What Doesn’t Fit

At the end of every summer, I sort through my boys’ closets, weeding out what they won’t wear during the upcoming school year. Some things they’ve outgrown and those get passed down to one of their brothers or to another family. Others are not even good enough to be used for rags and get tossed […]

The Last Year


I feel like a walking stereotype right now. That lady who says to a child, “I can’t believe how big you are, you were just this big.” But yet, I feel like I was just attending my oldest’s kindergarten orientation, with the stacks of paperwork and the parents asking the teacher questions like “Will my […]

How Did We Get Here Already?

There he went, off in a plane. I'm happy to say that by the time you're reading this, he's most likely back home.

That feeling that my boys don’t really need me: I don’t like it. This past week has been an interesting experiment since my oldest was away visiting relatives. His first unaccompanied flight, first time away from me for so long. And though I really haven’t ever doubted our decision to get him a phone a […]

Be Respectful, But…

Those angel wings don't quite fit. And that's okay.

Follow the rules. Listen. Be polite. Yes, ma’am and no, sir.  And occasionally a sharp MANNERS! as if I’m Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games. These are the things I tell my boys, the things I remind them of because I want them to be respectful young men. And yet… Sometimes, they don’t have to […]

What I’ve Realized As My Boys Have Gotten Older


Not every single parenting decision is worth stressing over. I’ve said before that parenting my boys who are now 7, 9, and 10 is so much easier than when they were babies and toddlers, assuming a big part of that is simply that they can do some things on their own and I no longer […]

8 Lessons Learned by 38


I turned 38 this past weekend and here are 8 important lessons I’ve learned along the way. Be okay with who you are. It might not always be the most glamorous description, but if it’s who I really am, then I’m okay with it. I’m a small town girl who prefers wearing clothes that can […]

Pour Your Heart Out: Friends

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As I get ready to head out of town for a few blog conferences, I just wanted to write a little note to my friends. Those who I’ve met through blogging are now the very first people I want to tell when something goes right (or whose shoulders I cry one when it goes wrong). […]

How Someone Else Parents

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When my boys were bitty little things, I was very active in mom groups. They were my saving grace when it came to getting out of the house with an 17 month old and a newborn and then later when I had another newborn while my older two were 3 and 2. We let the […]

A Season I Want to Skip


Now that I’m of a certain age, there’s a new life event that’s common with so many people I know. We’re past the getting married and having babies stages and now moving on to a season of divorce. Though I don’t speak it out loud to any of my friends going through it, inwardly I […]

Your Kid Isn’t a Hero, He Just Isn’t a Jerk

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“This restores my faith in humanity,” the Facebook status reads, attached to a link. I click over because I’m a sucker for that type of description and everyone can use a little good news. But then I read the story. And it’s sweet. But… I’ve heard this storyline before. Child is kind to another child […]