Putting an End to my Summer Love Affair

November 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sometime back around May, I renewed a relationship with an old friend. I’d heard he would be coming to town, and my eagerness for his arrival was evident to all. Our first reunion was exciting. I see now that he might have come on a little too strong at first, swaggering about, secure in his welcome, but I was willing to overlook [...]

The Plastic Problem | Finding a Lid That Fits

July 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Two full-time jobs may be the norm for many families, but it is pretty difficult to raise a large brood and educate them at home while two parents are out punching a time clock. We have taken turns in the workplace and juggled schedules. Sometimes the right fit for now isn’t the right fit for always, so we adapt. Over the years, [...]

Motherhood Not All Smiles and Flowers

July 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

The story of Max and the soccer ball has become part of our family legend. This was first posted a short while before we left California on our journey across the US. If you take a look at the advertisements, motherhood is all smiles and flowers and contentment. Now I am definitely a life-is-what-you-make-it kind of gal, and I find a [...]

Mothers Day and the Matroyshka

June 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Someone once told me that being a mother can be like having open heart surgery without anesthetic. Never having had heart surgery, I can’t say if it is true, but it did feel like a piece of my heart went missing last week as one of my girls went off to summer camp. It wasn’t the first time anyone took off for camp. My oldest [...]

Defining Who We Are By the Objects We Hold Dear

June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

I first wrote this back in 2006 when we were on a cross-country family trip. After a friend told me it was her very favorite thing that I’d written, I had to go looking for it so I could drag it out again. After all these years, this experience still reminds me of the importance of leaving a legacy that is meaningful and true. [...]

Our Introduction to Little League was a Home Run

June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Memories from a couple years back when we lived in California…. The sun is setting over the field as a cool breeze blows across the bleachers. We sit with friends alternately talking and cheering. I want to burn this moment into my brain. The clink of the bat and the noise of the crowd fill my ears. A tear slips out of my eye and I [...]

Sometimes There’s No Audience | Redux

June 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Growing up, I used to enjoy reading Erma Bombeck’s columns and books. While I didn’t fully appreciate her commentary on parenting until I was older, even in my teens I found Erma’s writing entertaining and informative. She reminded me to find the humor in everyday life, and that sort of outlook comes in handy now that I [...]
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