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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

THE MOM BOD POST

Sometimes I think that reproduction is a little sexist.  I could list all the ways the scales are tipped, but I’m sure you can figure it...

HEY MAMA, YOU’RE DOING A GOOD JOB.

It’s easy, so easy, for us moms to feel like we are doing it wrong. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to a brand-new mom. We...

CUTE LITTLE NASTIES

A mom’s life is a charmed life. It’s bows and books and wet kisses and high-pitched giggles and toe-counting, toddler-chasing, fun, fun,...

ON GOOD PEOPLE

Last Thursday I did something I’ve been dreading for a while now—I flew with Ellie all by myself.  Michael had an aerospace competition...

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...

DEAR ELISE,

Someday,  I won’t have a panic attack when I misplace your pacifier. I won’t be able to make you giggle by pretending to eat your feet. I...