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The Grandparent Gift

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This Grandparents' Day is bittersweet. I am blessed to still have one grandmother in my life, and my husband still has three of his grandparents to celebrate. My children are blessed with grandparents who love and treasure them immensely. But...
I decided the last day of Festival International was officially dubbed the day the stars aligned for “Family Fun Day Sunday”. After Mass, and a full afternoon of festival fun, we decided to head on over to Rock N’...
My children's ages are currently in a little cluster right now so that we have been potty-training a child every summer for going on three years. You can read about the insanity that was our experience with our son...
I didn’t write this post to guilt trip myself into being more focused on my kids. They’re doing just fine. They do get a lot of me, and sometimes I need a break. But I did write this post...
It’s one of the first questions my kids ask in the morning, as soon as sleep is rubbed out of little eyes. Following in the footsteps of my older sister, we instituted ‘days to pick’ five or six years...
steel-magnolia. Noun. (plural steel magnolias) (chiefly Southern US) A woman who exemplifies both traditional femininity as well as an uncommon fortitude. I was about 10 years old the first time I watched Steel Magnolias. My mother and grandmother sat me...
I pride myself on being a mom who preaches acceptance and authenticity. Trying my hardest to meet each of my children where they are and I do my best to pay attention to the unique aspects of their sweet...
Some husbands and fathers spend their days doing the most routine, predictable, day-to-day tasks. Starting the coffeemaker in the morning. Taking the kids to school a few days a week. Texting your wife when you are on your way...
Dear Momma, I see you and that beautiful baby you just brought into the world. Yours really is one of the cutest newborns I’ve ever laid eyes on. Trust me when I say, you’re a natural! You were born for...
I tried to do it quietly ... have a panic attack, that is. I was standing in the kitchen while my husband was trying to console our overly tired 4-month-old. I couldn’t let him see me fall apart again,...

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