Sweat glistens on my skin, sticky because of last night's storm. My feet meet the pavement in even strides, feeling light and quick. The sun beats on my back, but is tempered by the cool of the air. I forgot my sunglasses, so I squint a little and swat at the gnats that seem determined to join me on … [Continue reading]

10 Things I’ll do with all my kids in school


Today is a red letter day. I have waited for this for 15 years. It doesn't mean I don't love my children or enjoy spending time with them, it just means that I've accomplished something. I have survived getting 7 children into school. 7 It's a lot of kids and it takes a while for … [Continue reading]

She’s having a day

It started the night before, so at least I was prepared. "I don't want to go to school tomorrow!" she whined. "Why not?" I asked. "Because I … [Continue reading]



There comes a point at which it is time to give up. Give in. Whatever. Hours before the longest run thus far in my life, I find myself restless. … [Continue reading]

The calm before

Fuzzy heads greet me each morning asking for breakfast. Children trickle into the kitchen. 8, 9, or 10 a.m. Sunshine floods the living … [Continue reading]

Miscellaneous items


Miss L: Mom, can I have an I-C-Y P-O-P? The spelling was necessary as the ultimate connoisseur of icy pops was seated on my lap. Me: Sure, … [Continue reading]

Tales from the Deep Down


"I gots a go pee, Mama." Our adventure began last Friday, and after what seemed like hours, we finally found a camping spot. Unbeknownst to us, it … [Continue reading]

Prepared for rejection


Something totally cool happened last week. I was published in my local newspaper's online family section. It was something I thought about … [Continue reading]

The lazy days of summer


Toys are scattered. Children wearing whatever seems to fall out of their closet. Mismatched. It doesn't matter. Crazy makeup applied to tiny … [Continue reading]


I tip-toe through the dark hallway, avoiding toys and legos like the Ninja warrior I am. I walk into their room and see them snuggled together on … [Continue reading]

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