For Lulu


Today marks a big day in the life of our family. It’s the very last day that my dear sister will be in my house watching Everett for me while I work. On Monday morning, my big 2-year-old will embark on a new journey at preschool. I know that a lot of mothers feel a… Read More

For my little man on his second birthday


Dear Everett, It’s your second birthday today!   I can hardly believe it. You’ve grown and changed so much this year that it seems difficult to connect the baby I remember with the boy I see now. You are full of so much joy. You love sharks and fish and dolphins and anything else that… Read More

What my daughter taught me about body shaming

body shaming

Some of the most important things I’ve ever learned, I learned from my kids. They may not know that they are teaching me, but when my eyes are open and my heart is tuned toward their hearts, I learn. A lot. A few months back, I was getting ready for summer. Yes, it’s Florida. I… Read More

How a friend’s adoption journey has shaped my family


Avery and Charlotte have been friends their whole lives. They simply do not know life without the other in it. When I was pregnant with Avery, my long-time friend Michelle was also preparing for her little girl, but our preparations looked different. I knew that Avery would be born sometime in December and that she’d… Read More

The courage to disappoint

You need to live a smaller life. That is what I felt God telling me this morning as I got still and quiet for the first time in a long time. I need to live a smaller life? What does that even mean? That was my first reaction. But actually, I know what it means…. Read More

Why I don’t make my kids eat their veggies


I don’t force my kids to eat their vegetables. In fact, I don’t force them to eat anything, really. This isn’t out of laziness, and it’s not because I don’t place healthful eating habits near the top of the list of things I want to teach my children. It’s because I don’t believe that strategy… Read More

When the path forward is unclear

the path forward is unclear

Sometimes I long for the days when I was little, when the path forward was clear, when there were right and wrong answers on my fill-in-the- blank tests. I knew that after 3rd grade was 4th grade and after middle school came high school. Now that I’m an adult things that don’t feel like exams… Read More

Who is the Author of Your Story?

Who is the Author of Your Story

Almost immediately after my son was born, I felt we needed to make a decision. Would our family be complete with four or would we have more children? Pregnancy has been a really difficult experience for me, and both times I swore I would never be able to do it again. Even if we did… Read More