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Reading, Writing and Listening: September 2018

I’m going to start tracking monthly the books I’ve read, exceptional podcast episodes I’ve listened to, and places my writing is published other than on my own blog. Books I Read Educated by Tara Westover: I’m linking this first because I can’t stop thinking about this book and recommending it. Educated is a memoir of…

It was Never about Purity: The Republican Party, Evangelical Church, and Brett Kavanaugh

That’s not relevant Evangelical leader Franklin Graham spoke these words in response to a question about Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged attempted rape of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when they were both high school students in 1982. Not relevant? Judge Kavanaugh is nominated for a LIFETIME Supreme Court appointment, a position with no accountability once he is…

It’s Complicated (Mitochondrial Awareness Week)

This week is Mitochondrial Disease Awareness week, and it’s also Grayson’s birthday week (the irony that they fall on the same week in September never escapes me). Grayson will be 8 (EIGHT!) on Saturday. I have such conflicting thoughts about Mitochondrial Disease. Mito has robbed Grayson of so much; his childhood is devoid of any…

Conquering Imposter Syndrome

In the eight years I’ve been blogging, I’ve had many people tell me “You should write a book!” Until this year, I dismissed that idea fairly quickly. I love to write, but I really love writing on the internet. Short, tight essays and articles, where I get mostly instant feedback, are what fuels my passion.…

Letters to Nolan: 3 Years

Dear Nolan, Friday night I tucked you into bed and kissed my two year old for the very last time. You are now three, and our family’s toddler years are behind us. This is bittersweet, but definitely more sweet than bitter. I love the little boy you are becoming- the way you talk in whole…

Mothering with Anxiety and Empathy

This morning I was helping Charlotte get dressed for church, a ritual that is always difficult, no matter how many advanced preparations I make. During the week, she is usually agreeable to put on the clothes I’ve picked out for her, but something about Sunday mornings is different. Her clothes, her hair and her shoes…

TimeHop, I Love You

Oh, TimeHop, I love you. Some days you make me sad and wistful, but most days you just make me smile. You are a nostalgic reminder of the highlight reel that is most of my social media feeds. I love looking at back at my teeny tiny babies, my in-another-life dog shenanigans, and my decade…

New School Year, New Season

There’s just a few short days left of summer, and Wednesday we’ll be entering a new season: all 3 kids will be in school 5 days a week! Our family’s biggest milestone is Charlotte starting Kindergarten, and although she doesn’t say much about it, I can tell she’s both excited and anxious. Her teacher called…

What I'm Reading and Listening to This Summer

I mentioned last week that I’m beginning the process of writing a book. I’m currently having an author website built that will house a new blog- I’m hoping it will be live in the next few weeks. My goal is to blog at least once a week and launch a bi-monthly newsletter as well, with…

Sunday Freewriting

On Sundays, I write. I wish my younger adult self had known this is what I need to do- this is what gives me life and lights a fire inside me. This is how I prove to the world that no, I’m not the quiet, compliant girl you think I am. I hate, hate, hate being…