I was 26 when I first found out that I had melanoma. My dermatologist called me with biopsy results and I instantly knew it wasn't good news. A few days earlier, the dermatologist had removed the teeniest, tiniest little...
Screen-free week, what's the big deal?  We could do that easily if we wanted to, I just don't want to.  We're fine with our balance.  I grew up watching hours of TV and I'm fine...  Those are the things...
Screen time. This topic is a daily struggle in our home. We are constantly asking ourselves: how much is too much? How much is acceptable? How much time is she spending on screens when we are personally not with her...
When you stay at home with little children, life is a chaotic swirl of coffee, sibling squabbles, dirty dishes, smiles, diapers, and accidents. It’s wonderful and overwhelming and it speeds past you far faster than you ever imagined it...
Let's be real here; because he never gets any attention...   I am actually writing this piece out of a little bit of guilt and feel like I should leave something for my son to read in the future for him...
This past fall, my mom and my sister both visited our home and individually shared that they had noticed that our 5-year-old son, Henry, was crossing his eyes. Yet I knew my kid better than anyone on this planet...
"I always wanted to have a friend just like you..." Even now, at 40+ years old, I smile when I hear those words.  One of my favorite shows to watch on TV growing up was Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.  I hated...
It happened one evening as I walked into my bathroom. There it was. In the corner of the shower, up towards the top where the tile and the frosted window hit. A giant spider. The symbol of my adulthood coming into full swing....
A few years ago on Father's Day, we celebrated multiple fathers: my two grandpas, my own dad, and my husband (dad to our two little girls). Not a lot of people still have all four grandparents alive, so I...

Learning to Celebrate

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Are you good at celebrating? It may sound strange, but celebration doesn’t come naturally for me. I’m the kind of person that likes to stay in motion. Performance can drive me forward. If I meet a goal, rather than pausing...
Having three boys in quick succession means that sometimes the four walls of our house feel too confining - especially in the winter.  Cabin fever is a real thing, y'all!  There are only so many books to read, crafts...
As a parent of two children under the age of five, I find myself constantly thinking about my parenting decisions. Should I have stayed home to raise them during these early years? Should I have worked harder with my...
My brother, Noah, has lived in prison for the whole time I've been a parent. I've never been one to hide the truth. I especially do not hide what our real life is from our kids.  I brought my firstborn, Greyson, behind prison...
"I have GOT to talk to you!" she said, coming out into the hallway. Her hushed, serious tone told me this wasn't a cute kid story from the day. “Oh no!” I said aloud, pausing my chore of stuffing Friday...

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Experience Gifts – It’s All in the Delivery

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Parents can sometimes shy away from giving experience gifts because they lack the wow factor of the hottest new toy. However, with a little...
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