The Flying, Healing Gift I Received When We Nearly Lost Our Son

My husband and I watched the movie About Time a few nights ago. It’s the story about a guy who can travel back in time whenever he wants, and he does so to get the girl of his dreams and the outcome he wants in certain life situations. I was ...more

Use These Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Day

Ever feel like there aren't enough hours in one day? I get you. I totally do. Time management is a tricky thing. When I started on my work-at-home journey, the biggest struggle I had was time management. I don't have regular working hours. Sure, I ...more

I Can't Remember My Son's First Words

First, let me say that I love my son. He has brought more joy to my life than I could ever have imagined. Good, now that we have that straight, I must confess. I don’t actually remember all of my son’s firsts. Nor do I have video documentation ...more

Can We Survive a Low-Tech Summer?

For the past few years, I have debated the benefits of letting my kids use technology during summer vacation. Most of the time, we are an unabashedly tech-friendly house. My kids have e-readers and laptops and our house probably has a few too many ...more

New House Rules!

Ridiculous in light of more important rules we need around here, but hey, a girl can dream. Funny thing is, we don't actually even HAVE any official household rules. It's on my list to thoughtfully draft some one day soon. I probably would have done ...more

BlogHer, Huffington Post Join Forces to Address Work/Life Conflict. Join Us!

We have all been there. Or, more accurately, not been there. We have missed a soccer game, an important day at school, a key doctor appointment for a sick parent. Or we have had to make impossible choices: sending a feverish child to school, fingers crossed he won't get worse, so you can go to work; putting off doctor appointments you know you need because you don't know how to fit them into your work schedule; going back to work just weeks after your baby is born because your family simply cannot afford to go without your salary....more
Fantastic. Love that this is happening. Stayed home with the girl, but continued schooling & ...more

We All Want to Raise Strong, Brave Girls

First of all, just writing that title made me go “AHJHJKJgajgdajsgdjhagdhja” because we all want this for our daughters, don’t we? We all want our daughters to grow up brave and empowered, able to stick up for themselves in an unpressured environment that, frankly, does not exist. And that’s really the root of all of this, isn’t it? The world is a rollercoaster. How do we help our girls ride without puking? Is there an antidote? An emotional Dramamine we can prescribe to keep them from feeling sick as they go up and down and upside down and backwards? ...more
Girls are not always neat and sweet. They don't always measure up to an idealized, version of ...more

Beyond Disneyland: California Destinations My Autistic Son Loves

"We love it when our guests are happy!" That's what the red-coated Monterey Bay Aquarium official told me, as she and I stood next to my son Leo, who was blissfully sprawled out on the the floor looking up at a tank full of sparkling anchovies. I had just explained to her that Leo was enraptured rather than upset or injured, and I hoped it was OK for him to be on the floor since his sisters and I were ringing him and he wasn't in anyone's way. Autism acceptance as guest relations policy. What a wonder. What a gift. ...more
Its a shame places like this dont have one day a week or a month dedicated to those with special ...more

Fighting Tooth and Nail!

We need nail trimming and tooth brushing tips and advice. I've had miles of advice throughout the years. ...more

Somewhere in France

Just popping in to say hello and to share what my sunsets have looked like in the past week.First this: Then this:I'll bet you can guess where I am!If you follow me on...more

The Veggies of our Labors

Last week, in the midst of crazy vacation-prep hullabaloo, I stepped outside for a few moments so I wouldn't kill anyone. This is how God speaks to me, by the way. ...more

Weekend Wear Out

Last Thursday, I spent about 14 hours straight cleaning my house and going through those last few pesky boxes that had yet to be unpacked. At midnight, I painted my nails and fell into bed, wondering what kind of crazy person agrees to 16 people in their house for the weekend. But when the doorbell rang Friday morning, I was oh so glad I did!...more

Dear Porter

7.28.14 I'm leaking milk onto my clothes, which don't fit quite right. Laundry seems to have exploded more than ever before and I'm scrubbing various stains out of many of my ill-fitting outfits more than I remember before. Sometimes, if it's been a few hours since I've nursed you, just thinking about your little face will make me let down ....more

I'd take credit for Noah if I could

There this family of of raccoons living in my neighbor's yard. Proof that they need to clean their damn yard....more

Baking with Tots: Easy Skillet Cornbread

It's going to be difficult for me to publish my little eBook in the wake of all this move stuff and the busy summer. So, I thought rather than let it fall flat, I'd publish some of the recipes Ada and I worked on and then gun for another, similar eBook for the fall. If you're catching up, I love baking with Ada (we've made anything from chocolate chip yogurt cake to baked doughnuts to old bay biscuits) ....more

Sneak Attack

My beloved daughter, Tuna is plagued by a bully. This bully, Gravity, has been picking on her since she first started walking. Gravity just can't let her be, always planning a sneak attack and dropping her to the ground without mercy or compassion ....more

Kindergarten: Preparing to Let Go

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Losing Track of Time on the Beach...

It didn't take long for me to already lose track of what day it was....more