Wordless: How the Twins React to Santa

The twins will be 15 months old on December 25th. While they look alike and hit many of the same milestones, I’ve observed that they have been unique individuals since I could first differentiate their movements in the womb.   We met a gregarious Santa who got a kick out of holding twins. When he…

The Mindful Holiday Giving Guide

Welcome to the December edition of the Simply Living Blog Carnival – Gift Giving cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children and Laura at Authentic Parenting. This month, we write about taking the stress out of gift giving. *** What this gift guide is: A way to key in on how and why gifts…

Wanted Dead or Alive: One Jolly Old Elf

Part 7 in my Series on Giving and Forgiving You can also read Part 1: Deck the Halls with PsychoAnal Gifts, Part 2: The Spirit of Giving and Forgiving, Part 3: Balancing the Four Rooms, Part 4: The Candy Cane Crux, and Part 5: Why I Don’t Believe in Santa Claus, and Part 6: A…

The Candy Cane Crux

Part 4 in my Series on Giving and Forgiving You can also read Part 1: Deck the Halls with PsychoAnal Gifts  Part 2: The Spirit of Giving and Forgiving  and Part 3: Balancing the Four Rooms.     My two oldest sons and I were getting into mischief downtown this past weekend. They were running…

Balancing the Four Rooms

This is part three in my series on Giving and Forgiving… Forgiving yourself even when you can’t let go. In Part 1 of this series on Giving and Forgiving, I began with how my laughing epiphany helped me make the connection between giving and accepting freely. Please stop by to read the background for this…