Join me at Parenting Upstream

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Have you ever that moment when you realized you just had to move on? Something changed. Maybe it was you. Maybe it was your environment, but being where you were just didn’t feel right anymore.

I started to feel like this with my little blog home.

You’ve seen me there for the last four years, writing my heart out. You’ve seen some successes and some not-so-big-successes. I’ve grown a lot over those last few years. I started working full-time as a writer and editor. Some people even published my stuff! So it probably won’t come as a surprise to learn I’ve outgrown my old space.

This is a bit sad, but don’t worry, things are really improving. Today I’m launching my brand-new blog Parenting Upstream. It’s a lot more focused on parenting and relationships based on a specific philosophy. Talking about faith and culture and family has kind of become my niche. With this new blog you will find a lot of things DeidaWrites didn’t have. I’ll have my own Facebook and Pinterest pages. I’ll have some bestselling authors guest-blog for me with their own reflections on parenthood. And I’ll also be hosting some great giveaways during my debut month. Parenting Upstream takes things practical with a Resources page—here you can find recommended reading and lots of other places where you can find answers to your parenting questions.

If any of this sounds at all like something you might enjoy, I’d love it if you would pop over and click around a bit. And if you like what you read, feel free to select one of those share buttons at the bottom of the posts. Each share helps spread the word about this new place I’m calling my virtual home.

Right now you are probably wondering what it means to Parent Upstream and how do we do that? I’ll give you a clue … you can’t do it alone.


Saying Farewell, but not Goodbye

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morning-bloomsI started writing as a newly-wed. I had just discovered the world of blogging and I hunkered down and created a very humble url. I was so fearful about that venture that I did it all under a pen name. For two years. I didn’t know how to write, but I did it anyway. I didn’t know what to write about, but I wrote until I figured it out. I just knew I had to do it.

I think I had a total of 18 people view that blog. When I got a little braver, I stretched myself again and created this url I’ve grown to love.

But lately, I’ve had that urge again. To re-explore, re-discover, and re-brand my writing. To figure out again just what it is I want to say.

All of you are graciously listening and joining the conversation, but what is it we need to be talking about? What’s the important conversation few people are having? Because that’s what I want to talk about.

I feel like the time has come to bid farewell to It’s been such a good home for me for the last three years. I’ve had thousands of visitors to the site, and I don’t take a single one for granted. I’ve had my dream of publishing come true since I’ve had this cozy dotcom. I announced our pregnancy here and talked about some pretty tough topics. In a way, it feels like this is my starter-house and I’m moving out.

But so many good things are ahead. In the coming weeks, I’ll give you more details about my new blogging home. It’s going to be a lot more robust with tons of resources, guest bloggers, and of course, the essays and posts you’ve come to know me by. It will be more focused on parenting and marriage–a perspective guided by conviction and as always, in light of culture.

There’s something exciting on the horizon, friends, and I just can’t wait to start this new journey!

How I’m Learning to Pray … by Talking Less

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sunset-401541_1280“Silence is the language of God. All else is poor translation.”

The older I get the more I know this to be true. There is something to be said for silence–for drowning out the noise with wonder and gratitude and wordlessness. Shutting down this internal conversation for me is no small feat. As a writer all I do is narrate what is happening around me. I have practiced this since I was a child. This month I’m approaching the last year of my twenties. I’ve been thinking about the next phase of my life quite a lot. And I realize I need a lot less chatter, clutter, talking, nonsense. I need less comparisons. Less rushes to judgement. Less vanity. Less self. Less me. Read the rest of this entry »

Motherhood by Generation Survey Results II

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baby-560892_1280In my last post, I talked about some interesting findings when survey participants answered the question “When I think of the way my mother parented, I wish she would have …” If you haven’t read that post, you can do that now. The results were incredibly insightful and this post builds on it.

Today I’m going to reveal some of the other interesting findings from this survey. I took a close look at the responses to the open-ended question:

“The most challenging part of motherhood is or was”

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