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Gymnastics-Love Friday!

[caption id="attachment_4309" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Christian Science Monitor[/caption] I had been thirteen for 6 days and was slow dancing with a dark haired boy at Jessica Bond’s birthday party (Jessica, *high five!* I hope you’re out there) the first weekend of eighth grade in late August. There were ...

Lots of changes, all of them good…

[caption id="attachment_3026" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="A very pregnant Micha (with Brooksie) and Ezra the Super Cat"][/caption] Two and a half years ago, when I moved to San Francisco, I had a 15-month-old and I had just left the job I most loved in the world. I was lonely and anxious and I had this tiny ...

{Practicing Benedict} Your hope of fulfillment

Welcome to Mama:Monk’s weekly Wednesday series examining St. Benedict’s Rule and what it is teaching me about life as a stay at home mom. “Your hope of fulfillment should be centered in God alone. When you see any good in yourself, then, don’t take it to be your very own, but acknowledge it as a gift from God. On ...

College Thankful

Welcome to Thankful Tuesday on a Thursday. I hope that's not terribly confusing. [caption id="attachment_2179" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The boys and I get our "guns up" at my Homecoming game. (Yes, those are streamers around August's and my heads.)"][/caption] I spent the weekend at my ...

We Need a Horse and how to be weirdly grateful

Yesterday, my dear friend Katie (in San Francisco) sent me a package with two letters, a magazine, and three lovely children’s books (I mean incredibly beautiful, you’ve never seen a book so beautifully made) in the mail. Her husband works for McSweeney’s, the eccentric, progressive publishing house and magazine ...

Off to Awesomeland!

There are some weeks (like this one) where I don’t post much because I’m utterly exhausted and I’d rather go to sleep at 10 every night. And I figure you’ll forgive me. Then there are some weeks when posting should be against Mama:Monk’s rules. Next week will be one of those weeks. You see, not only did we just ...

A day to be thankful in a month full of grateful.

[caption id="attachment_1639" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="August cheering after a successful rock skip by Tomales Bay"][/caption] After a week where I actually recorded all my grateful thoughts in a journal and now have apparently lost that journal. But, does that mean I've lost my Grateful?! By all means, ...