To All the Burned Out Mamas

Sheer unmitigated relief. Meg Hutchinson’s dusky indie folk voice serenades through the speakers, entangling with the current of an autumn scented candle. A mother sits in the peace of her still kitchen. Shellshocked. Teary. Happy. So this is what it used to feel like? Quiet? Peaceful? She sips her jasmine green tea and honey and […]

Broken Mouth, Broken World

A month ago my husband and I were hanging outdoor lights to adorn the screened-in porch. You know, the Edison bulb ones everyone’s been getting from Costco? Yeah, those. We also wanted to replicate the feel of the Parenthood set in our backyard. The sounds of our four children frolicking around on the freshly constructed stone retaining wall and concrete […]

On Moving

I find myself surrounded yet again by boxes. Tall, white wardrobe boxes. Short, shallow boxes for books. Medium boxes that can accommodate lamps, pillows, and art. I’ve packed up a home so many times before, it has a familiar rhythm-one that isn’t all that unwelcome. The possibility of a new start and fresh aesthetic extends a welcome […]

Long Days of Small Things

  My word this year is compromise. It’s a word that has been more incorporated into my life since motherhood found me eight years ago. I’m constantly deciding between choices that feel decidedly less-than ideal, something’s always getting compromised… The amount of sleep I get versus productivity in meeting my goals. Writing versus being a present […]

10 Ways I’m Becoming My Mother

I’ve noticed a recent mental shift. When I have flashbacks of childhood memories, I’m thinking less about my own perception of experiences and relating more to my mother than my own young self… The way she tried to dance around us lingering in her bathroom as she got ready… The way she listened to our […]

End of Summer Reflections

Summer is drawing to a slow close. The daylight hours are slipping away earlier. Mothers like me are cleaning out closets, gathering their children’s school supplies and figuring out the schedule for the coming months. Perhaps we are all longing for a little less spontaneity and vacationing in favor of routine, stability, and the comforts […]

What Would Jojo Do?

I’m over at MKE Moms Blog today gushing on why I love Joanna Gaines… and it’s more than about just her design prowess. An excerpt: You know those WWJD bracelets popular in youth groups in the 1990s? I totally had one. As cheesy as those were, they had a way of making a point. Before you […]

How The Making of a Murderer Challenged My Parenting

  Many people are gaining a fresh perspective on law enforcement, our judicial system, and the way the two are stacked against the underprivileged from the Netflix documentary, The Making of a Murderer—me included. But what surprised me about the show is the ways it gave me pause about how I am raising my kids. […]

Day 25: They Belong to Us For a Moment

After a 3 1/2 hour car ride yesterday morning back from Michigan, a run was in order. It didn’t need to be long, just a quick, inspirational jaunt through the woods across the street from our home. The trail starts in a grassy field and gives way to winding through groves of gold. The quiet […]

Creativity Takes Courage

  “Creativity Takes Courage” – Henri Matisse Every night my husband and I mechanically whirl through the evening tasks. Dinner served, kitchen cleaned up, kids bathed, teeth brushed, lunches assembled, toilets wiped down, stories read, kids tucked in, bills paid and emails returned. Weary, grateful, angry, cheerful, lonely, filled. The emotions ebb and flow as […]