40 in 40 · Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Why My Laundry Is Holy

“Shavuot … is a calling to bring transcendence and spirituality into this world. We don’t aim to escape this world, we aim to transform it.” Rabbi Shmuel Reichman One of the things that most appealed to me when I was first learning about Judaism was the way it touched every aspect of life. Something as commonplace as… Continue reading Why My Laundry Is Holy

40 in 40 · Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

Out Of Our Hands

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.       Anne Frank When I am having a bad day, making many parenting mistakes, despairing of the example I’m setting, this quote gives me encouragement. When I am feeling proud… Continue reading Out Of Our Hands

Miscellany · Motherhood

A Breath Of Fresh Air

School has been officially closed since March 17. Here in Ohio, we’ve been staying at home and social distancing since March 23. Not surprisingly, we’re all a little tired of it. But, of course, we are all doing our best to make the best of it, and we take our social responsibility seriously. The kids… Continue reading A Breath Of Fresh Air

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

So Many Things To Tell You

Hello hello hello my friends! I don’t even know where to start. I am so excited about the things I have to share with you today. First of all, I just came back from the most amazing retreat, the Project Inspire Retreat For The Body And Soul (remember I told you I was going to… Continue reading So Many Things To Tell You

Motherhood

Ten Stages Of Parenting A Challenging Child

Most parents have hopes and dreams for their children. We want them to be happy, to be emotionally balanced and successful in their lives, in their relationships, in making a living, in finding a place in a community. To get married, start a family. To find the same connection to G-d that we have. Most… Continue reading Ten Stages Of Parenting A Challenging Child

Motherhood

Why You Should Hire A Doula (Even If You’re Getting An Epidural)

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, then this is old news, but I would feel deeply negligent if I didn’t also post my good news here on the blog! This, the blog where the birth stories of most of my other kids (at least, my second son, my first daughter, my third son)… Continue reading Why You Should Hire A Doula (Even If You’re Getting An Epidural)

Mesorah (Jewish stuff) · Motherhood

Learning Through Painful Experiences

I was commenting last night to my husband how so many of my pieces over the years have come about because I’ve been finding some way to deal with, manage and grow through painful personal experiences. It’s actually one of the things I like best about Judaism, that there are just so many tools to… Continue reading Learning Through Painful Experiences

Motherhood

You Are Doing Just Fine

My kids’ school has this excellent program called “Social Skills.” It teaches them very useful concepts like not interrupting, “friendly talk,” “brave talk,” and other ways of learning how to be in the world, how to deal with their feelings in a healthy way. I love this program because it presents these concepts to kids in… Continue reading You Are Doing Just Fine

Mesorah (Jewish stuff) · Motherhood

the Best Pregnancy-Related Purchase Ever, plus Round Three of Orthodox Women Talk

{The latest round of Orthodox Women Talk is up over at Rachel Eden’s blog!  We’re talking about our favorite way to infuse our lives with Judaism.  Check it out! }  It’s eight days ’til my due date.  I’m not really taking this deadline so seriously, as all of my babies have been born exactly a week… Continue reading the Best Pregnancy-Related Purchase Ever, plus Round Three of Orthodox Women Talk