Cottage Getaway

 

 

From the time I was four-years-old, all the way up through high school, my family would rent a cottage in Newport, RI every summer.

 

The cottage, unlike Newport, was not glamorous. We had no TV, no phone, no air conditioning. We traipsed sand in all the livelong day. We ate simply [...]

The Sweet Spot

 

 

It’s easy to miss the baby days. Particularly in this modern age of Instagram putting preciously sweet newborn pics right in my face and at my fingertips all the hours of the day. Oh my… the cuteness.

 

“Awwww….” I want to coo. My fingers itch to caress those chubby cheeks and my [...]

Not Doing, But Still Appreciating

 

 

 

Within the past few years, there’s been a definite trend of sharing what we DON’T do at the holidays.

 

“We gave up sending Christmas cards.”

“We don’t exchange gifts with extended family.”

“We don’t mess with all the Advent trappings.”

“We don’t go to a hundred Christmas parties.”

“We only [...]

Navigating Crises: Tunnel Vision & Selective Amnesia

 

 

We were chatting with A’s old karate teacher last night and she was asking about his health. She had retired from teaching right before he went into surgery last March, but she had taught him for three years before that. She was so happy to hear how well he was doing.

 

Laughing, [...]

Compassion is the Best Part

   

I finished up my grocery shopping and went to take my place waiting in one of the two lanes that was open.  

As always, I was just happy to be in line. As long as I feel like I’ve secured my spot, I’m actually rather patient about waiting. Really, [...]

Survival Mode… and What It’s Not

I just recently came out of a mini-season of true Survival Mode. My health situation made it so that I had to just make it through the days. Through it all, I made sure to remember these important tips. “Don’t worry about it– you’re in survival mode right now!” “I can’t even think about [...]

Leave Early

 

 

Honestly, if there’s one thing I’d really like to encourage the parents of littles to try to do more often, it might be this:

 

 

Try to leave earlier.

 

 

I realize that, for some families, getting out the door any sooner simply isn’t possible, and I’m definitely [...]

Shopping the Big Box

While many turn up their noses at big box shopping, we find they’re just what we need to stay in budget and feel good about our choices.

She insists on wearing a dress to speech each week. That one’s a non-negotiable for her. She knows I’ll make her [...]

Daughters

 

 

I have a confession to make. When I gave birth for the first time, there was a little part of me that was super relieved to hear them say, “It’s a boy!” It’s not that I didn’t LIKE girls… of course I did! And, honestly, I was arguably a real girly-girl: long blonde [...]

10 Things That I Won’t Deal With Today

[So, I'm writing this post on February 21, but scheduling it for six months from now-- August 21st. Why, you might wonder, would I do something so odd? Well, I'll tell you...]

 

It is mid-August right now. And I’m willing to bet it’s pushing 90 or maybe even hotter. Nights probably [...]

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