Even when times are dark

"How does a human being become so extraordinary?" I asked my daughter when she finished reading her book to me. She just smiled. Despite the fact that my brain has been a bit fuzzy as of late, my girl is just soaring. She came to me, just now, and told me that she had written a book this morning (during the 20 ...

#motherhood

Why lick the bowl of brownie batter when your brother can paint your face with it!?  Scene: Home, after a long, lovely winter break. It's the last day before going back to school.  11:30am Boy: Boppy! Do you want to go downstairs and get a snack together?! Girl: Yes! Boy: Yay! Because we are best friends! (I thought to myself, "Wow, these are ...

Dear Current Husband

So, today started like this: https://instagram.com/p/49AmvkSz_2/?taken-by=mommyeverafter And, by the way, hashtag no nap. And our son just figured out how to watch Family Guy on the iPad. He's in stitches. So, it got me thinking... and since I have become a dedicated songwriter, I started to sing the Meghan Trainor song in my head. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that ...

Babysitting

Or, as I like to call it, "Why everyone who wants to be a parent someday should babysit (and not for the reasons that you think"). I know what is going through your head. You think that I am going to advise you to do a lot of babysitting before becoming a parent so that ...

An hour as a mother.

I was up a lot during the night last night. I don't think I got very much sleep, and for me, that translates into an increase in anxiety. I have been told by my psychiatrist that sleep is healing for the brain, and I notice that it has a profound impact on my mental state. My ...

An unpopular post.

I am prepared. I am used to many of my posts being greeted with great warmth and empathy. "I feel exactly the same way!" I hear. But I don't think that this will be that kind of post; it is going to be a different post. An unpopular post. And that is OK. I am writing in support of the snow ...

Swainsona formosa

My daughter has many qualities. She has two, however, that make life particularly interesting, especially when they affect one another: 1. She has an incredible gift for verbal communication. She has been talking since 6 months old and has never stopped. But she is one of those "old soul" types, and I am stunned every single ...

Baby it’s Cold Outside.

This past week has been a blur of sick days. Today is another one (more on that, later.) I am endlessly grateful that it has just been some lingering respiratory things and maybe a touch of the stomach flu, as it is almost the one year anniversary of our week in the hospital with a sick 2 month ...

Lindsay Docherty Photography

I've written and raved before about the magic and beauty and romance that is Lindsay Docherty Photography. Here is the final installment of my journey with Lindsay. Let me be clear in saying this: This is not a sponsored post. These photos are not c/o her business. I am writing about the phenomenal Lindsay Docherty because she ...

Mommy tip for a rainy day:

When the skies are gray and the rain is a'fallin', and you're singing with your kid, and she asks, "Why didn't the old man get up in the morning?" You say, "Because he got up in the afternoon." I know. You can thank me later.