Over the River and Through the Woods

A version of this post was originally published in June 2012, but since many of us are traveling over the river and through the woods during the holidays, it seems to be fairly apropos. As they say, it’s not necessarily the destination, but the journey, that matters. Safe and comfortable travels to you all ....more

Huckered Down and Huddled Together

A version of this post was originally published almost two years ago, in the midst of a long and stressful winter. And although there is no snow on the ground where I live and we are gearing up for Christmas, not Valentine’s Day, this post seems particularly applicable right now. Just turn on the news […] ...more

Glitter, Lights, and Doing the Best We Can

“Why can’t we have lights on the outside of the house this year?” Teddy has asked about a thousand times in the past two weeks. “We had them last year.” Each time, I remind him that we aren’t putting lights on the house this year. “But look at that house ....more

Here, There, Everywhere

In the past 24 hours, I have been here, there, and everywhere – virtually and physically. Yesterday morning, an article of mine appeared on Motherlode,...more

All the Feelings

When I stepped out my front door yesterday afternoon, in a hurry to squeeze in a quick trip to the grocery store before dropping Teddy off at preschool, I almost stumbled over several large boxes. Inside the boxes were several copies of The Book. Holy smokes, y’all! ...more

Heavy Gratitude

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Obviously. Maybe if I keep saying it, it will start to sink in and feel more real ....more

‘Tis the Season for… a New Book!

Writing a book is often compared to having a baby, and if we are going to make that analogy, then I am definitely about ready to pop. I’ve toured the hospital and prepped the nursery. I’ve lined the shelves with blankets and bottles and onesies ....more

20 Surprises about Raising Boys

Before I had kids, I had a lot of images about the way my future family might look. Like most yet-to-be parents, I suspect, these images included a lot of twinkly and naïve visions, ideals about parenting strategies, and a list of things that I would never do. (How quickly that list went out the […] ...more

Somersaults and Popcorn

“What are we doing today?” Teddy – my four-year old – likes to ask this question each morning. He likes to know the plan for the day. He likes to know whether it is a swimming lesson day or a preschool day or a church day ....more

The Secret Post I Don’t Want You to Share

Do you ever have those moments when you think to yourself, I have no freaking clue what I am doing and life is just so hard and I will never have anything figured out? If you answered yes, keep reading. I’ll let you in on a little secret ....more