Adventures of Parenthood

Challenges, reflections and life-lessons gleaned from the adventures of parenthood. Share yours with us, too! We’re in it together.

Justin here:) This March, we're cutting meat from our diet. Why? Because cutting meat from our diet is one of the single biggest things we can do as individuals to prevent global warming. Wait... what? Did you know that the animal agriculture industry is responsible for more emissions than the exhaust of ALL global transportation? Yeah, neither did we. Sarah and I love meat. We're meat eaters, and I was personally extremely challenged when I discovered what you're about to read....

I'm obsessed with childbirth stories. Every new life amazes me. The power and strength God put in a woman amazes me. The beauty, the anticipation, the perseverance, the pain, the joy, the magic of life. In our culture we sort of have this "fear" of childbirth... but I get giddy-excited about the potential joy of it. Yes, it's uncertain. Yes, it's challenging. Yes,...

  This Canadian mommy of two is going to wear a dress every day of December! Brrrr. Seems weird, right? There’s a good reason. It’s called Dressember. It's about fighting an issue that bothers me deeply. It’s the fact that there are over 40 million slaves in the world today, at least 25% of whom are children. (according to the United Nations and International Labour Organization) That number almost doesn’t compute into lives when we hear it. It’s like, in my sheltered, middle-class, North American...

I'm not really a worrier. I've never really been one. My mother used to joke that I never worried enough... she probably still would. I used to pride myself on a carefree, chase-the-wind and embrace-life spirit. Skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting were my idea of recreation and adventure. And then I became a mom. And this unspoken shift happened. A shift I never expected. The worry. The fear. They can be something fierce. Sometimes...

Today is a guest interview with one of the most fun couples I know: Crystal and AJ Martin! From navigating time changes with littles, to puddle jumping, to marking special milestones and throwing parties, these guys know how to infuse fun into family life. But why does this matter? Think about the last time you had a good laugh. What did it do to you? When was the last time you had a good belly laugh. Ever laughed so hard that you cried? Fun does...

    Today is a guest interview with the lovely Melanie Faris! Melanie is a young mom with two babies at home under the age of 3. She's passionate about creating a healthy home, putting healthy food on the table, and building healthy habits into regular life that are actually do-able during this wild phase of parenting. But... it can be incredibly challenging to "do everything" we find on Pinterest from mom-blogger-extraordinaire types. And while it would be wonderful to have access to all the...

How are your New Years Resolutions going? It's almost the end of February. Maybe you're on track - maybe you're off track. Maybe they never got clear enough to set, or maybe you intentionally decided not to set any at all. Whatever your case, odds are you at least thought about 2018 and how you wanted it to be different than 2017. I have a tradition. Every year, in the quiet week after Christmas but before New Years Eve, I take some space and think. I sit in...

  There is this version of wife and mother and friend and young professional that I wish I was. And then there is this version that I am. How about you? Sometimes the woman I wish I was stares through the mirror at the woman I am. She doesn't scorn me, and I don't resent her. We make eye contact across strange planes of existence, but we never really meet. We're not in opposition to one other, we're not enemies or competitors... we're not...

We're pregnant! 17 weeks to be exact. We're thrilled! And nervous. And thankful. And exhausted! They say first trimester can be tough... With our first, I was tired, but didn't experience the spectrum of symptoms that can plague the first trimester. Thankfully! But the last few months of this year were some of the toughest. Although I'm thankful I wasn't throwing up, queazy waves would hit. It was a struggle just to hold my head up off the table almost every day. I wanted to go to bed...

When are you having a baby? When is the next one coming along? This question has me fired up these days. Because this question causes too much pain for too many people I love and care about. And I get asked this ALL the time. By well-meaning, curious people that I genuinely like. It's often just "casual conversation." But you need to know - this topic is NOT casual conversation. In one question, you are asking a woman about: Her relationship with...