The best gifts that give back: an ethical gift guide

Over chips and salsa last month, a friend and I were bemoaning the fact that it’s just impossible to live our lives as ethically as we’d like. Every time we turn around, it seems like we are stepping on the rights of others or contributing to oppression and injustice. If I only buy fair trade […]

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How to combat the Fear of Missing Out

We moved to France when I was seven. My parents had signed on to become lifetime missionaries and I was along for the ride. There were moments I definitely wanted to get off that missionary kid ride, and other moments when I wouldn’t trade the thrill of it for anything. But every October 31st that […]

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How to Monitor Your Own Use of Social Media

My inner-16 year old made an appearance last Monday. I thought that I had left her behind, with all of her neediness and angst, but she followed me upstairs when I got home late from youth group. The house was dark and quiet as I crawled into bed beside my husband. My younger self wanted […]

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Win the day: a strategy for overcoming overwhelm

This one is for the moms of very little ones, the moms with babies or toddlers underfoot (or – gasp – both!) Is your house a wreck?Are you feeding someone round the clock?Are you only getting nap-sized chunks of sleep?Do you live in yoga pants and dry shampoo?Does your life revolve around nap times?Are you […]

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How to be present in your everyday life

Do you ever make pretend comments? My husband and I have a shorthand saying for when we feel that the other person isn’t truly listening to us. One person will be telling a story — maybe something that happened with the kids or at work — and the other person has their mind elsewhere and […]

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Keeping memories, keeping faith: why you should document your days

It was fun, at first. Hundreds of pictures are stacked in piles and lined up in chronological order: the highlights of 2018 spread before me. My gold striped picture album lay open, and the coordinating scrapbook paper is standing at the ready. I’d missed papercrafting and so I dove right in, arranging pictures, writing a […]

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How to clear your mental clutter

There are times when I am mentally overloaded: I have so much on my mind that I can’t seem to focus on what’s right in front of me. It’s at these times that I have the attention span of a gnat, and the most innocent and reasonable request from one of my children threatens to […]

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