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End of Summer Update

End of Summer Update

Brewer Cousins at the Baxter Wedding – photo by Kelly Dean Photography Phew, guys… August sure was a month. On August 9th, I found out my Gramps (my birth father’s Dad) passed away. While we weren’t close in proximity, we both highly valued our relationship. Gramps was an encourager of my education, of thinking for myself, and one who modeled hard work and an adventurous spirit. I am so grateful for the many years we got to spend together, and will miss him dearly. We celebrated his life together with our extended Simmons family on August 22nd. Two days after I ... Read More »

What We Think We Are Promised

What We Think We Are Promised

We all have plans for our lives – specific ways we think they should go. We imagine that because we are good people who make the right choices, we will somehow be rewarded. Or for those of us who believe in God, we think because our faith is strong and we trust Him unwaveringly, He will give us the deepest desires of our hearts. This is true especially for those big milestone things: the dream job, the perfect spouse, or a happy, healthy family. Sometimes things seem to work out that way, but quite often they do not. Read More »

The Reality of Grown-Up Thanksgiving

I am a sucker for family traditions and all their trappings. I love the holidays. I have a big family (three sides due to three parents, one departed) and Nick’s is even bigger (four)! The organized chaos of kids, parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents milling about, collaborating in the kitchen, and catching up on the latest in each others lives makes my heart happy. Read More »

On Practicing Patience and Waiting for Children

On Practicing Patience and Waiting for Children

There are many things Uganda changed in me, but of all the things this one is perhaps the most life-altering. It flipped my baby switch to “on.” If you are a long-time reader, you know that I have been slowly working my way through my fears of becoming a mom. The year I got married, I declared No Babies ’til 2015. I was Staving Off the Baby Rabies. And earlier this year, I admitted to the Trepidation of Urban Motherhood. Last year I would walk to work every day and pass moms and nannies pushing strollers. I would ask myself: ... Read More »

The Trepidation of Urban Motherhood

Photo Credit: Michael Comeau, Creative Commons I am thinking more often and more actively about what it looks like to be a mom in the city. I am asking more questions of friends who are moms, babysitting for friends, and finally picking up books that talk about child-rearing. I should know by now… this is how I do things. I am a researcher and fact-gatherer at heart. I want to be fully informed on whatever is my current topic of interest. I want to discuss it with anyone who will listen, and then eventually at some point, I feel ready ... Read More »

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