Author: mandynoelle


I heard an interesting comment on the radio recently by a woman who was giving advice about how to be a better co-parent with your spouse.  My interest was obviously piqued, as I want to be good at that, but I was a little disappointed.  She said something along the lines of: my husband will […]

One to Two

I posted a question on Facebook somewhere around the third week of having two children: “Know what was easy?  One kid.” With just two short sentences, the condolences, encouragement, and praise started flowing towards me.  I didn’t even say having two kids was hard/awful/I’m dying, but maybe everyone just knew that from their own experiences? […]


Although I grew up in a third-world country, I had never seen flies swarming around children’s eyes until I visited Ethiopia in 2006. At the last minute (a few weeks before the team was leaving), one of the girls who was planning to go with a group from my church found out she was pregnant […]

Baby 101

Dear Friends Having Babies for the First Time, Isn’t it so exciting?  And overwhelming too!  There are so many things you need, so many more you don’t actually need and will just clutter up your house, and a few you would never buy on your own but will be so glad someone else does.  I’m […]


Judah, how old are you?  Two!  This is a conversation we’ve been having with Judah several times a day for the past few days.  We never taught him how to say “one,” and haven’t told him to hold up fingers and say “this many,” either.  He’s ready to say it, and he says it proudly! […]


I remember someone telling me once that she didn’t begin feeling comfortable in her own skin until she was thirty.  Thirty!  I wish I could remember who said this to me, because I can assure you the reason I recall the comment is not that I thought it was wisdom-filled.   Rather, it was categorized […]


I’m up with the baby. She’s six months old, as of the turning of the calendar last night at midnight, just under 20lbs, and not half as hungry as she thinks she is right now. She was sleeping so well just a few months ago, almost 12 hours by 3 months! I made the mistake […]

For my babies

Suddenly, I am a mother. I call the shots, make the grocery list, say “no” to Chicklets at the checkout counter.  I am a mother. For lunch I eat whole wheat bread crusts with the shape of a dinosaur missing.  I peel mandarins and pull each section apart, even peel the pale fibers off so […]