The most important like

teaching kids to like themselves

It happened innocently enough. I was posting a new photo of Parker in one of his costumes to Instagram and tagging it to #Parkerpretends. Parker was watching over my shoulder and saw several names showed up as “likes” underneath his picture. “What are those names for Mommy?” “Well when people like pictures on here they […]

That one time at the grocery store

kindness wins

Last night at the grocery store the woman three overflowing carts in front of me was having some issues at the register. I have no idea what was going on because I was too far away to hear but I know her groceries were mostly scanned and situated in her cart and she wasn’t leaving lane 15. […]

I’ll take a side of feminism with my motherhood please

#likeagirl

When I was finishing up my senior year of college, I went on a job interview for a huge corporation in our area. I wanted the job so badly I actually followed all of the interview preparation tips given by my least favorite but very successful Marketing professor. I researched the company, practiced shaking hands […]

A blanket statement about blanket statements

About blanket statements

With social media comes all kinds of blanket statements about how we should live our lives. Facebook posts tell us we must try pumpkin spice lattes and hot yoga or both at the same time before spin class. Instagram photos beg us to dress our kids in flowered headbands and moccasins while Twitter yells at us […]

On the way to you

parker pretends

This post might be for you but it might be for me. I heard a quote recently that said something to the effect of “our kids are better versions of ourselves.” I may or may not have heard this quote on an episode of Real Housewives of some city so it’s best that I don’t […]

What no one tells you about homeschooling

what no one tells you about homeschooling

I’ve been homeschooling my three youngest since September. I have always homeschooled McKenna but this is the first year we’ve been fully immersed in the homeschooling world. I’ve been surprised at the reality of what homeschooling is really like day in and day out. I knew it would be about lesson plans and A LOT […]

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Parker at 5 days old, the closest we could get to holding him.

I wish I could say I love holidays as much as I am supposed to. Hanging six stockings instead of seven and filling one less Easter basket is enough to make me want to pull the covers over my head and wake up once the fridge is full of leftovers.  But I have a wonderful husband […]

Bragging rights

preemie then and now

I don’t have a photographic memory but I can tell you exactly what I was doing on November 1st, from 2008 to probably 2012. My head was tilted to the side, probably leaning on some doorway, either in reflection or in search of a two second nap and I was watching my kids, in a […]

The truth about writing about the truth

deciding what to share when writing

I just finished the book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham which was mildly exciting because there’s raging controversy about the book right now and I usually don’t hear about controversy until Cliff Notes are available. This time I was actually reading the book that was the center […]

Breaking news from last month

dressing up a new puppy

We lost our little Ruby at the end of the summer. I’m late with the news but she was attacked by dogs and McKenna saw it happen and I can’t think about it for long before I hear the screams echoing all over again. Mark and I always joked that she was a therapy pig but […]