Oven light moments

She chooses a small table by the wall. I drop my bag on a chair and hand her my ipad. Then I open my laptop across from her and sit down ....more

Being vs. Doing

“When you offer a moment, you offer a piece of yourself.” ~Rachel Macy Stafford A mischievous smile creeps across her face as I cross through the kitchen. I can see the purple balloon in hands tucked behind her back. Her entire body vibrates as she bounces onto her toes, though I can tell she is trying to stand still ....more

A life with margin

I’ve been quite ragged for three years. For three years, every day has felt rather unpredictable. As though the hours between breakfast and bedtime might throw anything at me ....more


“Mommy!” he squeals. His eyes light up. His cheeks get puffy in a way that looks slightly stiff ....more

No silence these days

“Remember when we used to wonder what he was thinking?” I make this joke all the time, these days. I make it so much it’s not funny anymore. Maybe it never really was and my friends and family have just been humoring me ....more

The tear-inducing magic of tidying up

I was folding my shirts into rectangles of approximate drawer height when she appeared in the doorway. “Hi my love. I’m organizing my closet.” She paused, looking at the clothes piled on the floor ....more

We Pretend

“Pretend I’m the Mommy and you’re the sister and we’re going on a trip.”...more


I get the best parking spot. Right near the door. I have my pick in the empty lot ....more

I finally watched it (my Listen To Your Mother video)

On Friday night I shares the video below with my Facebook friends. I warned them that I hadn’t watched yet. That I was nervous ....more

Our happy 4th

I almost forgot that it was a holiday. It was cloudy when we woke up. We went out for muffins and cappuccinos because it was a holiday but then we came home ....more