The Right To Be Whatever You Are

I need to tell you something: I've been lying. Or at least shrinking the truth. It took me until Sunday night in a room full of Christmas carols to realize it. I stood up for the chorus, "Sing Joy", but I didn't feel joyful. And I finally knew why. I have so many reasons to … Continue reading The Right To Be Whatever You Are

Why I Want A Girl

I was sure the baby was a girl. 95% sure. Her name was Elizabeth. She had giant blue eyes and porcelain skin like her brother, with dark hair. She was a firecracker, stood her ground, knew she was loved. We were both a little stubborn so sometimes we argued. I was a little intimidated by … Continue reading Why I Want A Girl

We’re having a…

{CLICK THE PIC FOR A VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENT} Click here to see a special video announcement. If you've come back after the video to read this, I will say I was very surprised. I need to process the implications of this huge change of plans. I had no grid for a baby boy, wasn't planning on … Continue reading We’re having a…

A Little, Tiny Announcement

Today is one of those days where I know God is extravagantly kind because my life is proof. Today is my birthday - I turn 32. And today, I am 12 weeks pregnant with our second, long-awaited child. The details of how almost impossible this particular pregnancy seemed to me are a little too graphic, … Continue reading A Little, Tiny Announcement

No more cookies. No, really. Okay, fine.

If you are a parent, or you have ever been around a toddler, you know they have these obsessions. Compulsions. These "I can't help myself" moments. While endearing the first six times they pose a nonsensical request, in only a matter of seconds the charm wears thin and suddenly, I'm shouting, "NO!" with all my … Continue reading No more cookies. No, really. Okay, fine.

Negative tests and practicing my poker face

{I've been leery of sharing these thoughts and stories about our journey to have Baby #2. I don't want to get pegged as an infertility writer cause I will feel guilty for getting pregnant when my readers are still trying. But more than that, letting strangers see the longings in my heart has been just … Continue reading Negative tests and practicing my poker face

Anger Management for Moms: the 365 Day Challenge

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about anger. My anger. The kind that fills me up with sadness and regret. The kind I dive into in the moment and feel I'm drowning in the next. Since I wrote about it, read about anger from other moms and started paying attention to my volume and emotion, … Continue reading Anger Management for Moms: the 365 Day Challenge

How to feel like a good mom when you tuck yourself in

Motherhood is teaching me a lot about my human-hood. And it hurts. I face off against the frayed and tasseled ends of my patience and goodness every time my voice shouts too loud, or when my son's unexplainable need to fish in the toilet stirs up my ugly, unreasonable side. I don't like that girl … Continue reading How to feel like a good mom when you tuck yourself in

9 reasons I like being a mom

There are many days where I feel like a strange version of a woman. Being a working mom will do that to you. It can be confusing. Mix in the fact that my son does not go to childcare but stays home with his dad, which is great and I am thankful, but this complicates … Continue reading 9 reasons I like being a mom