• jesus,  mom blogs,  parenting,  Reuben stories,  work,  working moms

    I guess I can’t see the harm in working and being a mama

    This is one of the lyrics I love in Brittney’s song “you want a piece of me?” partly because as a working mom, I feel like everyone wants a piece of me, yet I enjoy working and being a mom! Any other mama’s feel like this?  It’s a complex choice that is simultaneously rewarding and exhausting.   This past weekend Dave and I helped to lead a conference called Compelling for 350 college students with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. We were both directing seminars & so we had a lot of work to do before the conference and during the conference. Though the work was challenging, the more difficult piece was…

  • exercise,  parenting,  Reuben stories,  spirituality

    monkey see, monkey do

    Parents- are you ever terrified when you realize that your kids are picking up your bad habits? Or conversely that you have enough good habits that they’ll learn what’s important to you and emulate these good habits? The other day I trotted down the stairs & Reuben looked at me in our foyer with a big grin on his face and yelled “SHUT UP!” This was so disturbing! Right away I told him “no, we don’t say shut up!” and gave him a time out. I didn’t know that this phrase was going to be one we encourage him not to use, but hearing him yell it sounded so wrong and…

  • mom blogs,  Reuben stories,  Uncategorized

    open your booty!

    Reuben has been cracking us up lately with the random things he says & the ways he says them. I love life with a toddler even when it can be really crazy and tiring.  Here are some of the hilarious “reuben-isms” as of late: He likes to sing baa-baa black sheep with a Beatles twist as in “baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? yeah-yeah-yeah- three bags full.” He seems to like to riff on songs, if you remember his “old mcdonald had a coffee drink” song 🙂 He often congratulates us when we successfully use the toilet because that’s what we do for him. So often as we’re…