Life isn’t black and white

Life isn't black and white - find the color

This morning we had some interesting conversations. It started with my son asking me why a friend of my daughter’s had brown skin and her mom had white skin. We talked a little bit about adoption, about how some people aren’t able to care for their babies and how lucky she was to have a… [Read More]

Roadtrippin’ Children – Another View Point


This post should be short and sweet. It should read something like ‘Tips on how to have a successful road trip with children: DO NOT TAKE THEM.’ But, alas, we live in a big wide world and often take our children out into it. My husband and I moved to Japan when I was still… [Read More]

I don’t have babies anymore

My Big Kids

I lay quietly next to you, watching your chest rise and fall as you slept. Every few minutes, you’d sigh and a little whistle would escape your nose. Weren’t you just a baby? Weren’t you just toddling down the hallway waiting for someone to praise you? Weren’t we just getting rid of the pacifier and… [Read More]

A letter to my daughter on her 4th birthday

Four year old faces

My darling Miss E, I honestly cannot believe that four years ago I was just starting to go into labor. You bring so much love and light to our family. I am so proud to be your mama. You have grown so much in the last year. You can spell and write your name. You… [Read More]

5 Get Ready for Kindergarten Skills

GettingReady For Kindergarten (1)

I spent years teaching kindergarten before I was an at home mom and there were definitely things I wished all of my students could do. Now, as I’m sending my own little guy into “big school,” I’m trying to make sure he’s as ready as possible. Surprisingly, it’s not really letters, phonics, and counting that… [Read More]

If I Knew Then What I Know Now #Sisterhoodunite

Heading home

This post is part of a sponsorship with the Sisterhood of Motherhood campaign. Miss E is about to turn four. FOUR! My baby, my final child, has been around for 48 months. How is that even remotely possible? It’s been 1449 days since I brought her home from the hospital. It’s been 41 months since she… [Read More]

This is me right now

We are where we are. Sometimes we don’t like it. Sometimes we relish in it, jumping for joy at the pure awesomeness that is our life. Either way, we should do our best to enjoy the ride, the push and pull of existence. I told myself that this year I was going to embrace the… [Read More]

How to get your kids to help around the house


My husband recently had a brilliant idea. It was to create a board with jobs the kids could do to help around the house. I referred to it as a chore chart; however, my husband insisted on calling it a job board. At first, I didn’t quite get the difference. A job, a chore… it’s… [Read More]

SNOWED IN – reporting live from the trenches

snow day in nc

Today is Day 3 of Raleigh’s Snowmeggedon. We started off on a much better foot than yesterday. Yesterday we had lots of whining and screaming before it was even 9 a.m. Yesterday I understood why some animals eat their young. Today the kids are just enthralled with the 5 inches of snow we have. We are lucky… [Read More]