Recognizing My Whiteness

I remember the first time the twins vocalized their awareness that my skin was a different shade than theirs. The way it played out wrecked me. It was February and we were at Target shopping for bathing suits so they could swim indoors with me at the gym. M stumbled upon the Disney princess bathing … Continue Reading

Unseen

I sit down with a plan to write, but most days I don’t have the energy to recount the day’s memories or retell what we’re in the midst of because that requires reliving it. And right now, living it is hard enough. I don’t want pity or sympathy, but I refuse to sugarcoat it. The … Continue Reading

19 Things I Did (Or Didn’t Do) in 2017

Since my post 19 Things I Did (Or Didn’t Do) was a favorite last year, I figured I would share 19 things I did, or didn’t, do in 2017. Keep in mind, this is meant to be a quick reflection. Overthinking it will just lead to the desire to impress. (And #ImpressingIsExhausting.) If you want to … Continue Reading

Beginning Again

Over one month ago now, sweet N came into our lives and flipped our house upside down (quite literally). Shakespeare’s, “Though she be little, she is fierce.” couldn’t be more relevant. N has invaded our hearts, which are now as soft and moldable as the play-dough she stomps into my pretty living room rug. She … Continue Reading

A Home Well Lived In

Several months ago I scribbled “I want a home well lived in“ on a blue sticky note at my kitchen table. I jotted the words down so fast they were hardly legible, but something urged me not to let the thought pass without giving it a permanent place. I stuck it on my desk right next … Continue Reading

Mama, Sort Of.

Never before have I experienced this kind of love. As I’m writing this, it’s been exactly seven days since our world was flipped upside down. “But you asked for this…” my conscious reminds me. “You’re damn right, I did,” my heart and soul snap back. E and I wanted to provide a loving and safe … Continue Reading

When Something So Natural Won’t Work Naturally [Guest Post]

I met Kristin at my darling friend Rachel’s bachelorette party in Florida. She was strikingly beautiful, outgoing, funny, and, the more I got to chat with her, I recognized a deep kindness and spirit of empathy within her. I told Rach, “Your soon-to-be sister-in-law rocks!” (In fact, all of her sister-in-law’s are so beautiful, inside … Continue Reading

You Deserve a Mini-Getaway… (& I’ve planned it for you!)

I sat between his legs as he held me, our toes in the sand and a gentle breeze in the air. This is better than our honeymoon, I thought. E agreed and kissed my cheek. I could share plenty of good reasons as to why our mini-getaway to Folly Beach, South Carolina was significantly better than our … Continue Reading

Tuesday’s Tiny Victories

Sometimes it’s nice to take inventory the high points of your day. It lifts your spirits and creates an attitude of gratitude. Especially on a day that doesn’t get much attention. Monday’s we just want to get ’em over with, Wednesday’s are hump days, Thursdays are for a large glass of vino, and Friday’s we … Continue Reading