For Avery on her 5th birthday

Photo courtesy of Sydney Norberg, SMN Photography

You’re five today, my dear. I can hardly believe it. You asked me this morning, “Mom, do I look taller?” as you stretched your back and stood on the tip of your toes. Of course I said, “Yes! You do look taller. You look like a 5-year-old today!” and you beamed from ear to ear…. Read More

Parenting is like the Navy Seals

Photo courtesy of Lulu

On Thanksgiving Day our family sat around outside, enjoying our full bellies and the magnificent weather. We chatted about anything and everything, whatever came to mind. My brother-in-law started telling us of this book he’d read about Navy Seals. It’s a fascination of his because he’s a very athletic guy, and he has a deep… Read More

Two things

Ready for school

People who don’t have children (or who don’t have them yet) will sometimes ask me what parenting is like. I say two things, usually. One, you will work harder and become more tired than you have ever been. I think the saying that “parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever love” is probably the best… Read More

A magical moment

Here's my sick boy snuggled up in bed

There are certain moments in motherhood that simply defy description. It’s hard for someone to understand the unbelievable frustration of temper tantrums or the exhaustion of being up all night with a newborn unless you’ve experienced it firsthand. That’s why we moms have that knowing “mom look” when we see someone else’s kids pitching an… Read More