Babysitting

originally published on this here site, over four years ago, and I still feel the very same way! Photo circa April, 2014 -- Beau's former signature move. Today, he is still just as crafty, he is just a lot taller.  Or, as I like to call it, “Why everyone who wants to be a parent someday should babysit ...

resolute

resolute (adjective): admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering. *** It is hard to believe that 2018 is coming to an end, and that 2019 is nearly upon us. 2018 was a particularly transformative year in my life, and in the lives of those nearest and dearest to me. In many ways, it was spectacular. Publicly, there were measures of personal growth ...

Healthy

The above photo is a selfie that was snapped last month. The "It's All Good" note on my shirt was a little hopeful, but mostly ironic. This post is a little hopeful but could be triggering. Please be aware and consider this a "trigger warning." *** This is a post that has been in the works for ...

“I need to access your heart.”

"Does that stethoscope really work?" he asked, his blue, marble-like eyes widening. "Of course! I am a real doctor," I said, straightening the lab coat I had gotten made for his Halloween birthday party. I'd had it embroidered with "Meredith Grey M.D. F.A.C.S." to wear along with my scrubs, messy bun, Grey + Sloan Memorial Hospital ID badge, and converse ...

This Old House: A Before and After (Part One)

Over the past 26 months, there has been a central character in my life story that has not yet been properly introduced. My home. I call it my home deliberately, and not just "my house," as from the moment I walked through the doors and stood in the (then) mustard-yellow entryway, I said, "this is where I ...

What do you see?

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?  I cannot tell you how many times I have said that line, whether it was in reading a bedtime story to my children, teaching a "Baby and Me" or an after school theatre program in my former life as a teacher, or in creating a curriculum aimed at building confidence ...

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 ...