anchor

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

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

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

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 time he...

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 top of my game. It...

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...