Don’t Underestimate the Power of an Emoji

Don’t Underestimate the Power of an Emoji

Our son kept checking his phone. “He still hasn’t responded,” he’d tell me. I tried to downplay it and suggest perhaps his text hadn’t gone through, but our tech savvy boy knew better. Dad wasn’t responding. He checked one more time before bed, tears filled his eyes...
7 Tips for Parenting Tweens

7 Tips for Parenting Tweens

Maybe its because I’m not great with numbers or I tend to be a bit naive, but I’m smart enough to know this would happen. It is completely logical of course. Perhaps because I’m also a bit of a dreamer, this phase caught me off guard. Seriously, it was just yesterday...
On The Verge of Goodbye

On The Verge of Goodbye

The other night we spent a few hours in a place no one wants to visit. The hospice floor of a hospital, a place where life and death literally hang in the balance. As we made our way from the parking ramp to the fourth floor we passed signs directing us to many places...
Don’t Outgrow Me Yet

Don’t Outgrow Me Yet

This is one of my all-time favorite posts, originally published on Her View From Home. My only child’s ninth birthday is approaching. Half of his childhood is in the books. My day to day mom duties are half over. Where the hell did the time go? Perhaps by the...
Sometimes I Miss Five

Sometimes I Miss Five

For the last few months, I’ve found myself missing my five-year-old. Don’t get me wrong, I love him as the nine-year-old he is now, but oh five was sweet. Five was full of possibility for us both. We got to have some time apart and gain some independence...
I Catch Myself

I Catch Myself

More often than I’d like to admit I stumble. I fall short of the person I’d like to be. I catch myself being impatient. I catch myself making judgments that aren’t mine to make. A couple years ago I was having one of those good days where I felt on...
Ode to the Evening Walk

Ode to the Evening Walk

An evening walk is a soothing ointment. It takes some of the sting away. It is time to both escape and reconnect. These precious few minutes can put all of the previous hours into clearer focus by softening the lens through which they are viewed. Dusk is my favorite...
Life Lessons and Lawnmowing

Life Lessons and Lawnmowing

We have recently expanded our yard. In the new area, we prepared the soil, fed it fertilizer, and spread grass seed. In the time since we’ve faithfully watered. We watched the black dirt anxiously awaiting some sign of life. Then almost magically it appeared....
The Almost Invisible Girl

The Almost Invisible Girl

It was almost like she was never there and yet I can’t get the image of her out of my head. My son and I were spending the day running errands together and stopped for lunch at a Subway in a quaint town we both enjoy. The sun was shining, the sky blue, and we...
Kindness Ripples

Kindness Ripples

I have found a way to get a little thrill out of grocery shopping. It is a simple act of kindness that only costs 25 cents that brightens my day. Grocery shopping is not high on my list of favorite activities. As a family, we are trying to eat healthier and all those...