Covid Kids Back at School

After a year and a half of being home, my kids are finally back in school, and somehow, I’m more stressed out. It has been a rough transition for us from all day everyday with me, to most days with a teacher, but I think we’re finally finding our rhythm. Which means I finally haveContinue reading “Covid Kids Back at School”

Why Do We Lie?

While two of my children argued about who was being dishonest, a third piped up and said, “Telling the truth is hard.”  Have you ever thought about it? As an adult, we teach our children to tell the truth, but we wonder why it’s so difficult for them to follow through. Well, sometimes it’s hardContinue reading “Why Do We Lie?”

Extraordinary Mothers

Have you ever hated being a mom? I feel like the idea of being a mom involves these magical unicorn days where we love to be in the presence of our children. But what about the days where we cry and can’t meet their needs because we cannot meet our own. I’ve experienced more ofContinue reading “Extraordinary Mothers”

To Get Us Up & Out

Do you have a power outfit? A suit of armor to protect you when you have to leave the house. Some people wear make up, others style their hair. I have colors. When I’m anxious, I go back to basics: black, white, and red. Because I am most comfortable in these colors, I become theContinue reading “To Get Us Up & Out”

You Have Another Parent!

I was tired. I was spent. I just had nothing left. So when we all sat down at the couch to watch a movie, and the mom questions pelted at me like arrows, I just kind of erupted. “You have another parent!” Anyone else feel like the kids only want you, even if your spouseContinue reading “You Have Another Parent!”

Birds & the Bees

We had a birds & the bees talk today that culminated in one of my children exclaiming, “Papa’s a fish?!” 0 for Mama, 1 for Mother Nature. We decided to table that conversation. But talking to your kids about uncomfortable topics is hard. I’m trying to answer their questions, like why they don’t have aContinue reading “Birds & the Bees”

Love You Forever

I choked up reading the kids a story last night. It was one of those ones I enjoyed as a child but understood as a parent.  “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.” You know what book I’m talking about. Love You Forever byContinue reading “Love You Forever”

The Most Important Love of All

Last night I ate dinner in the bathroom. For some reason it seemed like the best solution. The older girls were washing up in the bath, and I was rocking Willow in the car seat with my foot. Yes, while eating my hamburger and lemonade.  It was one of those days. I’m sure you knowContinue reading “The Most Important Love of All”

Gummy Grins

Is there anything more validating than a baby’s smile? It is without guile or deception. It is authentic; an expression of the purest joy, connecting one soul to another.  These smiles can become a lifeline in the darkness. When the toddlers are screaming, your husband is gone, and you feel alone. Hopelessly overwhelmed and dyingContinue reading “Gummy Grins”