I feel like I’m cheating on my friends

By Brittany Rollins, Core Writer I have some great friends from my high school days. Actually, let me correct that: I have some great friends from my elementary school days. Sixth grade is when we first bonded over boys, softball, volleyball, and sleepovers. Then came college, fiancés, bachelorette parties, and bridesmaid dresses. We’ve been there … [Read more…]

My solution to the “It goes by so fast” cliche

By Sarah Rieke, Core Writer We’ve all been there. In the front lobby of the grocery store trying to scope out the cart with the least wonky wheels, lifting one kid into the back basket part and one into the front seat, all the while trying not to completely smoosh the baby strapped to your … [Read more…]

The chance to show up

By Brett Baker, Core Writer I don’t have a lot of personal experience with tragedy. I was fortunate to grow up in a healthy home, and I’ve gotten through most of my adult life without a tremendous amount of grief. I’m thankful for this–very thankful. I’ve dealt with dysfunction, trauma, depression and other heavy issues, … [Read more…]

Loving Enough to Let Go

By Beth Worth, Guest Writer One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given as a young mother came from my mother-in-law, Betts.  Betts told me the most difficult part of parenting was “holding on while letting go.”  Of course, I thought she was crazy.  Here I was, married to her youngest son … [Read more…]

It’s just because you’re always there

By Jessica Buczek, Guest Writer Last week, in the middle of dinner, our son bounded over to my husband’s place at the table and gave him a great, big squeeze. No prompting. No reason. Just a love-hug in the middle of family dinner. Shortly after, our daughter leaned in and said, “Daddy, I give you … [Read more…]

The Wide Gulf

By Marybeth Davis Baggett, Guest Writer I don’t remember where the tub came from. Probably from my baby shower, or maybe it was one of the items I picked up from the consignment store. I don’t think it was a hand-me-down from a family member, though I did have my aunt to thank for the … [Read more…]

I’m not the Fun Mom

By Laura Wailes, Core Writer I’m not the fun mom. I’m actually not the fun anything. It’s not that I’m a planner or need to be in control; it’s just that I’ve never been good at being silly or just playing around for no reason. I’d much rather be discussing something I’ve read or learning … [Read more…]