Fa, La, La, La, La: Whose Child is that? (The Christmas Play Story)

Ahh Christmas.  The season of wonder.  Of beauty.  Of hope. Of joy. Nothing gets me into the Christmas spirit more than the special services held at our church in December. The season of Advent, the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, is a holy time in the church and truly sets the tone for Christmas Day. ...more

Elf on the Shelf Ideas (from a busy parent)

Love him or hate him, if you have small children and have adopted the Elf on the Shelf® tradition for your family you are likely beginning to run out of steam by now. Chances are you've been at it since Thanksgiving and are in the third week of making sure that the little red felt menace has moved since the day before. ...more

I've changed my mind about our Elf on the Shelf.

Holiday traditions.  Every family has them.  Many are universally celebrated, and some are as unique as the people who celebrate them.  I grew up in a family that cherished our traditions and the holidays took on a certain rhythm of shopping, cooking, travelling, and then ultimately celebrating together.Fast forward to parenthood.The pressure is on. ...more

What I should have done when I found out my friend had Breast Cancer

Last June, April, a dear childhood friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.  My heart hurt for her.  I wanted to hug her neck and be there for her.  I wanted to make her meals and sit by her side while she went through chemo.  I wanted to help her out with her kids.  But I couldn't... she lives in Florida and I live in Maine....more

Breastfeeding isn't sexy.

There.  I have your attention.  I used the words "breast" and "sexy" in my title, which led you here.I am writing this piece in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. I've thought about sharing this before but I usually shy away from stirring things up on sensitive topics.  Well, nothing is more sensitive to a mother than trying to breastfeed.  Trust me.  But I think it is an important conversation to have, so here are my thoughts:...more

A back-to-school list to live by.

I started seeing them back in June.  School supplies officially hit the stores.I began to feel the uneasiness and anxiety that is back-to-school for a parent.School had literally just ended and our summer had yet to begin.  I hadn't even bought bathing suits for the kids....more

Surviving Puberty for the Second Time

It all began on a mundane weeknight. She had just played in her first ballgame of the season. Supper was over and she had settled in at the dining room table for a game of chess with her daddy. I was in another room entertaining a puppy and a boy when I heard the drama coming from the other room. I was used to drama during their chess games. He's teaching her how to play and she is highly competitive, and those two don't always go well together. She loves the complexity of the game, he loves to see how amazing her mind works. ...more
Our talk is, like yours, a conversation. It goes on. My daughter doesn't want to grow up yet. I ...more

An open letter to the other parents at my daughter's ball game:

This week something utterly embarrassing happened to us, forcing me to write this letter.I'll be  handing out copies of it at my daughter's next ball game, should the incident repeat itself....more

Finding beauty in the weeds... and a little parenting insight, too.

This is what happens when you go on vacation and leave your yard unattended for a couple of weeks:...more

My 8 year old daughter is in love, and I couldn't be happier (spoiler: this story will melt your heart!)

Just two weeks ago, my sweet little girl fell in love.I knew it was coming and I did nothing to prevent it.  You might even say that I spurred it along.We celebrated CurlyQ's 8th birthday and a week later, she finally got to hold her gift: a 13 week old English Springer Spaniel puppy.She named him Sam....more