Battle Contingencies

“It is my life. My body.” The words are spit across the expanse of my kitchen, daring me to respond in kind. I want to. I really, really want to. But I know that a philosophical discussion about the age of responsibility for one’s mortal shell is not really what’s at stake here. Independence is…

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Soul Connections and Sunglasses

“I think that now, I thinking in English in my head.  It very strange!” Funny.  The Russian and English and the language of your country all rumbling around in my head?  They make me feel like we are home together, carving out a space for this family, connecting in those secret ways of mothers and…

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Like Little Children

The past few days have been quite challenging, as we are all adjusting to one another.  One of the unsung heroes in all of this is Little Man.  He’s been incredible—patient and adaptable.  And he has taught me so much about grace and love and paying attention to the things that really matter. Today, we…

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Pacifist Parenting

“Pick your battles.” It’s a phrase we all use in parenting…sometimes things aren’t worth getting fussed up over, and others are worth taking a stand on.  I’ve done it myself. And I’ve chosen the wrong battle more than once, and found myself entrenched on a hill I really didn’t care about dying on, but unable…

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