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.)...

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...

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...

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...

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....

A BREASTFEEDING STORY

Near the end of my pregnancy with Ellie, I went to a free one-night class about breastfeeding. I left this class feeling completely...

SCARLETT MICHELLE: A BIRTH STORY

The day after Ellie’s first birthday party, a Sunday, I was standing in the bathroom at my in-law’s house when I got my positive...

TO MY FIRSTBORN DAUGHTER

A while back, your dad collapsed on the bed next to me as I was completing my nightly ritual of  shoving pillows between my ankles and...

I FORGOT ABOUT THE BUGS

Now that I’m in Texas, the land that I fantasized about during many long, Idahoy, winters, I realized something about myself—I only...

MOVING COSTS A MILLION DOLLARS

So, I’ve kind of grown accustomed to being a college student’s wife. There are some serious perks, man. For starters, you get to be super...

A LETTER TO MY GIRL

Dear Elise, Now that you’re one, you toddle around on chubby legs that you clumsily lift high into the air with each step, as if you’re...

MY FRIEND, MICHELLE

The second time I met Michelle, I was wearing zebra pajama pants and crying. She lived in the apartment next to mine, and she had already...

A LETTER TO MY SUPER SMALL COLLEGE TOWN

Hey, Rexburg, When I first met you back in the fall of 07′, I was a naive, almost 19-year-old college freshmen grounded in my Texas...

TAKING FLIGHT

Today, we were those people. The ones taking up way too much space in the very back left row of the 737 with our half-zipped carry-on...

LIFE IS SNOW GOOD

I sit here typing while my husband and baby nap, watching the snow just come on down like it’s been doing all day. I haven’t seen it...

STRAIN

My daughter was constipated last night, and while I realize that this isn’t halting news for any of you, it was a big deal for me. It was...