• Why I Quit Teaching and Will Never Go Back

    Meg Larsen August 19, 2021

    I’ve written this essay over a dozen times since I first sat down to write it in May of 2020. I keep waiting for enough time to pass that my words aren’t clouded by emotion, but time keeps passing and the feelings are still there.

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  • What I Learned From Daniel Tiger Today

    Meg Larsen February 25, 2021

    The day had started so well. Then, as happens all too often when you’re a parent, things went awry.  My mom was due to fly in at 11:30 am and I was ecstatic because I hadn’t seen her in six months. She’d spent almost a month with us in July after my son James was born, but her October trip was canceled when my uncle got Covid and our Christmas…

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  • A Story of Two Valentines

    Meg Larsen February 14, 2021

    How We Met: My Story “So, what’s your story?” These were the first words I said to Brad, right before I was about to share my own story–my testimony, in fact–as part of a series of faculty-led breakout sessions during Spiritual Emphasis Week at the high school where we were teaching.  We had seen one another before, but Brad had just started working at the school, so we hadn’t officially…

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  • BLW at 6 Months: Are You Insane?!

    Meg Larsen January 30, 2021

    Okay so I don’t actually think people who start baby-led weaning at six months are insane, but holy heck it has not gone well for us. A couple of weeks ago, James had his six month well-baby appointment at the pediatrician’s office and she cleared him to start all the food (except the standard baby no-no foods like whole grapes, nuts, and honey). Prior to this, James had started to…

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  • Our Covid Birth Story

    Meg Larsen July 22, 2020

    Going Into Labor “What an insane experience.”–These were my husband’s words as we pulled out of Honor Health Shea Medical Center on Saturday afternoon, July 18th, about 60 hours after the birth of our first son, James. It truly was an insane experience in so many ways; insane in terms of both its contextual oddity and personal profundity. 60 hours in the middle of a global pandemic changed our lives forever.…

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  • How (Not) To Install a Carseat

    Meg Larsen May 29, 2020

    A couple of weeks ago, Brad and I faced one of the inevitable rights of passage that all expecting parents must face: the installation of the car seat. I’m not sure whether it was movies, web articles, or popular lore that instilled me with the message that installing car seats is difficult, but regardless of the source, it was a message I had heard many times and had confidently chosen…

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  • Motivation: Struggling to Follow Through and Focusing on the Essentials

    Meg Larsen May 16, 2020

    I’ve been on a roll the past couple of days when it comes to home maintenance. This evening, while tidying up the house from the day’s activities of projects, chores, and eating, I caught myself thinking, “Gosh, I wish I were always this motivated to keep the house clean.” We all struggle with this right? We love the feeling of a clean and tidy home, but somehow, despite our best…

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  • Wanderlust: Reflections on Los Angeles

    Meg Larsen May 11, 2020

     Maybe it’s being stuck at home for two months now, but lately, I’ve been feeling the wanderlust itch. I go through these seasons in my life where I just need to “go.” It doesn’t really matter where or for what purpose, but I need to go, somewhere.  Unfortunately, due to a lack of financial means and a deep-seated sense of practicality, I often end up not actually going anywhere or…

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  • Review: Bringing Up Bébé

    Meg Larsen May 10, 2020

    Rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis: Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman (2012) provides a practical, comprehensive approach to parenting based on French parenting techniques designed to address some of the most common struggles faced by American parents. Part guidebook, part memoir, Druckerman entices readers with a self-deprecating and whimsical tone that encourages rather than intimidates.    Review: I have to begin this review by confessing that this is the only parenting book I have…

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  • Our Covid Virtual Baby Shower

    Meg Larsen May 7, 2020

    Rivers of tissue Flow betwixt cardboard mountains. A toast to you, Baby.  –A Virtual Shower Haiku Pregnancy is a beautifully weird experience regardless of the circumstances of the pregnancy, but being pregnant in the middle of a global pandemic has been a particularly interesting and at times rather odd experience.  I feel extremely lucky that the worst I can say is there have been some frustrating inconveniences such as not…

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