On being in Working Mother Magazine...the thrill, the guilt and the office decor.

I have posted on our social media pages {Facebook | Instagram} about something kind of exciting that happened to me this year....more

On Motherhood and Losing Myself

I remember the first time it happened: It was shortly after Theo’s birth and I was still in the hospital. My mother and husband were in the room with me when the nurse came in to do something—maybe weigh him or help bathe him or check his vital signs. After she finished, she said, “All right, now I’ll give him back to mom,” and I felt momentarily confused. Why was she handing my son off to my mother? Shouldn't she give him to me or my husband? ...more
Such a great post. I remember the first time the pediatrician's office called and asked, "Is ...more

5 Tips for Rocking SAHM(ommyhood)

After being a working mom for the last few years, life has changed a bit and I'm trying my hand at being a stay at home mom. I'd heard from my friends that being a stay at home mom wasn't a job for the weak. My friends weren't lying. I'm more tired as a stay at home mom than I ever was when I worked outside the home. I think it's because I have way more physical labor now. Instead of sitting behind a desk, I am hauling my kids around, in and out of car seats and shopping carts as we head off on our daily adventures....more
My wife is finally back to being a SAHM, after 3 years of being a stay-always-at-work manager.   ...more

Clean Freak

Do any other Moms have super weird cleaning issues...or am I lost in my own little crazy world?I hate a messy house. It causes me a lot of anxiety. My house directly affects my mood. If it's in chaos then chances are I am not feeling well and will literally lay awake thinking about it.If there are factors in my life that are out of control I will immediately begin organizing and purging. Because you may not be able to control a catastrophic bill, but you can have clean floors.......more

Fanny Pack Mom Begins

 My name is Audra Wray and I am a fanny pack mom. A fanny pack mom? You may be wondering what that could possibly mean......allow me to explain....more

I Made Mom Cry

*Lovingly dedicated to you, if your kids made you cry this summer*Yesterday I made my mom cry....more

Intentional Parenting Can Wait

I stood at the white picket gate in the backyard and felt it rising in me, from even deeper than the pit of my stomach. That unwanted feeling that I have become more familiar with than I ever wanted to be. Shame. I had snapped, again. I barked at the little face in front of me about being told to close the gate so the dog doesn't get out. I issued ultimatums that this was the last time I was getting up to help him fetch the ball from the neighbor's yard. Next time he was out of luck. I sighed that I just wanted to relax for a few minutes, and he was making that impossible. ...more
I had not heard about the "intentional parenting" thing. Perhaps because my youngest of 3 just ...more

My Real Job: I Am a Stay-at-Home Mom

I've been having trouble writing lately, trouble finding my voice and trouble finding time to write in this season of motherhood. I feel myself being pulled in too many directions and struggling with self-doubt as a stay-at-home mom. I always hesitate when someone asks me what I “do.” ...more
I can't seem to make the "getting enough sleep" work...  ;) But, I tell myself just about every ...more

Motherhood Truths

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So ... Now I'm a Parent?

the past 6 weeks have had me reflecting on this journey that jp and i have gotten ourselves on. we jumped on a fast moving train and 6 short weeks ago we were welcomed into a very special club of “motherhood.” i’ve been thinking of what it means to be a parent and trying to really let that feeling … that notion … sink in. what does it mean to be a parent? is that something i’m supposed to feel the minute i laid my eyes on my little girls? or is it something that evolves, and is constantly changing as life moves on? i think it’s both....more