The “last time” is just around the corner

My Kiddos

I lay in bed with my newly eight year old, scratching his back and talking about our day. As exhaustion took over, he asked for my pinky, which he holds every night for just a few minutes while I sing Silent Night. It’s a silly little thing that brings him comfort and allows me a… [Read More]

I am thankful

my-kids

It’s been a crazy few months. I have felt a lot of stress, and I’ve yelled and cried more than normal. But I’m okay. We’re all okay. And for that, I am thankful. When you’re in the thick of change, as things are constantly evolving and shifting, it’s hard to focus on the good that is in… [Read More]

The activity that keeps our family strong

belts2

Last November we found ourselves looking for after school activities for the children. Soccer had been fun, but did not really grab the interest of our kids.  Ideally we wanted something that all three kids could do together to make it easier on our schedule. Our main goal was to have them involved in a class that would… [Read More]

What not to ask families with “just” one child

family pic

*I am so pleased to share this post from local Raleigh mom, Lynn Iannucci. We all have a story, even if it often goes untold.  ————- “Just the one?” It’s a question from a fellow parent. “Yes,”, I answer. I try really hard not to fill the blank space with a reason. I want to say, “But… [Read More]

Looking for the Pause Button

Boys Looking out at yard together

I absolutely love this stage of life that we’re in. My boys are on the verge of turning six and three and this is my most favorite, everything feels right with the world, happy heart stage of motherhood yet and I keep looking for the pause button. The problem is, it’s just not there. How… [Read More]

Tips for traveling without your kids

Mom Traveling with Starbucks

My husband and I are about to leave town for 8 days. EIGHT DAYS! We will be on our own, seeking out adventure and relaxation without our little minions tagging along. Yes, I’m excited. I am counting down the days, pre-packing my stuff, and loading up my Kindle. I am so incredibly grateful we can do… [Read More]

Eliminating “No Fair” from Our Vocabulary

no fair

These days it seems that at least several times a day someone in my household is screaming NO FAIR! It’s happening at a ridiculous pace and I have had it. The straw that broke the camel’s back came last Thursday when Miss E. looked at a photograph of a little girl on a dance poster… [Read More]

A time for gratitude: I’m thankful for family

Hoffmann Family

The world feels a bit in shambles at the moment. I can’t turn on the news or open up a web site without being blasted with depressing, nerve-wracking or infuriating images or statements. I’m torn between crawling in a hole for several months (years?) or climbing to the top of a mountain with a bullhorn,… [Read More]

The years really are short.

Aidan on the farm

It’s true what they say. The years really are short. I came across a photo in my Timehop app yesterday that made me stop and pause. I clearly know that my son turns seven next month, but seeing this photo caused my throat to tighten just a bit. How is he almost seven? How is… [Read More]