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When Christmas Is Depressing

Last Christmas was depressing and cruel. After a long, hard year, we were out of funds and struggling [...]

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The Life of an Accidental Dance Mom

I didn't set out to be a dance mom. I simply signed up my oldest for tap and [...]

motherhood Toddlers

Learning to Let It Go: The Story of the Dinosaur and the Kitchen Towel

Lately, I've been noticing that my kids don't hear me. It's strange, you see, because I'll be standing [...]

Messy Spirituality

My spiritual life was simple for a long time. Routine, even. I believed what I had been taught, but not just because someone told me these things were true.

motherhood Parenting

9 — We’ll Get Through It

About six months ago, I heard that 9 is a scary age for parents. I've heard it's full [...]

motherhood Toddlers

H.A.L.T. and Chill, Dude

Like any good 2-year-old, Rex can be moody. Most of the time, he's an absolute delight, but when [...]

Deep Thoughts

We’ve Seen This Before

"Learn English! Or go back to where you came from!" I couldn't believe my ears. A woman in [...]


Croup for the Win — The Mom Reset I Didn’t Know I Needed

It began with a bark. A familiar bark. And we just knew. For some reason, 2-year-old Rex is like [...]

The Birthday That Was the Icing on the Cake

This essay is part of an 8-minute memoir challenge hosted by Ann Dee Ellis.Day 8: Birthdays------------------------------------------------------Birthdays are a big [...]

8-Minute Memoir: The Things Left Unfinished

But I've learned something from being forced to leave things unfinished. I've learned that priorities can shift. Tastes can change. The methods of living and occupying and existing can be altered.