white like me {chapter 2}

An alternative title to this post: WHY DO YOU HATE AMERICA?? I’ve been asked this question several times over the past few years. I do not, in fact, hate America. I just don’t worship her, that’s all. And I’m not afraid to dig around and get to the root of the truth about her past & how it affects her present-day (and, ultimately, her future). (And I pledge allegiance to Jesus Christ alone, but that’s …

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a tale of two women

We’re in a gray room, sitting on the floor beside each other, our postures nearly identical, our knees pulled up to our chests. Two women in pain. She’s got her head buried in her arms, and she’s crying, no, sobbing, deep sobs that wrack her shoulders. My right elbow rests on my knees, and my chin is in my hand. I’m staring at the wall, frowning. And taking intermittent deep sighs. Strange that we’re here …

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our bucket list

The girls and I were sitting around the table tonight eating a lovely dinner of mashed potatoes (Gabe was at a meeting with a friend), and I said, “I have an idea. Let’s go around in a circle and take turns saying the things we want to do when we visit America next year.” Sometimes, it is a bad idea to start thinking about the things we want to do all the way next year, but …

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white like me {chapter 1}

Remember when I used to do online book clubs here on the blog? That was fun. Maybe I’ll do one again someday (I have a whole list of book ideas) but, for now, I’m thrilled that my dear friend, Jolie, is hosting a read-along of the book, White Like Me, on her blog for the next 10 weeks. Part of me feels like I just don’t have time to add this to my plate right …

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confession time (last one!)

Well. You people are just about the most encouraging things in the entire universe. You make it easy to say hard things. THANK YOU. Catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 if you’d like. Part 3 will be decidedly less angsty (please, Lord Jesus). Actually, let me get the angsty out of the way, and then we will all move forward into the light. Two things: 1.) Language school felt so hard today. The …

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confession time, part 2

This is why I don’t blog very often. Because, once I start, the flood is unleashed, and I have to divide it up into multiple posts. (Read Part 1 here.) So, I was talking about Nina… It hit me that Nina is NINE and, so often, we all just treat her like a grown-up. I mean, she went from half-day kindergarten to adult Khmer school, for crying out loud (with 3 years of unschooling in …

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confession time

We are not really doing all that well. Let me rephrase that. We are struggling a bit. Okay, sometimes a lot. We’re feeling sad and exhausted. It feels like we’re paddling upstream much of the time. Life seems really hard and we want some things we can’t have right now (the most glaring: communal living like we had at Abbey Lane). (I just barked at one of my daughters who asked me, “What are you doing?” …

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is your life on hold?

Have to chuckle just a bit. This Mommy Blogging is having a few effects on my Momming Life. For one, I was so busy typing my last post on the balcony yesterday morning that I didn’t realize my kids were still sleeping until 9 minutes before the bus (tuk-tuk) came to take us to school. Oops. And since I’m blogging about Mommy Things instead of injustice & what have you, my thoughts & feelings have to …

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non-denominational motherhood

That’s the title of one of my favorite chapters in Changing Your World One Diaper at a Time, and I got soooo much mileage out of it in my decade-long speaking career. Because comparing ourselves to other moms is a disease we just can’t seem to cure. Hold on a second. (We interrupt this Mommy Blogging for a Public Service Announcement. At church yesterday, it was Baby Dedication day. So sweet, so happy. But while …

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memory lane

memory lane

I had a moment yesterday. Actually a succession of moments. Moments where the fact that my girlies are growing up–and growing up FAST–just slammed into me like a 50-lb bag of rice. First, my friend Krysten shared this post about how 936 pennies will forever change how you parent. I wasn’t going to click on the link, because, for the most part, I stopped reading Mommy blogs forever ago. But I was curious about the …

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