When “more” isn’t enough

coffee in the morning

As we drove to school the other day, Avery said to me, “Mom, I really want a new stuffed animal. Can we go to Target and buy one, PLEASE?” “Hmmm. I don’t think we are going to buy one today,” I said. “But, Mom, I really, really want a new toy. Can we get something?”… Read More

What mothering a little boy is really like


I took Everett for a Starbucks date last week. Well, it wasn’t so much of a date as it was a strategy to find things for us to do outside of the house. We are having some work done on our house, which has required us to be out during working hours. However, the mess… Read More

Why I never tell my children to be nice

Photo courtesy of Sydney Marie Photography

Spend a little time on a playground, in a classroom or anywhere there are small children and you’ll hear one phrase repeated over and over again by the adults charged with their care. Two preschoolers engaged in a tug-of-war over a coveted toy? “Be nice,” their teacher tells them as she pries those little sausage-fingers… Read More

Everybody hurts…sometimes


I have been hesitant to share any blog posts lately. I wasn’t sure exactly why I was feeling that way until today, but now I realize it’s because I’m sad. I am sad, but I don’t feel like I have a right to feel sadness. And that makes me feel even worse. I can’t pinpoint… Read More

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

If the devil is in the details, where is God?


It’s been a hard week for me. Maybe hard isn’t the right word exactly because it’s all relative, you know. My kids are healthy. My husband and I are healthy. My family is good. We are really, really blessed, and I am reminded of that every single day. But there are certain little trouble spots… Read More