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...

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...

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,...

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...

ON WHY I LOVE MY CHURCH

Disclaimer: For the most part, I’ve tried to keep my religion out of this blog. My reasoning behind that decision came with wanting this...

BE KIND WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING

I’m sure by now, many of you have seen the video of the Queen of comedy and kindness–Ellen Degeneres–calling out an audience member that...

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...

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...

OVERCOMING THE NICE-GIRL SYNDROME

I was the one who asked Michael out first, only I was so bad at it that he didn’t know that’s what I was doing until much later. Like,...

OVERCOMING THE NICE-GIRL SYNDROME

I was the one who asked Michael out first, only I was so bad at it that he didn’t know that’s what I was doing until much later. Like,...

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...

WHEN WHAT YOU WANT IS WHAT YOU GOT

If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with Harry Potter. I know it’s not uncommon or anything,  but seriously, obsessed. Since I was...