The power of a meal, shared with friends

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail At the beginning of this year, my friend Rachael¬†had the simple but brilliant idea to start having regular dinner parties. She called it the Dinner Club for Underachievers, and she set the rules to be simple enough that even families in crazy seasons of life could participate. The rules are: Couples take turn hosting… [Continue Reading]

How we built our village

Yaya puts a shoe on one kid while...actually, I have no idea what's going on in this picture.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I often hear comments from people who know us in person about what a great support network we have. It is pretty crazy: Yaya, Joe’s mom, lives 10 blocks away. My mom lives two miles away, within the same network of neighborhoods. My grandfather lives 15 minutes north of us, and my dad recently… [Continue Reading]

A meditation on the shocking idea that maybe we’re actually not just lazy whiners

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail When Joe first saw me in the hospital, he said I reminded him of this scene from Office Space:. I had tubes in my nose, a 16-gauge IV in my hand that was causing me constant pain, had just received a daunting diagnosis that left me with a ton of questions about both my… [Continue Reading]

On grief and neighbors

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Two weeks ago, I was scheming about moving. I was tired of trying to fit seven people into three bedrooms, tired of the fact that issues with our back yard mean that the kids won’t play out there for long periods of time, tired of scorpions stinging my children in the face. Also, a… [Continue Reading]

Mommyblogging and the water well

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As I mentioned back in February, closing comments for Lent gave me a lot of insight into the role that the internet plays in my life. I didn’t want to get into too many details in that post since I knew it would lend itself to discussion, so here is the promised Part II…. [Continue Reading]