’t store-bought.

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So even though Ty and I are not dressing up this year – our lives have been a little crazy – I thought that I would share with you my favorite couple costumes that I considered for us this year! Some of these could be super easy if you have the items to throw together tonight – even if not as intricate as the pictures are.

31 Days {Day 30} – 30 Things About Me

31 Days {Day 30} – 30 Things About Me

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to yesterday’s post
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