Another {real} Love Letter

My dearest #3, In just a few short days you will be turning five.  This year, your birthday is hitting me hard.  Harder than any other birthday, any other year.  I am not sure why. I don't know where your infant or toddler years went.  I remember telling myself to be present with your tiny…

Light It Up

When you have kids things tend to break.  Shocking, I know. Our furniture is outdated and overused, but I cannot bring myself to replace it at this juncture in life.  I am one hundred and twenty percent sure that one of our five munchkins will mark up anything new with sharpies, scissors or glittery glue.…

Golden Era

I have spent near a decade either birthing babies or breastfeeding them.  I have been pregnant so many times that I am not sure if my mismatched food combinations and tendencies toward irritability are from hormone level fluctuations or my actual personality.  I have not had my body to myself in enough years that I still think twice before taking…

Parenting Pitfalls

The more years that pass, the more I am reminded that my words can heal or hurt my children's tender spirits. The kids ask a question.  As simple as: "Why does it rain?" to a little more complex: "Why can't I talk to strangers?" I give a fly by my seat answer: "because the trees are…

{Un}Sweet{ened} Dreams

I have been putting kids to bed for nearly the last decade. I have developed a pretty efficient night time routine {in theory}.  There's the mandated quiet time that prefaces bedtime {because if you can just get them to sit still, they will fall asleep.  Foreshadowing: they know that}. Then, the usual: teeth brushing, {bath…

Trolstice: Trauma or Treasure

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS I cannot tell you the number of times I have watched a "kid's movie" with my kids and wondered how it received a G or even PG rating.  There are those that have emotionally complex story lines {think Inside Out} subtle violence {think Tangled and that frying pan} or adult humor {think Deadpool.  Kidding;…

Wrongin’ to Right

Everyday that I am with my little people I wonder how I am doing as a parent.  Am I instilling the values I want to instill?  Am I teaching them to be faithful, obedient, compassionate, strong and flexible?  I have no idea. I know that today I failed my daughter.  Getting ready for school she…