Amber Harder

Amber Harder
Amber has lived in Minnesota her whole life, with a 4-year stint in Iowa for college (Go Norse!). She and her husband met while both trying to kayak for the first time. The kayaking didn’t go well, but their relationship did! They’ve been married for over 10 years and have four incredible children. Amber describes herself as a recovering perfectionist, unashamed introvert, and extremely empathetic. Her favorite moments are those rare ones during the day when time stands still and she can see with fresh eyes the amazing little people who call her mom.

A Letter to My (More) Rested Self

Hey there. I've noticed you have been looking a little bit more rested lately so I wanted to have a chat before too much time has passed. I didn't want you to be so...

Do I Love You Enough?

My family is formed through both adoption and birth. We adopted from Ethiopia first, then I gave birth to two more children. My relationship with my oldest daughter is complex because, at the back...

Mud Pies and Other Things That Terrify Me

I will be the first to admit that I do not care for sticky, messy, dirty, or slimy things. My mom tells the story of when I was a little kid in ECFE and...

Getting Down with My Kids

I should track my steps each day. It has to be close to 100,000. I'd say 30,000 steps come from getting everyone three meals and three snacks a day. About 20,000 steps would come...

…And Then We Had a Family Bedroom

When I take the time to step back and examine in my life, I am often surprised by the mom I am versus the mom I thought I would be. Before I had kids, I...

How Food Games Helped My Picky Eaters

When I first became a mom, I had high hopes of my child eating every type of food on the planet. Then I got tired. And had more kids. And it was all I...

Legos on a Whole New Level at the Science Museum of Minnesota

I think one of the neatest things we as moms get to experience is that look of awe and wonder on our children's faces. I witnessed this recently when my kids entered the Towers...
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Tell Me What It’s Like

Moms of big kids, Tell me what it’s like. Tell me what it’s like to sit down uninterrupted with a cup of coffee in the morning and not have to warm it up three times before eventually forgetting it...

Dialing Ethiopia: The Day I Called My Daughter’s Birth Mother

I suppose the journey to be in contact with our child's birth mother started even before we were matched with our daughter. It was in the early days when whispers of others' falsified documents...

Me In the Margins

I've come across so many great articles recently about how important it is to take "me" time as a mom. Can I be honest? I don't know how people do this during this stage...

What Are My Words Doing?

Words have power. What we say can help or hurt, sometimes for far longer than we intend. Even though it was years ago now, I vividly remember the day that I realized how much power...

Hey, Wait Up!

How long does it take you to leave the house? For some reason lately, it's taking my three kids and me longer and longer and longer to leave the house. My breaking point occurred...

Motherhood: A Thankless Job… Until Now

Do you ever long for someone in your household to recognize something you've done - anything - and say thank you for it? It doesn't feel too promising that this will happen anytime soon...

The Day I Met My Daughter

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. January 24, 2012. An ordinary day for most, but for my husband and I, it was monumental. It was the day we met our daughter. The 30-month wait was over and we were...