Use the Force, Kid

Jedi Rowan

“In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.” – Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi  Some of you may have heard of this little movie called Star Wars. And some of you may be aware that this little movie is coming out December 18th of this year. (But who’s paying attention?) If you’re a scrupulously geeky parent […]

The Best Opinion a New Parent Can Get


A friend of mine recently confided to me that she and her husband were thinking about having a baby. When I hear good couples decide to move forward with this, I always get a little excited. I think, “Welcome to my team!” And then I’m immediately overcome with cautionary words that blink over my head […]

Celebrating Cesareans

Newborn baby girl

While pregnant with my first child, I created a binder. This binder full of information was my birth plan. I had a plan and a vision for how I wanted, needed, and expected things to go down. Earth Mama was going au naturel and had her CDs, candles, and hypnobirthing class under her belt. My laundry […]

Mothers, We Are Building Cathedrals

Cute newborn baby serie with pastel bokeh filter

One of my most-beloved possessions is a book about Gothic cathedrals my niece gave me years ago. Inside the book my niece inscribed a lovely message and a link to a Youtube video, of all things. Entitled “The Invisible Woman,” this video absolutely changed my life, how I feel about the 53 years I’ve known […]

Dear Morning


Dear Morning, Listen, our relationship got off to a rocky start. You really like to burst into my life, and I’m more of an “ease into things slowly” kind of person. Countless times my babies woke me during your earliest hours simply because they were restless. I tried not to blame you. But you didn’t […]

I Hope You Dance

Silhouette of Happy Little Children Dancing at Sunset

Years ago, I used to drive around, nieces and nephews packed in the car, windows down, hair blowing, blaring Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.” Not exactly the coolest song in the world, and I can’t imagine it did much for my street cred, but we loved it and it still pretty much encompasses […]

Go Home, Easter Bunny!


Now 28 with a daughter of his own, my nephew accidentally coined a family expression over one fateful Easter brunch when he was about three. A quarter century later, we continue to use the expression to voice feelings of fear, discomfort, or when we want someone or something to back off. The story goes a […]

Work and Home Balance

Mother embracing her little girl before leaving to work

I’m on a bus with twenty-five people. I’m traveling through Florida. This happens once a year for my job. It’s only about 22 days, but it’s 22 days of my husband being a single parent to our children. It’s hard not to feel guilty. While I’m grateful for my job, I feel like I’m missing out on this parenting thing. Is it possible […]

Reunited and It Feels So Good


After moving and attempting to get settled into a new house right before Christmas, our family routines and rituals were majorly disturbed. Our eating and cooking habits are what took the hardest hit. With all the goodies associated with the holidays and all the convenience foods associated with moving and unpacking, we definitely have been […]

The Letter That Won My Home

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The following is an excerpt from a letter I wrote to the current owners of our new house in an effort for them to accept our offer. I share this with the world because: Our home is what shapes us from our earliest years. Everyone should have a good home. For families who move a […]