The Terrible Threes

I don’t know why or who ever coined the “terrible twos” but I would venture to guess their child was 2 and they used this phrase prematurely.  The twos are easy.  The twos are a walk in a magical park where fawns frolic across your path and fairies giggle with one another in the tree…

Read More

Empowering Tiny Humans

We are entering the enlightening stage of childhood where Cori wants things.  Specific things.   She has skated through the last 4 years in ignorant bliss.  Commercials advertising the latest trends or sugary snacks that aren’t prepared by mom had not yet phased her.  I knew this day would come and had a couple of…

Read More

I’m A Fraud

Maybe it’s because for most of my adolescence my peers managed to remind me of every single flaw I had.  Ones that I didn’t even realize were flaws but just differences that either I was able to choose or not.  Regardless, I was a magnet for those who figured out how to dress and to…

Read More

This Is 30

I often wondered just how different life would be once I turned 30.  The excessive sweating can definitely be blamed on the children.  I’ll go ahead and throw the wrinkles, frequent peeing and dark circles on them too.  But 30 – ahh, you’re going to get way more praise than you thought you deserved. Let…

Read More

That Time Nobody Stood Alone

44 hours is all they had.  44 hours to prepare for a devastation nobody could have ever even imagined.  Just 44 hours.  It takes me longer than that to prepare for a weekend trip to Houston to visit family on a normal, clear day… and yet people expected a city… no… the ENTIRE coast of…

Read More

The Space Between

This was never supposed to happen.  You weren’t supposed to do this to me.  You weren’t meant to grow this fast.  I’ve watched you with such intensity since the day we met.  I desperately worked to memorize every freckle.  In awe of the blue of your eyes, the dimple in your cheek, the way you…

Read More

When the Powder Settles

I watched in horror as the remainder of the powder floated down from above my head.  How did it even get that high up?  It took a few seconds to register what was happening, but it clicked and all I could muster was… “What the hell are you guys thinking!?” Now, I normally don’t like…

Read More

Pushing For My Passion

I save every single one of my rejections.  They all sit safely in my inbox and I read them often.  Even the generic ones.  The ones that aren’t anything “personal”, but still cut just as deep.  I read them for encouragement, oddly enough.  To remind myself that someone will eventually say, definitively “Yes”.  That one…

Read More

A Worthwhile Pain in the Ass

Family vacations.  People always look back through their photo albums filled with memories of their trips when their children were young and tell the stories of “remember when”.  That’s the stuff we think of when we first start making plans to create a family… the memories we will make along the way. Chris and I…

Read More