I've always loved babies. I have pictures of myself at 11, holding and obsessing over tiny little babies. I took care of them every week at church and babysat all my friends' kids for years. I had friends who...
Last school year ended like the scene in Titanic when the old lady drops the Heart of the Ocean into the water instead of selling it and leaving the millions of dollars it was worth to her next of...
Up until this year, I have only watched from afar as cars and trucks and minivans methodically lined up each day outside schools scattered around town. I've watched as cute kids with matching backpacks and lunchboxes and perfectly coiffed...
Dear daughter,  In a few days, we’ll be putting five candles on a cake and watching you unwrap presents while you squeal and jump up and down.  Being your mom isn’t perfect, but it’s the best gift I’ve ever been given....
What do you do when your plans get totally flipped? When life throws you a curveball and you find yourself perhaps homebound with a house full of little people you brought into this world? You make the best of it! Let...
My favorite age of each of our three kids has been four years old. Why? Because they are so talkative. I have an introvert personality, and talking isn't necessarily my strength. So, having someone around who talked constantly was...
If you are the mama of a teenager, first of all, I applaud you. You are raising an almost-adult who is likely full of independence, opinions and an emerging sense of self. Hats off to you! Secondly, I guess that...as...
Believe it or not, some day that child who sits in the back seat and NEVER SHUTS UP may become a blank-faced teen staring out the car window. You may only get one-word answers to your concerned and fretful...
As my 3 kids get older, and their summer schedules get more full with multiple camps for each, we found ourselves only having a few days with schedules synced to plan a summer getaway.  This year we needed something...
It's not a secret that teenagers can be a challenge, but come on, toddlers are a challenge too.  So really, parenting in general is not for the faint of heart.  And when the heaviness of trying to mold those little,...
My oldest is getting ready to start Pre-K at the public school this year (he calls it his big boy school)!  I can't believe he's old enough for this.  As excited as I am, I am equally as nervous...

He Didn’t Make the Team

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First of all, I have to start with this disclaimer: If my son knew I was using his life experience for a blog post, he would die.  So let's just keep this one between you and me, okay? Back in...

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Character Connection: The Best Birthday Bonus!

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We're a year into the pandemic and, as much as we parents have had to upend our entire lives, our children have had to...