That Old Blue Sleeping Bag is Story #FMF

I sent her off to her first sleepover with my old-ish, blue sleeping bag. It’s the sleeping bag we bought at Cape Union Mart in Cape Town aeons ago, preparing for my first trip to Germany. I was 16. She’s 8 and she’s excited. She’s been preparing for two days for this sleepover. And her […]

Changing our World: Making Room for Strangers

Changing our World: Making Room for Strangers I wrote over on SheLoves Magazine today: Most days as a mother trying to teach my children to be kind and include others, I feel like I’m talking to the walls, the Polly Pockets or the dog. Last week, in the library at Linwood House, I saw a moment […]

Life's Blender Moments. Or: what NOT to do with clean carpets.

Last night I had, in the words of Esther Shu, one of Life’s blender moments. You know, when you get tossed in the blender and someone flips the switch to High. We had lots of errands to run on Day Two of being back in full Mommy Mode. Drop off. Pick up. Take dog to […]

Haiti: Making Sense of Suffering in my So-Called Perfect World

Idelette’s note: I wrote this piece in the week following the earthquake in Haiti. It seems appropriate to post it as part of my reflection on Lent and Suffering. Haiti: Making Sense of Suffering in a So-called Perfect World I made banana bread with my 4-year-old this afternoon, while the two-year-old napped. We stood at […]

A Grace Reward

It just came to me that I should implement a Grace reward in our home. After a day with three young children (5, 4 and 19 months), sometimes it feels like my ears are still ringing from their high-pitched efforts to let me know how the others are falling short: “Mommy, Gabi is not letting […]