We can’t we be strong sooner?

On my way to pick up the girls after work yesterday, twice I waited through stop light cycles as emergency vehicles went flying by. The first I ignored. The second made me pause. Two so close together? Something is really wrong. I was sitting at the light just next to The Farmers Market and my…

Lessons While We Wait

  I witnessed a hit and run last week. In a span of about 40 minutes, I saw slices of the worst of humanity and the best of humanity. The worst was an angry young man, screaming and cursing at the man whose car he hit. The best was a soft spoken older man, determined…

Oh Good Lord

I sat with my Mom at lunch today and thought OH GOOD LORD over and over and over again. It's Mother's Day and I wanted us to have a nice lunch with good conversation and then all these things - MomLife - kept happening. The wait time was going to be 45 minutes, someone didn't…

There Is Only One Me

There is only one me. I say it all the time in my head when there’s just too much. I occasionally say it out loud when multiple people are talking to me at the same time. There is only one me. I can only be in one meeting at a time, in one place at…

April Fool’s Birthday Girl

Fourteen years ago, in the middle of the night, I was doing the exact same thing as I am right at this moment: laying in bed with my daughter just a few feet away, marveling about her. Ella was born not long after midnight, on April 1. After all the post-delivery chaos of Apgar scores…

Melancholy Mom Notes to My Girls

When you are sad or hurting it breaks my heart. I would rather feel the pain of someone smashing a limb of my own than watch you struggle. Watching you struggle and knowing the reason why fills me with sadness and regret. And it motivates me to do absolutely everything possible to make the remainder…

Brave Girls ARE the storm.

Urban Dictionary has some very interesting - and some pretty hilarious - definitions for family. It's not necessarily about who's blood you have, or who you're forced to spend the holidays with. It's about people you love and they love you back. A bunch of people who hate each other and eat dinner together. People…

Falling Masterpieces

I am currently trying to teach my 7-year old how to ride a bike. I use the word “teach” loosely, as we are not making a ton of progress. I have basically just been running alongside her holding on to the bike as she either laughs with glee or begs me not to let go.…

Spring Is Coming, Brave Girl

It is late winter right now. Not early winter. Not mid winter. Late winter. That part of winter where you start thinking that every frost could be the last one and you start thinking about planting things because spring is so close you can feel it in the afternoon air. It's currently 92 degrees as…