Like A Good Neighbor

Earlier this week, after a restless night up with a teething toddler, after waking at 5:00 am to feed the toddler, again, and get in a run before the rest of the house awoke, after making breakfast for everyone and cleaning up, after homeschooling my older two while trying to keep the youngest from climbingContinue reading “Like A Good Neighbor”

What If Mothers Just Said No?

What if mothers just said no?  What if we decided not to be the ones to carry the heavy burden of the mental load for our families and society at large? What if we set down these invisible responsibilities that weigh us down?   Before the weight of it all crushes us.  What if weContinue reading “What If Mothers Just Said No?”

A Child of Stardust

Once, there was a child.  Like all children, this one was made from the stuff of stardust. This child slid from the heavens above, leaving behind their dance among the constellations and descending along the great slide of color and light that would bring them into a new world. With a disorienting thud, the childContinue reading “A Child of Stardust”

Love and Loss

This morning, as I was baking a cake and doling out spoonfuls of batter to eager little mouths and orchestrating a silly celebration for my younger daughter’s half-birthday, millions of other women were marking this day with much less joyous memories. October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, and the entire month ofContinue reading “Love and Loss”

Taking Note from Nature

‘Tis the season for hustle and bustle, for stress and excess. Meanwhile, the natural world quiets, slows down, and turns inward. Meanwhile, bears and bugs hibernate, leaves fall from trees in a not-so-subtle suggestion to let go of that which no longer serves. Meanwhile, our busy bodies fight against their own natural urges. There areContinue reading “Taking Note from Nature”

My Darlings, I Delight in You

My Darlings, I hope you know, deep in your heart, how much I delight in you.  I hope you see it. I hope you see past my tired eyes and my distracted mind. I hope you see the love and pride and joy that resides within those weary eyes. I hope you see how theyContinue reading “My Darlings, I Delight in You”

The Last Summer Days

This week has started to feel like fall here in our neck of the woods, with cool mornings that call for a sweatshirt alongside a warm cup of coffee and the sweet song of crickets singing us to sleep at night. Officially the season will shift in a couple days. As leaves begin to cascadeContinue reading “The Last Summer Days”

A Love Like That

What is it that makes marriage work? What makes love last? There are probably a million different answers to these questions. Depending on the marriage, depending on the love. But the only marriage I know is mine, the only love my husband’s. So in the weeks leading up to this day, our sixth anniversary, theContinue reading “A Love Like That”

Home Grown

My younger daughter’s chubby baby fingers dug in the rich, dark soil as my older daughter’s tiny toes balanced carefully on the wooden beam that extended across our small raised garden bed. I sat watching, anxiously, as they crawled and danced and wove between delicate climbing tendrils of a cucumber plant, wide, overpowering leaves ofContinue reading “Home Grown”

To the Momma Who is Trying Her Best

To the Momma who feels like she’s the only one who doesn’t have this motherhood thing figured out. You are not alone. To the Momma who wanders through the day mopping up messes and wondering what she has accomplished. You have purpose. To the Momma who spent years pursuing education and career goals, only toContinue reading “To the Momma Who is Trying Her Best”