Standing up for Your Beliefs: the challenge of training your child to be “that” kid

It would have been so easy to give in. He begged me to let him stay home. His blue eyes welled with tears as he told me he couldn't go; he was afraid to go. I cajoled. I begged. I reasoned. I got angry. I empathized. I bribed. Literally, I did whatever it took to get him out the door and, by that time having missed the bus, into my car. We would ride in the car together. We would walk in together. We would visit the counselor and confirm that the school had some type of plan to make … [Read more...]

Celebrating Fifty Years: Love and Luck Endures

Marriage is like a spiderweb. Some are meticulously built in places and ways that withstand all of the elements. Their silky threads delicately wave to and fro through wind and rain, and glisten intricately and ephemerally in the sun. Other webs are begun with the same initiative and dedication, but are instantly dismantled by a human or animal plundering through the woods. I've been thinking a lot about marriages lately. A niece just got married on Saturday. My brother, Tim, exchanged vows … [Read more...]

My Children are Too Sweet

My one indulgence when doing laundry. . .and sometimes the reason I'm okay doing laundry. . .is that I get to catch up on some Netflix viewing. A couple of nights ago while folding sheets I started watching the documentary, Fed Up. The premise of the documentary is that the reason we have an obesity epidemic, especially for our children, is that we've let large food manufactures basically have a blank check on what they can put into their processed foods, how those foods are labeled and how they … [Read more...]

Monday Meals: Grilled Chicken Salad with Garlic Confit

When you have all the kids home for the summer, dinner time is the biggest buzzkill because it feels like all you've been doing all day is feeding kids. Most nights I can't even think of a protein/veggie/carb combo that is simple and easy and not too involved.  Usually at 5:30 pm I'm  typing words into my web browser like "chicken breast" and praying that something pops up that jolts awake the elusive dinner-fixing muse. Last week the website came through for me with a Grilled … [Read more...]

My Marriage Advice stolen from Annie Lamott: Bird by Bird

Today Scott and I are celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary. I feel like I should write something profound and meaningful about being married for 16 years and having two sets of twins and a surprise. (Yes, it was a surprise because a certain husband was quite sure that we were too old to get pregnant and, like a teenager in the backseat of a steamed-up car, I listened to him.) But we are here at 16 years. Annie Lamott tells this story in her wonderful book on writing and life, Bird … [Read more...]