Finding Self-Compassion Through Truth

I recently read Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, where she wrote about the ten guideposts to whole-hearted living.  As I was reading, I found myself relating to many of her approaches.  I was particularly drawn to her discussion on vulnerability and shame. Her writing provided helpful language I now use when I talk …

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The Never Expected “Unexpected”

In the introduction to our blog, Wendi and I wrote, “While we continue to celebrate with each other all of the amazing things that happen in our lives, we have found that the times when we most need our friendships is during the unexpected detours that are inevitable in life.”  When we wrote these words, …

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Messy Everyday Life

Exciting new, The Unexpected Ever Afters, now has a pinterest page! You can find us at https://www.pinterest.com/theunexpectedeverafters/.  We are excited to have another way to reach readers and to share our stories and experiences! As Wendi and I were putting together our Pinterest page, we added a brief description of our blog: “The vision behind …

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Wandering Thoughts of a Semi-Bored Mom

This past weekend, I played the game Hungry Hungry Hippos with my kids.  This is the exceptionally straightforward game with four colorful hippos and a ton of marbles which create a lot of noise and chaos for about a minute while each player tries to gobble up marbles before the game comes to an anticlimactic …

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Just Do the Best You Can – A Bad Day in Parenting

I had one of those days where nothing was going as planned.  I had already shouted at the kids more times than I could count, and the tears from both of them seemed endless and unnecessary.  I literally spent 15 minutes with a mini screwdriver and a light-up car trying to fix a piece of …

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Resets – Life Lesson from a Toddler

It feels as if my life is on super-speed this season. Thanksgiving came and went, but in addition to the typical holiday excitement and stress, it also brought with it a good old-fashioned North Dakota snow storm. We had barely shoveled out of that when December came crashing in with work expectations, school expectations, social …

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Unexpected Moments of Unrestricted Joy

Sometimes I think it is easy to feel disappointed.  It can seem as if one bad thing is happening after another, and even the best moments seem to not quite meet expectations.  I find that there is an - expectation→ anticipation→ disappointment - loop that occasionally tries to take over, and it can often succeed …

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