Category Archives: Tolerance

True Toddler Fashion: “TTF Part II”

There are a couple of posts I want to make sure I write for, or about, both of my kiddos. This is one of those and it falls on the lighter side of things. Brace yourself for a repeat venture of a project I shared with you all back in 2015. (Yeah…2015…my dear goodness! TWO years ago?! Anyway…) Enter “True Toddler Fashion” where I explore the true, self-created style of a toddler!

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Scared to Death Over Peanuts: Finding Sensitivity

It’s official. I’m that mom…the helicopter mom. I just spent the holiday season hovering over my 4-year-old hounding him about Continue reading

All the Single Working Mommies

All the Single Working Mommies:

I see you and I couldn’t possibly pretend to fully understand your reality. I will tell you that when my husband is away at a work conference, I can barely hack it. From the moment he leaves I start a mental countdown to the time when my support will return. Continue reading

I Talked to Cheeky C about Coping with Child Suicide During the Holidays

Ian was 18 when he died by suicide. Cheeky C is one of my closest friends and Ian’s mom. I remember receiving her call four years ago that he was gone; and I’ve not witnessed a girlfriend survive a more devastating loss. I have come to notice that the winter holidays seem to be the worst for Cheeky C. Although she is a warrior and a survivor, this season hits her hard. My spunky, outspoken, and cheeky pal becomes withdrawn and more downcast. The truth is, I will never have my original Cheeky C back. Losing her son was a traumatic turning point and I know she is changed forever, but this time of year seems to be especially heart-rending.

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I Hit Your Mailbox: Thanks for the Reminder

So, we had a pretty epic snowstorm here in Wyoming about 4 months ago. (I know, I know, you’re shocked! *Insert sarcasm here.) Even with a lifetime of snow driving experience, I still managed to back into the mailbox of Continue reading

I Talked to The Tall Mom & She’s Awesome

We are surrounded by incredible women and it’s a special treat when we get to share them with you. Many of you already know the awesomeness of the The Tall Mom, one of our favorite blogs. If you are a fan of that blog, the book Seeing Ione, or Jansen Curry, the fabulous creator of both, you are going to love today’s post!

I had the opportunity to ask Jansen a series of questions, Jelly Bean Journals style. From each of our blog’s headings, I had Jansen tell us about her own MommaKiddos and the Love of her life. Then, I got some Health advice, asked for Confessions and received some inside information on her book, in Everything Else mode. I have also included a bonus Seeing Ione question for those of you who have already fallen in love with the story! Continue reading

Why I’m Choosing Now to REALLY Teach Values

Somewhere between birthing a baby and today, I had a huge revelation: these little human beings we’re raising are seriously amazing little sponges. For example, on the way to a birthday party recently we passed some windmills. N asked if they were airplanes. I could have simply said, “No, they are windmills.” But instead, I continued just a smidge further, “Windmills make electricity that give us things like light that help us see better.” He said okay and we headed to our birthday party. Several hours later, on the way back from the party, N saw the windmills again. He said, “Windmills make light to see better.” I know he was just repeating me and he doesn’t understand the intricacies of how that is actually happening, but it still blew my mind.

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Happy, Healthy & Loved. Stop the Mommy Wars! Part II

Thank you for  coming back today to share in our “Happy, Healthy & Loved. Stop the Mommy Wars!” series. It was so fun to unveil our photo project this week in Happy, Healthy & Loved. Stop the Mommy Wars! Part I. With each corresponding image, we are excited to describe the very personal choices we have made. Also, this is the way we are choosing to address “Mommy Wars” and we are honored to share in this process with you. We hope our images, coupled with the reasons we made these decisions, help to invoke fresh ideas and acceptance for mothers everywhere. We each do things a little differently, but our kiddos still turn out to be happy, healthy, and loved!

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Same Love In Trimester 2

The first time I heard the song Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis I was in my second trimester with our first child. The opening birth scene of the video brought up the emotions that many moms feel during pregnancy. Fear about the unknown of our upcoming birth, anticipation of joy when holding our baby for the first time, and worry of being responsible for the life of a little human being. Continue reading