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On the eve of womanhood

Fourteen years ago at this very moment I was just a couple of hours away from one of the most influential moments in my life. I was tossing and turning in a dark hospital room and getting ready to meet the little girl who would make me a mom for the first time. I was...

Sacrifice: 5 tips for volunteering with kids

Tomorrow we embark on another service project with the kids and I just wanted to take a second to talk about why we do these things and how we use them to reinforce our commitment to serving others as a family. So, serving with kids. It is not for the faint of heart....

Renewal.

It's been a long and stressful day for no particular reason. Just that mundane feeling of busyness that sits on your chest and keeps that deeply coveted breathe of calm out of reach. Tonight after kids trickled off to bed (not until after 10 -- whyyyyy??) I got a...

Nashville Day Three: All over the map

Vomit free on Day Three! Maybe it was a random stomach bug? Maybe it was just our awesome luck. Either way, no more pukey kids and for that we are thankful! Day Three took us to the top of the Dyer Observatory here in Nashville. This place is a perfect example of our...

Nashville Day Two: Maybe we should have quit while we were ahead?

Oh, Day Two. You had to make it difficult didn't you? So maybe I didn't check to see if the observatory was open on Mondays and we just headed there. That one is my fault. It's the risk of that whole spontaneity thing I was talking about yesterday. But we found a...

Nashville Family Travel: Day One

You know what makes a road trip with 5 kids a piece of cake? Pack your car the night before, wake up at the crack of dawn,  get everyone loaded up and let them sleep the whole way! At least I think that sounds like a good way to do it. I'll let you know how it works...

Matilda’s Under the Pines

  You've heard me say it a million times, but our family's favorite way to spend a warm Summer evening is packing up snacks, juice boxes, patchwork blankets, and wine and heading out to Matilda's Under the Pines. It's taken us a little while to get back into our...

We made edible slime. Because our house wasn’t messy enough already.

It seemed like a good idea. Mostly because I was feeling insecure about not being a "cool" mom anymore. I think I used to be more fun. Actually, I'm 100% certain I used to be more fun. So, we went off on a quest for fun. Don't worry. I was smart about it. I picked a...

Summer Lovings

This summer has been a really beautiful one so far. I feel so thankful for the long days that wind to a close with kids playing and screaming outside with neighborhood friends and afternoons spent at the pool getting brown (the kids - not me. #redheadproblems) and...

Motherhood. Mothers. And the song that cannot be stopped.

So, Mother's Day. Blah, blah, blah. It's never been my favorite. To me, it feels a little like the holiday equivalent of finally listening to your mother when she's screamed at you for the millionth time to clean up your room. You only pay attention when it gets super...

Tutorial: Creating Cocktails with Essential Oils

I love using essential oils for all the great health benefits but I also love to use them in cooking and entertaining. I did a little tutorial over in my FB group for oils and thought I would share it here. Thomas’ big idea was that every time I said the words...

Storms.

When I was a child I was terrified of storms. I was an anxious kid anyways, but the threat (real or perceived) of a storm was enough to throw me into a panic. I knew the phone number for Civil Defense by the time I was 9 and would call them anytime I heard thunder to...

A Day in My Life: Orthodontist Edition

I have five kids in the orthodontist's office drinking the" free to parents only" cappuccino. The two-year-old has "I'm a little butt." written on her arm by a bigger kid. The five-year-old is wearing the toddler's shortie shorts and fur boots. And the 7-year-old...

Songs of Innocence

When voices of children are heard on the green And laughing is heard on the hill, My heart is at rest within my breast And everything else is still Then come home my children the sun is gone down And the dews of night arise Come come leave off play, and let us away...

The Ordinary Life.

I always have big plans for summer. Somewhere around March or April I start dreaming of what our days will be like. Long lazy trips to the pool with PB&J picnics on towels in the sun. Book after book after book marked off our summer reading list. Day trips and...

On the importance of self-care.

One of my biggest pet peeves is selfishness. I hate it in myself. I worry often that my decisions are selfish. As a mom, I hate to see it in my kids. It's my biggest irritation at the self-love/self-esteem culture that I feel gets way out of control. However, what I...

Summer.

It's firefly catching time again. The southern Summer heat has wrapped around our city like a hot wet blanket and the sun has come out to play for longer hours each evening. And as dusk descends the landscape is peppered with the blinking lights of mating fireflies....

Previously on Land of Lovings…

It has been such a long, long time since I've been present in this place that I'm not even sure I know how to write anymore. I feel so foreign at the keyboard. My fingers seem to be dragging the words out of my brain like some literary taffy pull and it isn't a fun...

THE LOVING FAMILY

The real life adventures of a

imperfect family trying to do their

best to be their best while

embracing the weirdness and

crazy adventure that comes from

being a not-so-typical family of 7 in

the suburbs.