I was a mom, but I felt like an outsider. Welcome to “The Otherhood.”

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I came to motherhood a bit later than my friends. We seemed to start on the same track. We spent our early 20’s at bridal showers, dreaming of our future families and arranged marriages between our children. But, while everyone else started popping out babies left and right, I spent 7 years waiting for my […]

How to Get Offended and Write a Passive-Aggressive Open Letter

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About 6 months ago I pierced my nose. This is relevant to my story, I swear. Anyhow, with a new hole punched in my face, I found myself noticing all the other people walking around with extra holes in their faces. SOLIDARITY. One of whom was the barista in my local coffee shop. She’s young, […]

Can You Protect Your Kids from Themselves?

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This week my babysitter took my kids to the zoo, while I worked from a coffee shop in town. My daughters are 6 and 9. They are capable, bright, and incredibly active. The zoo was the perfect place for them to run off some energy, be entertained, maybe even pet a goat. My oldest daughter […]

6 Ways to Help Foster Families in your Community

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In your community, right now, perhaps within your neighborhood there are foster families. Some are obvious, resembling the United Nations, with children rotating in and out of their home. Some, like mine, are incognito. You’d never know that our lovely daughters were adopted through foster care. We fostered for almost 4 years before we adopted […]

An Awkward Girl’s Guide to Hospitality

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When Jennifer asked if I would be interested in writing a post about hospitality for her lovely blog I gave an immediate and enthusiastic YES, which was followed by crippling insecurity and doubt…which pretty well mirrors my love hate relationship with hospitality. I love the idea of hospitality, but the reality is a little more complicated. Hospitality was […]