8 Years, 2 Kids: Love Looks Different

8 Years, 2 Kids: Love Looks Different

Love looks different these days. Here we are, eight years into married life (celebrating an anniversary just around the corner!), with two rambunctious kiddos vying for our attention every waking moment. It’s the best, and it’s hard. Gone are the days of ordering takeout and watching Netflix all day. Recently, we had a rare kid-free … Continue reading

Lessons in Kindergarten class: extending a hand.

Lessons in Kindergarten class: extending a hand.

My daughter is five, and she’s headed off to Kindergarten next fall. She’s my girly girl, these days decorating her petite fingernails with every color of the rainbow and bedazzling her soft fingers with sparkly rings. We were at our 10-week Kindergarten prep class a few days ago, and she was being, well, a kid. … Continue reading

When you feel too busy for your own life.

When you feel too busy for your own life.

I haven’t blogged in months. Months! And it’s driving me a little bonkers, to be perfectly honest. Maybe it’s moving to a new home, maybe it’s raising two energetic kids, maybe it’s keeping up with a full career. The days are few and far between when I can actually sit down in a quiet spot, … Continue reading

Today: the beautiful present of the present.

Today: the beautiful present of the present.

In three short weeks we say goodbye to the place we’ve called home for over six years and hello to our sparkling new adventure. Right now, it’s easy to get sucked into the nightly rhythm of managing our stuff: purging, selling, organizing, packing. Boxes are stacked high in every corner. Supper is whatever’s left in the freezer, … Continue reading

Why I choose to work outside the home.

Why I choose to work outside the home.

I’ve been a work-outside-the-home mom for over four years now. Let me start this post by saying all moms work their tails off, and I completely respect everyone’s personal decision, whether it’s to stay home, work from home, work part time or juggle the full 8-5, M-F gig. No matter what you choose (or circumstances … Continue reading

What it means to keep living.

What it means to keep living.

A pretty sign above my sunny kitchen window softly whispers, “Keep living.” Kelby laughed when he first saw it. He said it reminded him of placing a “Breathe” tattoo on your wrist (which, I personally love) — as if you’ll forget to do it without the regular reminder. Actually, it’s easy to forget. Keep living. … Continue reading

Dear daughters, the world needs love.

Dear daughters, the world needs love.

Dear daughters,We live in a cruel world. There are angry people. Lonely people. Sad people. People who want to destroy other people. And sometimes, they do, whether with words or weapons. So, what do we do? How can we help the world heal? Love is the answer. Love people – even the mean ones. Especially the mean … Continue reading

Dear 17-year-old self.

Dear 17-year-old self.

Dear 17-year-old self, Believe me, I get it. The pressure is real. Anyone and everyone wants to know what your next move in life will be. What are your plans? Even the local newspaper is asking, ‘What are you going to do with your entire, precious, one-shot-at-this life?’ That’s the million dollar question. I clearly … Continue reading

The music never ends.

The music never ends.

Life is short. We say it often. The days, weeks and months fly by at breakneck speed. When we’re caught up chasing dreams and reaching for the next goal, and then another, and then another, pretty soon we’re looking back wondering where the years went. Life is short. How quickly we forget. The moments are here, and then … Continue reading