With my 46th birthday approaching, it doesn’t take a long glance in the mirror to realize that babies, difficult life seasons, and age have marked my face and body a bit more than I like. I have way more lines around my eyes and mouth than I wish I had, a thicker middle than years […]
“You need to just sit down,” my husband calls. I protest. “I can’t. I still need to sweep the floor and fold the laundry and make some phone calls and…” well you know, the list could go on and on. And I could work on and on. I’m sure you could too. But we were […]
I admit it. Here in Alaska, I often feel downright lazy! Each summer, commercial fishing in these beautiful surroundings, we work hard and we work long. But when we’re not fishing, our simple life of no electricity and no extra “stuff” means we have few distractions. Our time when work is done is simply that—our […]
Can we just admit it? We moms can be good at playing the martyr. Young or old, it’s as though we’re programmed to believe that if we’re caring for ourselves then we’re neglecting the care of others. I’m guilty. I can convince myself in a heartbeat that my unshaven legs and cancelled doctor appointments are […]
Do you feel a bit stretched thin right now? Any of you mamas just on the verge of, or well past, wanting to pull your hair out (or someone else’s :-/ )? If so, please PAUSE… and BREATHE… And know that everything that’s making you crazy is temporary and won’t even be remembered by anyone this […]
This week, I babysat a friend’s granddaughter and I overheard a conversation between her and my youngest which left me nearly bent over with laughter. This red-headed cutie asked, “When’s your mom gonna get bigger?” My daughter quickly responded, “She’s not. She’s as big as she can get. Now she’s just gonna get shorter, fatter, […]
…So, how much should a Jesus-loving wife and mother care about her swimsuit-clad body, and what do I want my daughters to learn as spring rolls into summer?
The reality is, we live in a hyper-sexualized culture that equates sexiness with value. It screams at us that a hot body will lead to a happily-ever-after life and that if only we can rock a bikini (at any age) and draw the stares of men, then we will find all our hearts long for and fill the vacuum in our souls. The fact is, all of that is a lie.
I remember the 6th grade like it was yesterday. After all, I walked its halls many years after I left its classrooms. It was the year that changed my life forever—the year that the boys noticed I didn’t look like the other girls who hadn’t developed quite as much over the summer. It was the […]
I’ve been dragging my feet on this post. I guess it’a because I’m really dragging my feet on getting started with new habits, and publishing makes me more accountable. Whew! That’s scary :-). I hope you’ve thought about my last post and decided with me that the best you ever starts with fitness from head to […]
Congratulations! If you are reading this, I know you are on your way to a healthier you and I am coming right along beside you, kicking my butt in gear to do what I know I should but haven’t for too long. A healthy mama is a mama who has more energy and more passion […]