IComLeavWe: July 2014

Welcome back to IComLeavWe. It stands for International Comment Leaving Week, but if you say it aloud, doesn’t it sounds like “I come; [but] leave [as a] we”? And that’s sort of the point ....more

34 Weeks 3 Days and the Wolf at the Door

You would think that three and a half years into this grief thing that I would start to learn a thing or two and, I dunno, be better prepared for grief triggers or something?One of the the things I should know from experience and from talking to other bereaved parents is that the significant date--whether it's a child's birthday or some other anniversary--is often not as brutally difficult as the day that comes before it. Maybe it's because what we're truly grieving is the way things were that day, the day before everything fell apart and the whole world shifted forever.But the other thing about grief is that no matter how familiar it becomes, it remains both unpredictable and irresistible. My friend Jess recently e-mailed me a link to an excerpt from an interview with Stephen Colbert (the real guy, not "Stephen Colbert" the character) ....more

Week in Review: The Big Girl Classroom

As of Monday, Cheeks is officially out of the baby room at daycare and into the toddler room. We had been holding off on this move for a while, just doing short transitions here and there while waiting for her to really start walking. But since that hasn’t happened yet – the new hope is that being around all the other walkers will actually push her in the right direction! ...more

Home Sweet Home

We are back!...more

Finding Home {Atlas Girl Blog Tour}

This post is part of the Atlas Girl Blog Tour. To learn more and join us, click here....more

500th Friday Blog Roundup

This is the 500th Roundup. Sort of. The 500th Roundup coincides this week with my 8th blogoversary, though we’re still a few weeks out from the 8th anniversary of the Roundup....more

On the Wearing of Wedding Rings {Living with a Spouse in Chronic Pain}

I spent this past weekend away, four days of sharing space and words and breath with some of the best and most kindred friends I've ever had the delight of knowing....more

A Story of Eight Years: Every Day, I Mentally Delete My Blog

I will tell you a secret. I think about deleting my blog pretty much every day....more

Weekend with Uncle Buck

My brother and his girlfriend arrived on Friday. My brother's name is Brandon. His family nickname is Bubs ....more

Do You Have a Gun?

The hardest question I have had to ask another parent is “do you have a gun?” And if the answer is yes, the requisite follow-up questions: how do you store the gun?...more