I May Have Made Myself Unfriendable

My longest friendships are with women I have known since childhood … and who currently do not live anywhere near me....more
Bravo, Katie. I could have written this myself—if I wasn't too afraid of putting it all out ... more

I Reject You, Higher Standards

The standards I once thought applied only to the landed gentry suddenly feel like they're applying to me sitting here in my home office in suburban Kansas City with plans only to buy my daughter a new pair of tennies and maybe hit a family-friendly pizza place on the way home tonight....more
Write on!  I refused to even check any social media on Valentine's Day because I just couldn't ... more

One and Done: We're a Family of Three

"When are you having more kids?" It's a question I hear quite frequently. I don't dislike the question; I am not offended by the question. I don't hold anything against those who ask it. Ultimately, I am just surprised by how many people assume we will have more children. ...more
Three is perfect for me as well. Now that my kiddo is almost ten, the questions about when we're ... more

Deciding to Remain a Family of Three

I grew up the youngest of three. I have two older brothers. MCB is an only child. Growing up, I thought I wanted two kids. I never considered having just one. MCB thought she wouldn't have any kids, but quickly changed her mind when we met. When Roozle was nine-months-old, I read a post by our friends who wrote about choosing to have just one kid. Until then, we hadn't considered just having one. It's always about children, not child. ...more
Thanks to the link for the podcast. I'll have to check it out. I am an only child. My son is an ... more

What Does It Cost to Go to the 2012 Olympics?

Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to go to the Olympics? I did. So I researched how much it would cost a family of four to go to the Olympics in London this summer from my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri....more
Yeah . . . I guess I'm not going to the Olympics anytime soon . . . more

Balancing Blog, Book, and a Budding Writing Career

The past six months have been an excitingly exhausting time for me. I have been writing my entire life, but only the past two or so years have I really put myself out there to be read. After a lifetime of collecting stories, observing, reading, thinking, and talking, I’m finally channeling my need to write into a path towards a career as a writer....more
Oh, hon, I am So totally with you.  I've dreamed of ways to stick a voice recorder in the shower ... more

Are Your Kids Chatting with Brands or Real Kids?

I was at a conference a couple of weeks ago and one of the companies presenting was a kid-targeted social network. Apparently this particular social network has over 11Million global members (remember, these are kids) and they spend on average 65 minutes PER DAY using the site. ON AVERAGE. Lost in Thought by johnb2008 via Flickr...more
This scares me to death. my nearly 9-yr-old has several supposedly safe online game sites he ... more

Your Baby Isn't Trying to Annoy You; She's Crying to Communicate

On a recent trip to the park, I overheard a parent ranting and raving about a little one “being a brat and always pitching fits.” It took me less than two seconds of looking at the child to realize his mother had put him down on hot asphalt without shoes on, and his "fit" was actually cries of pain as he danced around trying to keep his poor little feet off the asphalt while trying to push past his mommy to get back into the car. In a few years this mother will wonder why her ten-year-old is always so sullen and silent....more
Before my son was born I read "Secrets of the Baby Whisperer."  The book was a lifesaver in some ... more

My Husband: Live From Branson During a Tornado

A few months ago, my husband got a new job that involves a lot of travel in the state of Missouri. Last night, he pulled into his hotel on the Branson strip and texted me this picture. ...more
I'm so glad your husband is safe. What an experience! The before and after shots are crazy.  ... more

You'll Never Feel Like an Adult

I remember being young and doing the math to determine how old I would be in the year 2000. The turn of the millennia seemed impossibly far away, and the age I would be at that time seemed impossibly old. And yet here we are, twelve years after that magic number, and I haven’t yet crumbled to dust. ...more
Perfect. While I feel more responsible and slightly wiser than I did half my life ago, I ... more