The smell of a school always feels like home to me. It’s an indefinable combination of ink, floor wax, the ghost of school lunches, and pencil shavings. Every school I’ve ever been in smells the same somehow, and stepping though the door instantly transports me back to my teaching days. But this time I hold … More Mama Musings: Becoming a kindergarten mama
Well folks, here we are on the official first day of fall. Here in the South the weather has yet to catch up to the calendar (our highs are still averaging in the high 80s), but those lazy days of summer are a thing of the past and we are barreling straight into our fall … More Mama musings: What to do when life suddenly becomes complicated
Here I sit with my computer on my lap. Charlotte is playing quietly in her room, Tessa is down for a nap. The dog is asleep on the couch next to me. Though we had a delightful rumbly storm blow through this morning, and more rain is predicted, right now the sun shines brightly and … More Mama musings: what summer reminds me about hope
Spring is my second-favorite season. Fall edges it out by the slimmest of margins. My soul delights in warmer weather and watching the world come back to life. Unfortunately it seems like along with green grass spring also brings with it an extra-full schedule. This past weekend we attended three birthday parties in addition to … More Mama Musings: How do I care for my soul during a season of busyness?
I sent my baby off to school today. Ok, not exactly. It’s a mother’s day out program, once a week, for five hours. But still, it feels like a bit of a turning point. Growing up is such a gradual process, sometimes I hardly even notice it’s happening. Then we pass a signpost like “First … More Mama Musings: Letting go, growing up, and Moana (we’re obsessed over here)
Charlotte is four and a half, and for her the holidays are at the height of their magical glory. She remembers some of the traditions we’ve started, like our book advent and attending the family Christmas Eve service at church (which we missed last year because of vomit Christmas). She asked if we were going … More Mama Musings: Keeping Christmas joyful, meaningful, and uncomplicated
I started this blog the year my oldest daughter was born. I didn’t really have a central theme, I just shared bits and pieces of my life as a brand new mom. My posts included DIY projects, seasonal decorating, crafts, funny stories, and deeper musings on the process of motherhood. I am really all over … More A blogging soul-search
Right when Tessa settled into a consistent nap schedule, Charlotte quit taking naps. It had been a long time coming. For over a year she would sometimes sleep in the afternoons and sometimes not, but I still went through the nap time routine of story and song, then shut the door to her room. I … More Mommy lesson #67: Mommies need quiet time too
Did you give up on me yet? I almost gave up on myself, at least as a blogger. I knew the adjustment from one kiddo to two would be big, but I didn’t know it would take so long! I guess it took nine months for baby to develop inside the womb, and it takes … More I’m Back!
Tessa is now eleven weeks old, and it’s funny, but our “new normal” doesn’t really look that different from the old one. I remember feeling so uncertain before she arrived about all the changes that were bound to happen. I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to meet her, but at the same time as a … More Mommy lesson #66: A New Normal – life with a newborn and a preschooler