the spiritual discipline of watching tv

“Ohmygosh, I’ve found the BEST parenting book!““You read a book? When do you find time?!?““I don’t know… I don’t watch TV, so that helps.”“Ohhhh.” Video is a weirdly difficult medium for me. I can read or I can listen, but video requires both eyes and ears, frequently at normal speed (unlike reading or podcasts, both […]

mess and beauty

The retreat booklet read: 900P — Paint Prep (not stressful) . . . 100P — SESSION/Paint (not stressful) The “(not stressful)” was somewhat concerning, but at 9 Friday night, as we divided ourselves around six canvasses of various sizes, I tried to be obediently not stressed. The person who created the schedule for this women’s […]

confessions of a high-maintenance mom

Hi! In a funny scheduling fluke, I ended up on Kindred  Mom with the last essay of January and the first essay of February.  Double feature!  You can read the whole piece here or continue on for an excerpt. “So… dinner tomorrow. Any allergies? Restrictions? Strong preferences?” “Nah. We’re pretty low-maintenance.” I’ve had this conversation dozens of times over the years. In this case, we’d had this family over once, decided to make it a regular thing, and were about to head to their house for the first time. […]

free to quit

Hey, friends! I’m at Kindred Mom today, this time as a quitter. This is an excerpt. read the whole thing here.  I am sweating. The not-so-tiny infant inside my enormous body and the church sanctuary with poor air handling combine to make me regret my choice to abandon my typical mom-bun and wear my long hair down. It’s sticking to my neck and face. More bothersome than the heat and my crazy hormones […]

Baby Brian turns 4 (and loses just a little bit of innocence)

Hey, Brian Levi. We’ve had a bunch of bath products sitting in the queue to go… somewhere… for  while. We inherited several bags from a friend who was moving around the world on a short timeline. I went through and grabbed what we could use, but I wanted to do something helpful with the rest. […]