Third Times A Charm

We are expecting a baby this spring. Most people we have told are super excited for us. They say congratulations and then turn to our two older daughters and ask them if they are happy for a new baby. But, there are a few people who have taken me by surprise. Those...

Resolving Conflict With Peace, Mostly

“When they go low, we go high.” -Michelle Obama I take a deep breath, they have been fighting all day. The playroom has exploded into the living room and the living room is threatening to cave into the kitchen. Our small house is getting smaller by the minute as angry...

The (Rabid) Dog Days of Summer

Every year I look forward to summer. The long, warm days. The endless opportunities to lounge around a pool or river. Adventures and camping and a schedule that looks more like a gentle suggestion than a butt-kicking demand. Being our first summer vacation since...
Dragons, Wolves, and Her Beautiful Mind

Dragons, Wolves, and Her Beautiful Mind

The smile on her face was bigger than I had seen at school pick up all year. I breathed a sigh of relief. It had worked. The note in her lunch box, the family photo in her cubby, my scarf, securely knotted around her neck for her to snuggle into. They all worked to...
My Truths and Confessions of Motherhood

My Truths and Confessions of Motherhood

Sometimes we eat dinner in the living room because our table is covered in the day’s debris and I am too exhausted to put it all away. My daughter calls it a “floor picnic” and we treat it as a special event. (Even though it happens with more...
And then, she was five.

And then, she was five.

My dearest Elsa,   My sweet girl, in a week you will be five years old. I can’t believe it was five years ago that I last felt your tiny foot pushing out from under my ribcage.   These days your feet are busy running and dancing and exploring. They have come...