Heartland and Poverty in the United States

I’ve decided to switch up this blog a little bit, and write more reading-response-type essays where I share my thoughts about books I read that have a big impact on me. These will mostly be nonfiction books (I’ll still share the fiction I love, too!), and I’d love for you to share your thoughts with… Continue reading Heartland and Poverty in the United States

Finding Contentedness and Shifting Perspective

Last month, I read a great book on parenting called How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute by K.J. Dell’Antonia. I first heard her speak on my all-time fave podcast, Sorta Awesome, and I knew I wanted to read her book as soon as I… Continue reading Finding Contentedness and Shifting Perspective

Solidarity is Greater Than Comparison

If you ever want to feel super about your parenting skills, take your kids to the zoo on a Saturday. In January. On the only nice day of the entire month. At noon. Two years ago, I would have looked at this situation entirely differently than I did last weekend. See, when we had one… Continue reading Solidarity is Greater Than Comparison

On Marriage: 11 Things I Know to be True After 11 Years

I think I said this first bit last year, but it’s worth repeating: I met him on a stinky church van. It was stinky in the literal sense; some guy had eaten Long John Silvers for lunch and didn’t finish, so there was actual, maybe not real, seafood sitting under the seat quickly approaching its… Continue reading On Marriage: 11 Things I Know to be True After 11 Years

What I Learned in 2018

Every single time I go to wake up the baby (who, let’s be real, isn’t really a baby anymore), he looks up at me and says, “Mom? Dad? Sissy? Coco (the dog)?” It’s like he’s taking some kind of toddler inventory of the house. He wants to know who’s here and that everyone’s in their… Continue reading What I Learned in 2018

The Best Books I Read in 2018

2018 was a great reading year for me. A lot of factors played into this: we finally sleep trained the baby and he takes 2-3 hour naps every day, my daughter is in full-time school and LOVING it, and I really cut back on TV (I kind of don't miss it that much, who knew?) I finished… Continue reading The Best Books I Read in 2018

Yeah, I Felt Like That, Too

The music plays, the kids circle. I groan, mostly because these are five year-olds and I just know someone’s going to cry. Now, though, most are laughing, some are eyeing the chairs nervously, hoping to get one when the music stops. My daughter skips and flips her blonde ponytail and smiles at the girl behind… Continue reading Yeah, I Felt Like That, Too

5 Things I Love About You, My Big 5-Year-Old

This week marks your 5th birthday, my first baby. It's kind of weird to think that I've been a mom for five whole years, because it feels like just yesterday we brought you, a squirmy pink little ball of smiles, home with us. Even if it wasn't yesterday, I remember it like it was. I… Continue reading 5 Things I Love About You, My Big 5-Year-Old

3 Tips for Surviving Back-to-School

Getting back into a school routine can be kind of painful. I know lots of people (myself included) just love the easy-breezy feel of summer. The going outside anytime you want, eating popsicles for breakfast, sleeping late, watching movies on a random Wednesday. But when it's time for school, I think the transition is smoothest… Continue reading 3 Tips for Surviving Back-to-School

Ode to My Running Shoes

Oh hey there, old friends. It's nice to see you finally out in the world instead of on the back shelf of the closet gathering dust and getting ignored. You've been there for years, but you still look pretty. You don't have a single hole or scuff, you're not worn down or fraying. You're pretty… Continue reading Ode to My Running Shoes