Steer into the Skid

The scariest part of living in Idaho was learning to drive in the snow. Keep in mind—Idaho roads were probably much more scared of me...

Lila’s Birth Story

I never imagined that I would be giving birth while the world was on fire. I got my positive pregnancy test on February 3, 2020 and...

Lessons learned in the dark

Last night, two things of seemingly little consequence occurred. 1.) My new 800 thread count king-sized sheets finally arrived, and 2.)...

Stop telling everyone how to do Christmas

Like most of you, I love this time of year. I love watching Christmas lights pop up around my neighborhood. I love the messy stack of...

The voice in the night

Ellie was a great sleeper from the start. At three weeks old she was sleeping through the night. By the time she was one, she was...

Apples and Oranges

One day, long before we were parents, I made Michael lasagna. I know it’s kind of difficult to mess up mozzarella-y, beefy, noodle-y...

See Mom Try: Whole30 Edition

Michael is kind of this super-handsome annoyingly-fit sort of guy. Like, he can just decide to go run a half-marathon without training...

My only resolution

I’ve already confessed that I’m pretty good at throwing myself some pretty epic pity-parties. Seriously, button me up in some too-tight...

A Christmas Story

After a couple of weeks of playing pass the sickness, everyone in my family is finally on the up and up. When I realized that it is...

Slowing Down

Today while I was cooking dinner, you scooted a chair up next to me and climbed up. You told me, “I wanna help you, Mommy.” I was...

Six years with my best friend

We had already said "I love you," a few weeks before Michael told me, fingers intertwined, that I was his best friend. I remember...

Today was hard, but it was special

There is just something lonely about a Monday morning. It started off early, as most days do, and I felt the weight of the week in front...

You Are Someone's Everything

In middle-school, it was a look. I wasn't unpopular and I wasn't bullied. But man--- grades six through eight are not for the faint of...

Five Awesome "At Home" Dates

Michael’s and my favorite thing to do is to spend time with our girls…but our next favorite thing to do is to spend time without them! ...

But really, What Would Jesus Do?

Five seconds after a desperate prayer for patience spoken out loud, I let go of the steering wheel just long enough to smack my hands...

Getting out the door with two under two

There I was with a rotund eight-month pregnant belly, over-stuffed diaper bag falling off one shoulder, car keys and cell phone in one...

It's all Poop

I squinted the sweat out of my eyes to look at the stop watch counting down on my phone’s screen. Ten more seconds in plank position....

Salt in the Wound

My inadequacies as a wife are extensive. For some reason though, I was able to evade this humbling truth for exactly 12 months and 29...

On Picking A Good One

Last night I woke up at 3:30 am to Michael handing me a glass of cool water. He does this from time to time, usually because when I have...

While it's Fresh

April 17, 2015 Today wasn't good, and while I want nothing more than to close my itchy-been-cryin'-all-day eyes, I also want to remember...