On Hard Weeks

I know it’s happening most when I start losing stuff—literal, tangible, physical stuff. I feel my control slipping and suddenly can’t keep up. I feel on edge, flustered, constantly losing words and forgetting what I was supposed to be doing. This, for me, has been the hardest thing about motherhood: the feeling that my mind […]

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Guest Post: Mothers Always Write

I’m so excited to be featured in the April issue of Mothers Always Write. Click over to read my essay, “Blue Glass Candlesticks and the Dream of Family Dinner.” Here’s an excerpt: Family dinner became a symbol for me of what our family could be, yet I was always failing, too lazy to get my […]

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The Board Game Aisle at Target

We’re in the toy section of Target—a stop we always make to encourage our three-year-old to cooperate the rest of the time. He stands on tiptoe and gently lifts down the box of $2.99 wooden trains to dig through. Our one-year-old pulls Star Wars paraphernalia off the shelves, and I rush behind him like the […]

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2016 Adventure Book

Each year, I make a family album (you can see previous posts here, here, and here). I feel like I may be being made fun of in that Chatbooks video about *those moms* who actually have time to make a yearly album. I’m so glad to know there are simple options out there for preserving […]

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Cleaning During the Little Years

Let’s be honest: I wasn’t the best housekeeper even before we have kids. I love a clean space, I love purging and organizing, and I even love a good, thorough cleaning time. But it hasn’t always been high on my priority list.  So when I read this essay, I thought, “Yes, that will be us […]

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What’s Working: February 2017

I thought I might start sharing frequent posts about what is working for us right now. Similar to Anne’s What’s Saving My Life, I love the chance to focus on what is working. This is the kind of post I wish I could find–tips on what life with two kids of different ages looks like, […]

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When You’re Not Sure You Like Your Child

This wasn’t supposed to happen, yet it has been happening for a while. And it scares you—terrifies you—yet you feel powerless in the face of it: you’re not sure you like your child anymore. Of course you love him. Nothing could change that. You will continue to fix his pasta before your own no matter […]

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When You Just Want Your Favorite Cup

The funny thing about toddlers is how you can’t always predict what will matter to them. Just when you’re patting yourself on the back about how your kid will drink out of any old cup, he decides that he will only wear pajamas or must have his syrup in a separate dish when he has waffles. […]

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