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Glennon Melton
Glennon finds life and parenting to be both brutal and beautiful. Brutiful, she calls it. She writes about her brutiful life at Momastery. Writing helps Glennon heal from her bulimia, alcoholism, and jerkiness. Shopping does not help her heal, but she will die trying to disprove that. Glennon loves Jesus, gay people, adoption and rearranging furniture. In the interest of combining all her loves, she has asked Jesus to help her adopt Nate Berkus. Glennon leads the Monkees, a group of thousands of women who meet at Momastery to support each other in big and small ways.

Entries by Glennon Melton

Der nächtliche Kampf: Die Kinder ins Bett bekommen

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 9:42 AM

Ich ließ Craig gestern die nächtliche Runde von „Hau-den-Maulwurf" [Whack-a-mole] (auch bekannt als Schlafenszeit) bewältigen und machte es mir um 19.45 auf der Couch bequem. Das ist wie meine Siegerrunde - auf der Couch liegen.

Der Tag ist vorbei, weg ist der Sohn, weg sind die Mädchen, vorbei...

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Getting to My Bedtime Victory Lap

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 12:02 PM

I let Craig handle last night's round of "Whack-a-Mole" (bedtime) and settled into the couch at 7:45. It's like my victory lap -- that couch settling.

Day is done, gone the son, gone the girls and the the fights and the whiiiiines. All is calm -- Bravo ooooon -- sleep...

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This Brilliant Math Teacher Has a Formula to Save Kids' Lives

(6) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 9:03 AM

A few weeks ago, I went into Chase's class for tutoring.

I'd emailed Chase's teacher one evening and said, "Chase keeps telling me that this stuff you're sending home is math -- but I'm not sure I believe him. Help, please." She emailed right back and said, "No problem! I...

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Hör auf mit Deiner Avocado auf mich zu zeigen!

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 8:03 AM

Ich werde oft gefragt: „Glennon, wieso lästern andere Mütter immer über mich? Wie entkomme ich dieser Konkurrenz unter Mamas?" Ich antworte darauf immer: Wenn ihr den nicht mehr wollt, müsst ihr aufhören daran zu glauben. Mit dieser Konkurrenz ist es wie mit dem Schämen - auch das existiert nur für...

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Las preguntas que salvarán tus relaciones

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 12:01 AM

Cuando era la mamá de tres diminutos, ruidosos y preciosos mocosos, había DÍAS QUE SE HACÍAN ETERNOS. Craig salía de casa a las 6 de la mañana y cuando yo veía que se iba duchado y planchado, me sentía profundamente dolida y asombrada por tener que pasar tanto tiempo sola...

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Die Fragen, die Ihre Beziehungen zu anderen Menschen retten werden

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 9:29 AM

Als ich noch Mama von drei sehr kleinen, chaotischen und liebenswerten Rackern war, gab es Tage in meinem Leben, DIE EINFACH NIEMALS ENDEN WOLLTEN. Craig ging jeden Morgen um sechs aus dem Haus, und wenn ich seiner frisch geduschten und gebügelten Erscheinung so nachblickte, schätzte ich mich wahnsinnig glücklich, so...

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The Questions That Will Save Your Relationships

(37) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 11:50 AM

When I was a mama of three very tiny, very messy, very beautiful rug rats, we had DAYS THAT WENT ON FOR LIFETIMES. Craig left at 6:00 a.m. every morning and as I watched his showered, ironed self leave the house I felt incredibly blessed and thrilled to have so...

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5 Ways To Secure Your Happy-ish Ever After

(20) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 10:50 AM

My friend Fawn, over at Happy Wives Club asked me to answer this question for her:

Glennon, what do you believe about marriage?

Um, WOW. Well, a lot of things. Here are five:

1. If neglect or abuse is present in your marriage and you are being hurt,...

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Our Kids Never Asked For Martyrs

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 3:34 PM

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because the world needs more people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman

I went to school for Tish's conference this morning. All is well enough. She's doing fine -- especially in her own estimation.

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I've Got Spirit, And So Do You

(62) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 11:01 AM

This piece was first posted on

It's been an interesting week for me.

Last Friday was National Coming Out Day, so I re-posted this essay. In it I said if Jesus were to show up on Earth for a visit anytime soon, my bet...

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5 Reasons Social Media Is Dangerous for Me

(14) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 12:50 PM

Since I'm a recovering bulimic, I have to keep a close eye on my relationship with food. Lately, I've been struggling with food a bit. More accurately, I've been ambushing food. Struggle suggests resistance and the problem with food is that it never puts up much of a fight. It...

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Quit Pointing Your Avocado At Me

(106) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 2:20 PM

People are always asking me: "Glennon, Why are other mothers so judgmental? How do I escape from all the mom-petition?" My answer is always this: If you need it to disappear, stop believing in it. Competition is just like shame. It only exists for people who believe it does.


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I Love Gay People and I Love Christians. I Choose All.

(456) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 4:43 PM

This piece first appeared on Momestery

If you haven't read the original Mountain post, please start here.

I'm not a smart man. But I know what Love Is. - Forrest Gump

Several years ago at church, Craig and I sat through a sermon condemning homosexuality....

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Speaking Of Kairos

(52) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 1:02 PM


This is a screenshot of one of my Facetime calls with Chase. When I called, Craig had to go outside and pass the phone to Chase in a tree. Chase was hanging out in a tree. I was hanging out in Times Square in...

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On Momotony and Sacred Work

(37) Comments | Posted June 1, 2013 | 7:33 AM

Sisters and brothers -- summer is coming. Momotony (doing things all day that just get undone and then doing the same things the next day and the next and the next and...) is on its way. Let's prepare.

A new monk in a monastery had just finished his breakfast. Finding...

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How To Keep Our Babies Safe

(10) Comments | Posted April 20, 2013 | 12:37 PM

Things are feeling a little out of control, aren't they?

We're raising our kids in a terrifying world. We believe it's worse than ever. We say the world these days ... it's no place to raise a child -- and while that seems true to us, I think every parent...

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Sister Warriors Create A Miracle

(89) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Please read this message and then re-read it and re-re-read it. Allow what happened at this Maryland grocery store yesterday to sink down deep into your bones and remind you that always and forever - the Truth Is Love.


Dear G:

Today is Nicholas' birthday. I went grocery...

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Lover of the Light

(259) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 1:40 PM

Since I announced my separation, I've received love like never before. I'm grateful for it. I've also received advice like never before. Every message I've received that contained advice about what I should do next like fight for my marriage and never give up and allow God to redeem all...

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Mastering the Mom

(9) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 9:16 AM

I never give parenting advice, for obvious reasons. This comes as a disappointment to folks who find my blog hoping it's called "Mom-mastery." As in MASTERING MOTHERHOOD. Oh, God. It makes me shudder every time that's said, and it's said a lot. We don't master motherhood there. I...

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The Talk

(50) Comments | Posted August 25, 2012 | 10:12 AM

School is beginning. Many readers have written to ask me what our family "Back to School" traditions are. If I haven't responded, it's because I stared at those questions and thought: CRAP. I'm supposed to have Back to School traditions?

If any, I suppose our traditions are getting crazy excited...

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