Lone Ranger

I have a friend named Skeeter. She is always running in 27 different directions, taking her 2 kids here, there, and everywhere for different activities. She recently got a new car and I haven't totally adjusted to "spotting" her around town, but she always honks and waves!! I realized that she had called a few weeks ago and never called her back, so I immediately picked up the phone and called her. She was exclaiming as to her busy-ness and asked me, "Do you ever feel like you have to do everything on your own?...more

My Mom Doesn't Respect Our Santa-Free Christmas

Some of my parenting choices are a little bit unconventional. Not outrageously so, but mildly. I co-sleep and breastfeed my toddler. We did baby-led weaning. I skipped the purees and instead introduced table food at eight months. I don’t believe in spanking and I am not planning on telling my son that Santa Claus is a real person....more
Hi! As soon as I read the title of your post, I knew it was going to be interesting. :) I was ...more

Facing Jason

My eyes find a small pile of Jason’s things I forgot when I gather his belongings together, which have now have found their way to the corner of my living room. What should I do with them? I guess I should return them. It’s time…time to get them off my floor, time to give them back to him, and yes, time to face him yet again.I feel my heart beat faster and my nerves tense as I drive to where he is staying. I don’t know why I seem nervous, maybe it’s because I have no idea what he will say or do. I can’t stop thinking about all that’s happened in the past few weeks....more

The Benefits & Challenges of Unplugging

There is a new rule at our house. I am the only one affected by this rule, which is okay as I am also the author and enforcer of it. It's simple. If I am with Troy, my phone is turned off. Doesn't sound like a big deal right? Makes perfect sense and shouldn't be difficult... but it's astonishing how often I reach for my phone throughout the day. It's become my hard drive and my mental crutch. (Who was the actor in that movie? Google. Where is this restaurant? Google. What did Obama actually say about bayonets? Google.)...more
@cb_wood It sure is! -Momomore

A letter to my son

Long before you were born there was a park that I liked to go to on Sunday mornings when I got off of work. I went there other times too, and in my memory Judah was with me, though that is impossible, she wasn't born yet either.It was a park far on the eastern edge of Tucson.  Agua Caliente park.  It means hot water, and honestly I think it was the only park with a pond in the area.I worked the graveyard shift at Juvenile hall, talking all night to kids who had been arrested.  It was emotionally gruelling....more

Why I want a church home

After I posted on Facebook about my experiences with a local church congregation, I had several people contact me.  Some to encourage me and apologize for the church in general and others to say, “Why do you put yourself through this? Why not just worship God in your own way? Why put up with organized religion at all?” I thought about it a while and this is my response to both groups of people. ...more

Don't wean me yet, baby

 Baby T threatened to wean today.  I'm not sure what was going on, but all afternoon, he would climb up into my lap, lift my shirt, examine my breast and then turn away.  I felt a bit rejected and I felt a bit scared.  I asked him, " what's wrong?"  and he responded, "NO!"  Because at 20 months he doesn't have the words to answer that question....more
So glad he did, for both of your sakes!more

We've got the makings for a sit com...

  I certainly never planned my life to be like this, and if you had asked me 5 years ago, or even 1 year ago if I thought that I would be raising my son by myself, with the help of my mom and dad who live in the guest house in my back yard I would have howled with laughter.  But, here we are. I lived in Arizona with my boyfriend when I had my son.  My boyfriend suffered from Multiple Sclerosis and the heat was really hard on him, and he loved mountains.  I was originally from Oregon and after I had the baby it made sense to come back home.   It ...more

My Teenager is Finally Seeing that I'm Right

I talk a lot during the day. I tell people things, they listen. However, I don't really know if they are absorbing  the words of astute wisdom I offer up for free on a daily basis. I am very wise and I try to tell people that all the time. I think they think I'm kidding. ...more

Why I want a church home.

After I posted on Facebook about my experiences with a local church congregation, I had several people contact me.  Some to encourage me and apologize for the church in general and others to say, “Why do you put yourself through this? Why not just worship God in your own way? Why put up with organized religion at all?” I thought about it a while and this is my response to both groups of people. ...more
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