Crayons litter the floor of the den like confetti on New Year's Eve. Blankets for forts are scattered along the ground and over the couches. Goldfish crackers crushed to bits decorate the piano room. The smell of fresh laundry and dirty boy intermingle in my nostrils, a reminder of things to do. … [Continue reading]

How to grocery shop for a large family


It is entirely possible that the title is totally misleading. Pre-shopping: Phase 1: Bemoan the fact that there may literally be no food left in the cupboards. Shed a tear for what is about to happen. Cry a little. Do whatever is necessary to calm your nerves and make yourself feel … [Continue reading]

Many hats


I've found that my role as a mom is not a simple one to define. As I have moved into a mom of teens over the last few years, I have found that my … [Continue reading]

A million miles


I'm not going to lie. It was epic. Millions of miles. Nine people packed like sardines into what is normally a spacious extended van, made for some … [Continue reading]

Sweet 16


Holy Hannah. My oldest is 16 today. He is on the cusp of adulthood. A young adult. A teenager. He towers over me. He's silly and goofy and serious and … [Continue reading]

Home sweet…chalk?


There are inherent qualities that make any house feel like a home. We've settled in a bit in our current residence and I've noticed that some things … [Continue reading]

Dear Mother Nature,


On behalf of mothers in my surrounding city and state, I ask for a cease and desist on the rain. It would be quite lovely if this much needed moisture … [Continue reading]

Dear Little Man,


You are 4 years old now. For some reason it felt like a major milestone for me, for you. I know you are not little, even though you still need to … [Continue reading]

It’s ok if you aren’t in love with motherhood


I'm not an optimist by nature, but I always attempt to look at the bright side. I know that sounds contradictory. I have to really TRY to look at the … [Continue reading]

Time: Jord Wood Watch Review


I don't know about you, but before I became a mom, I didn't really care what time it was all day long. As long as I knew when to be at work or at … [Continue reading]

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