It is evening, it is morning, one day. In the barely-there light of this morning, sun not yet even dancing with the horizon, a baby (fine, fine, a 5-year-old) traipses into my room, and with the pre-dawn light peeking through the blinds, she exclaims “Mommy! Mommy! MOMMA. My tooth? It’s wiggly! I … [Read more...] about On Mothering & the Confusing Mess of Exhaustion and Delight
I was a really good teacher, once. I taught social studies- high school history, juniors mostly. I was even nominated Best New Teacher of the Year for my school district, I really truly was. It felt good, honestly, to be recognized for doing something that you love and doing it well. I … [Read more...] about When It’s Hard to Find Purpose in Motherhood, Do This. It’ll Help. Promise.
I was already awake, but barely, when Brennan walked into my room at 1:00 in the morning last night. See, I had had a bad dream and was just beginning to talk myself down- it was after all just a dream, a silly dream, of course I didn’t lose my wedding rings. As dreams tend to go I don’t know why … [Read more...] about Sometimes Mothering Is Hard
A friend of mine is about to have her first baby. She's had all the showers, is closing in on the final weeks, and just finished preparing her baby's nursery and posted some photos of it. It is darling. Coordinated but not forced, cozy but practical, comforting and inviting and life and love … [Read more...] about new mamas, there is grace for this, too
Lane and I have been laughing lately at my "mommyisms." See, there are a handful of phrases that I keep in my back pocket and use regularly as the right situation arrises. They are phrases that I have either picked up along the way or have heard other mamas I respect use with their own … [Read more...] about 8 phrases that help me in my parenting
It's all hard. Every ounce of it. The very nature of the situation demands everything you've got, even when you have nothing left to give. They need you because they need you. Their day deliriously rotates around princess dresses and train tracks and apple slices and board books. Their world … [Read more...] about parenting is hard.