A Pep Talk for the Fear-Filled

I am all up in my feelings today about something I’m doing tonight. It’s the first time I’m doing this thing that has been in the works for months and I’m nervous, fear-filled, insecure, excited, honored, hopeful, inspired, and well, a little nauseous. I want to back out. I want to cancel. My default is... Read more »

The Magic of Five Year Old Twins on Their Birthday

I’ve written one of these birthday posts every year now for five years. For some reason, this one feels like the closing of a chapter. Five feels like we are entering kid territory. We are past babies, we are past toddlers, we have kids now. I’ll save you the trouble and say THEY ARE SO BIG... Read more »

There is so much I cannot control but an apple a day is a thing I can do

Each morning as long as I can remember, I’ve had an apple with breakfast. Each morning since these babies could wrap their gums around them, I’ve given them applesauce or an apple. There is so much I cannot control but an apple a day is a thing I can do. I feel better when I have... Read more »
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Nearsightedness and sweet dance moves save me every day

Walking past a dance studio this evening, my 4 year old boy says, “well we don’t have to take any more dance classes because we already have the sweet moves.” Oh to have the confidence of a four year old. BUT WAIT…. I won’t tell you how when the kids are at school I often... Read more »

The Mental Load of Motherhood is Heavier than Laundry

This one goes out to the moms.  Yes, just the moms.  I know the dads are out there too, doing their deal and I respect that.  But this? This is for the moms. This is for the full time working moms who leave early in the morning after doing more before 7am than many do... Read more »

We went to Target for advent calendars and it turned into a whole thing

We went to Target yesterday to get two chocolate advent calendars.  You know the paper kind with the windows you open up until Christmas and get a terrible chocolate each day? Yeah, those.  Well, they didn’t have any.  Instead, here is what happened. In typical going to Target for one thing fashion, we walked out... Read more »
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For all this I am thankful - but mostly for pie

For the child coming out of an hour long floor hockey class proclaiming in all seriousness, “WE DIDN’T EVEN HAVE ANYTHING TO EAT THAT WHOLE TIME”,  solidifying forever that she’s my kid. For the child who acts like a 45 year old man asking, “DOES HE NEED A NEW ROOF? HOW CAN WE MAIL HIM A NEW... Read more »

In defense of the quitters

The word quit gets a bad rap. The mere thought of quitting makes some folks break out in hives.  You know QUITTERS NEVER WIN AND WINNERS NEVER QUIT and so on and so forth. Well, I’m here in defense of the quitters.  I’m here to say I’m a quitter and quitters do quit and are... Read more »

Things I want my daughter to know as we smash the patriarchy

This was in my daughters art pile from school yesterday. It’s not “pretty”. It’s tough and a little sad but with a tiny smile and achingly beautiful. Just like my girl. I asked her who it was and she immediately said, “OH THAT’S ME”. Of course I added the wording, but when I saw her self-portrait... Read more »
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Sometimes Darkness Spurs Hope and Gratitude

That gratitude that washes over as we walk the neighborhood at night and see the homes aglow with warmth and coziness (cozy is a privilege) and knowing I’m right where I’m meant to be. I’m not filled with longing to be in those home any longer, for I have my own place. Not just physically... Read more »