health & wellness · Modern Domestic Women

A taste of peace

I’ve had a taste of peace. I’m talking real peace during my day, where I am negotiating with 5-year-olds without getting flustered, moving through uncomfortable conversations at work with ease and content in walking out my door being myself. This peace did not happen over night, my friends, nor am I at peace 24 hours… Continue reading A taste of peace

Modern Domestic Women

Couple at Chanticlare Farm growing crops for family, friends and community

I sat in awe watching Mary Rossow harvest her late summer crop in Aurora, all the while she gently unearthed carrots and vibrant varieties of chard and gorgeous kale. Effortlessly she worked, her 4-year-old son Aldo in tow, chit chatting away about this and that, and just behind him, his 2-year-old brother Kieron pushing a… Continue reading Couple at Chanticlare Farm growing crops for family, friends and community

health & wellness · Power Women

Getting past the fog and weariness

Two years ago, I was a 38-year-old mother with three children, working a couple of jobs, barely maintaining a home and scarcely connecting with my husband. I thought the exhaustion I felt was normal. Whenever I had dark circles under my eyes and went out in public, people would say: “Are you OK? You look… Continue reading Getting past the fog and weariness

Emotional Baggage

Rockin’ the mini van and proud of it

I’m not ashamed to admit I love my minivan. Truth be told, I’ve been rocking the mini since college and believe me, back then everybody loved riding in the van. At first, I cringed at the thought of tooling around town in a suburban mom mobile, but then again, I had no choice. I certainly… Continue reading Rockin’ the mini van and proud of it

Household Hints

Five steps to regain inner peace with your home

I recently moved into a new house. Well, new-er, I should say, it was built in the 1920s. One of the areas I struggle with is contentment, and with the purchasing of a new home, there are always some immediate needs. Like new paint. And extra cleaning supplies. And a new couch. And new lawn… Continue reading Five steps to regain inner peace with your home

health & wellness

When mama’s happy, everybody’s happy

Last week, my family took our very first vacation together. While I was eager to get away from the Midwest and bask in the sunshiny beaches of Clearwater, Fla., I stressed about getting everything done on my to-do list before I left. Work had to be complete for the next week. When you work in… Continue reading When mama’s happy, everybody’s happy