Category: Family

Why the high five tunnel needs to go

This sports parenting culture that asks the meat-eaters to make themselves smaller so no one else feels badly is ridiculous.

A $10,000 Kitchen Make-Over

Sometimes you want a $50,000 kitchen. And sometimes your husband says “We have $10,000.”

Things I have learned from having a daughter in 5th grade.

You are the last stand. Train accordingly.

Do You Want To Know?

So, Fortnight. Don’t worry, I’m not going all Prince Harry here. To me, there’s very little difference between spending hours on Fortnight talking to friends and the hours I spent on the phone when I was 13 talking to friends. But. My mom couldn’t hear my friends unless she picked up the extension. I can hear it all from the Fortnight. I have said … Read More Do You Want To Know?


Violet and the Bangs

It has been a few months now, but a while back, I noticed one day that Violet, my 6-year-old, had bangs.  Suddenly. They appeared out of nowhere. The girls had just come back from a weekend at their dad’s and I asked her if she had gotten a haircut…. Nope. Well, did your dad cut your bangs?  No. Did your grandma?  No. Violet, did … Read More Violet and the Bangs

50 Years

Three years ago I wrote a post about an EPIC night shared by my parents and aunt and uncle on the occasion of their 1st and 5th wedding anniversaries. It involved fishsticks and champagne and steep San Francisco streets and a poor dude who had the nerve to drive through an intersection when it was not his turn. This year is my aunt’s and … Read More 50 Years

Advice for the Bride

Last weekend we had a bridal shower for Teresa and I had this brainstorm that as we ate, all the wives could give her advice based on the length of their marriage. I called it Sage by Age. We probably had 20 married women at the tables. Their advice was amazing and honest and funny. The first wife was Rachel (5 years) and her … Read More Advice for the Bride

Average Mom

My friend Tonya posted this on her Facebook page. I paid close attention because she doesn’t usually say this much. It’s pretty phenomenal, so I asked if I could share it here.  My children all unanimously decided I was “an average mom”. We were all having a deep and insightful conversation over dinner last night, and at one point in the dialoguing, I was … Read More Average Mom

With Grateful Voices

You might be tempted to kick 2017 in the behind and then slam the door on it tonight. I sure was. Then on the way to church this morning, Kate said she was going to miss 2017. I snorted, but Shea asked her why. We swam with turtles! she said. Yeah, and my football team had a really great season, said Gabe. And I … Read More With Grateful Voices

Emmanuel is Coming!

I know you still have your fat pants on. But Advent is coming. I’m not rushing you. I have glad tidings: This year we have a whole week to get ready. None of this Thanksgiving on Thursday, Advent starts on Sunday madness. Seven days, sisters. Find your advent calendars. Or if–like me–you aren’t allowed to disturb the carefully crafted storage box fort in the … Read More Emmanuel is Coming!

Faith, Hope and Love

Look at this girl. I met her in 1994, when she was 18 months old. With those twinkly eyes and saucy curls, she worked her way into the hearts of my family. She was in my wedding: I was her Confirmation sponsor, five weeks postpartum: She loves on my babies: She went to college and she dated and that was a thing because there … Read More Faith, Hope and Love


Sisters, we got a puppy. I KNOW. But here’s what happened. Two weeks ago I was driving the kids home from Sunday school and when I got to the intersection where the Humane society is located, I felt the command to turn. “Where’re we going?” Gabe asked. “Let’s go look at dogs.” “Are we getting one????” Annie squealed from the back seat. “Only if … Read More Dasher

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