Mulberry Picking

We found a mulberry tree in our backyard last spring. It actually stands in the neighbor’s yard, but some of its leafy branches extend over the fence and onto our side. We Googled, “Can you eat mulberries,” expecting the answer to be a clear “no.” After all, when you have a tree dripping with ripe, […]

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A Day in the Life (2 Years Later)

I love Facebook’s Timehop–seeing what I was posting or doing years ago. It’s fun (and frightening!) to see that college graduation was so many years ago or that we had that one cold day in May last year too. Two years ago, I took pictures for a day in our life. Liam was almost two […]

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The Unlikely Gift of Mom Brain

I was standing at a baby shower when I first heard the term “baby brain” or “mom brain.” Someone said that she kept forgetting things during her pregnancy and blamed it on her baby brain. I was offended. I was a few months from being pregnant myself but I knew that when I became a mom, […]

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Guest Post: Coffee + Crumbs

Today I’m over at Coffee + Crumbs sharing an essay I wrote last year entitled, “Honeysuckle and Mock Strawberries.” Here’s a snippet: This year, it’s the mock strawberries in our backyard that have captivated you. You ask me to go with you to pick “wild strawberries,” and you particularly like to get the “super biggest […]

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What’s Working: April 2017

This is where I share five things that are working well for our family right now–three for myself (or us as a whole), and one for each child. I love seeing what works for families at different points and hope this is beneficial. Minus the allergies, Spring has been so wonderful. Both boys seem to […]

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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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