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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...

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 were...

To Fidget or Not to Fidget

Love them or hate them fidget devices are everywhere. A search for fidget spinner on Amazon brings up 37,127 listings ranging in price from less than a dollar up to several hundred dollars for models with fine finishes and ceramic bearings. There are ninja spinners...

Keep Alice Out Of Wonderland

My son was in preschool when twenty little kids were killed at Sandyhook Elementary. On that day less than two weeks before Christmas, I sobbed over my keyboard as the news came in. I thought of the gifts I had hidden in the house for my own four-year-old and how...

Tonight Santa died at our house. Our almost nine year old asked in his most serious voice for the truth on Santa's authenticity and this mama confirmed what he was quite certain of already. Santa is a phony. Much to my relief he was not upset in the least. In a...

I’m Not A Size

Yesterday while in the unflattering light of a fitting room I came to a realization. I'm not a size. Neither are you. Weight is personal and scary to talk about, but here goes. I was a big baby. I was shall we say a little pudgy through childhood. I remember...

Dearest Self

I wrote a post (Not-So-Sexy Ways To Love Yourself) over on Show Your Blog Love about ways to love yourself. One of my suggestions was to write a love letter to yourself. It sounds cheesy and a little painful, but I tell you what - do it anyway and be honest. This...

5 Reminders From My Dog

After nearly five years of not so subtle hint dropping my husband lovingly relented and agreed to adopt a dog. (happy wife, happy life) Our last dog was an exceptional creature. The perfect dog really. I truly missed the companionship and wanted our son to grow up...

Chinks In My Armor

Fresh out of college at my first "real" job I had a boss, who seemed at least, to have it all together. Each day she was impeccably dressed. Her car was never dirty. Her lipstick magically appeared freshly applied. And her fingernails were always perfectly painted. It...

Are You My Sunshine?

Bedtime is kind of a big deal for my boy and I. We talk in silly voices and we talk about the serious stuff that we don't slow down for throughout the day. We read. We pray. If I'm lucky we snuggle. I protect this time. I've left meetings early. I've skipped happy...