Thanks, Judy Blume!

The book Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume, who recently celebrated her 77th birthday, is the reason behind my first “sex” talk with my mother. I don’t remember how old I was, maybe eight or nine when I read the book, but I do ...more

Hold On, My Child

My youngest son Liam is currently obsessed with Harry Potter. This is not surprising, given that my husband, my oldest son Ronan, and I are also in love with the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling created, and encourage the frequent reading and ...more

These Kids Love Their School, But NC Is Closing It

In the United States, the National Education Association estimates that three out of every four students with disabilities spend part or all of their school day in a general education classroom. For students with special needs like Autism, Fetal ...more

Puberty Changed the Relationship I Had with My Dad

While my father can’t sing like Christopher Plummer from The Sound of Music, the nasal tenor of “Edelweiss” on the radio welled up inside my throat like a time portal, taking me back to when my dad used to sing it to me at bedtime. Why, I ...more

Follow These Handy Tips and Flying With Baby Will Be a Breeze

ONE | Fill the Diaper Bag with Essentials - I made sure I packed that thing with everything but the kitchen sink. These are just a few of the key things to make sure you have. ...more

Important Lessons Learned During Easter Egg Coloring

This past weekend I facilitated the coloring of Easter Eggs with my three and four year olds. The ordeal unfolded much like the way training an Angora rabbit to use a lint roller might. As with everything, it was a learning experience. I’d like to share some of the lessons I learned with you so that you might adjust your own egg dying session accordingly. ...more
"There WILL be crying and pouting."  I don't do egg dying, but my guess is that at my house, all ...more

17 Important Things to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

I guess it is time to get serious. I take very little serious in life, so it is always hard for me to buckle down and get stuff done. But many would say having a baby is serious business. For me, it happens so often around these parts the hospital stay is like a mini vacation with room service and everything. Shall we treat it as such? Why not. ...more

Would You Let Someone Babysit Your Child Over Skype?

The New York Time's Motherlode had an article recently about the parenting trend to have someone occupy your child over Skype or FaceTime in order to free you to do other things in the house. Think of it like babysitting from afar. Like really really afar. ...more
stirrupqueen In no scenario could I envision a Skype based babysitting service a good thing. ...more

Uncomplicated Friendship

They make it look so easy. Two 3-year olds who have only met once before and are suddenly best friends. Madi looks for her new buddy whenever we’re at church and remembers to pray for him at night ....more

Loving the Home you Have

I love this post today... and what I mean by that is that I love the subject matter for this post....more

The HUNT 2015

Each year my sister Lucy and her husband Andrew open up their "farm"...more

Easy Peeps® Paint Chip Puzzles

Spring is in the air, so Peeps® are everywhere! Seriously! The popular, gooey marshmallow candies are flying off grocery store shelves and showing up in recipes and crafts all across the web ....more

Dear Kole

Dear Kole, My little buddy. ...more

Balancing the To-Dos with a Bullet Journal

Thanks to the YNAB Forum, I have discovered and started using a bullet journal. Where have you been all my life?I've tried so many methods to organize all my scrambled thoughts and to-dos, but the bullet journal addresses the flaws in every other attempt I've made.It allows you one central place for everything. Instead of having one method for work and another for home (and one for non-profit activities and one for personal goals), I now put everything in the bullet journal.Mine is so not fancy; it's a spiral notebook I received from a friend who works for the credit union that the cover advertises ....more

Cake Painting with My Family

ShareIt is not uncommon to see a lavishly decorated cake as a centre piece at...more

i have no clue what i’m doing

Yesterday was one of those days – a day where I had no clue what I was doing as a mom. They seem to be happening more frequently lately, and I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on what it means for my day-to-day decisions and my overall role as a mom. I know very well that each age and stage of parenting comes with its unique joys and challenges, but I think this is the first time I’ve really felt those firsthand ....more

When God gave my daughter a cathedral full of light

My mom and I took my daughters to San Antonio this past weekend. My recent New York trip...more

Fran's Chocolate Factory + Jack's BBQ

Scott's spring break involved thirty-six hours of flying, a stressful scholarship interview, and disassembling a play structure. On his last day here, I was determined we would do something fun! It was a dismally gray and rainy day, so going out for lunch was our best bet ....more