Greg left home for a few days, so, as is our time-honored tradition, I had to decide which trouble to get into first. Options included a) using the three gallons of paint I bought to try to cover up the goo and grime somewhere (ANYWHERE) in my house, b) moving all the furniture in all the house and creating general havoc and upheaval from which it will take weeks to recover, c) getting the … Continue Reading “A Favor”
We went on vacation last week, and it’s not lost on me that we’re now part of a narrowing group of American families who can afford ridiculous luxuries like paid time off and time together in the sun and water. Never mind that this holiday was paid for by Nana and Papa, and not us; we won’t pretend generous grandparents involved in their grandkids’ lives and with the means to gift us family time isn’t … Continue Reading “The Pictures You Don’t See on Facebook: PTSD and My Son’s Service Dog Hero”
The tentative whispers and the cautious what ifs — the quiet perhapses and the hesitant maybes — can change your life.
I know they’ve changed mine.
Again and again, the what ifs and maybes changed mine.
Like, maybe I love him. And, what if I marry him? And, perhaps I should follow my heart.
Changed my life.
They were toes in the water and the slow first steps, those perhapses of wondering which were born … Continue Reading “Christmas Came Early: Introducing Someone Very Special…”
I’ve been parenting for the win a lot lately, and I just thought I’d share a couple things I’m doing exceptionally well so you can follow my example and better your parenting, too.
First, I accused my teenager of acting like a 5-year-old because she didn’t want to come out of her room for, you know, the whole weekend, so I was feeling rejected, hurt and powerless, and also the tiniest bit premenstrually enraged, and … Continue Reading “Parenting for the Win”
Hey, thanks to all of you who came to my Halloween Eve rescue with great, find-stuff-at-home, last-minute costume ideas.
Ian, the only one of my kiddos who attends a school that allows costumes, decided this morning to be a troll.
You may be confused, as I was, about what exactly the difference is between a troll, a zombie and a vampire.
A troll, it turns out, has horns (thank you, gel and hairspray!) and … Continue Reading “Last-Last-Minute Halloween Costume”
It’s back-to-school Tuesday, and I’m just not sure. I’m a little lost. A touch uncertain. I’m not so much confused as I am, well, complicated. So I wonder…
Is today an OK day to be a Both/And mom?
Because, you know, I read articles and blogs and Facebook posts and they’re kind of Either/Or about this whole back-to-school thing, and I admit, I’m a wallflower at the party, trying to stand quietly … Continue Reading “Reflections on Back-to-School from a Both/And Mom”
I woke up yesterday morning to silence which happens to me exactly never and made me think that there was a strange and awesome aligning of the planets… or that kind, gentle faeries came in the night to cast magical, sleeping mommy spells… or that I suddenly went blessedly deaf… or that the Rapture happened and I didn’t make the cut and the apocalypse has been terribly misunderstood and only ever wanted to come in … Continue Reading “On Silence and Cacophony and Things That Soothe the Soul”