Shelving the present

This morning I was standing in the middle of our living room, getting dressed for work. It’s not the usual place I prep for the day, but everyone else in the house was still asleep, and with a nine month old with a temperamental wake-up, I didn’t feel like tempting fate and having anyone wakeContinue reading “Shelving the present”

The life-altering mindshift of appreciation

About a year ago, I felt like I was living in a constant state of stress. Whether it be work, family, adult and parent responsibilities, finances, aspirations left unreached, creative pursuits, or issues with the world at large, I was a ball of worry, nerves, pressure, and so much more, clawing at the walls forContinue reading “The life-altering mindshift of appreciation”

For the birds

I really hate letting things go to waste. Yes, that statement is at odds with my aversion to clutter and desire for less, but in this particular case, I’m thinking about food. It never fails that when garbage night rolls around each week, we find ourselves with some slices of bread that’s starting to go,Continue reading “For the birds”

The life you’re watching online is not perfect, and it’s okay if yours is not

A toddler goes running through the room, a kindergartner close behind, if not passing her from room to room. Calls to cut it out fall upon tiny, deaf ears. An infant now awake and needing to be held. Laundry piling, baths to be given, meals to be made and eaten. Work. The baby’s crying again.Continue reading “The life you’re watching online is not perfect, and it’s okay if yours is not”

Three’s Company – car seat edition

Come and knock on our door… Just don’t make it the car door. We’re maxed out on space. Hard to believe that just over a month ago we were still parents of two, that we hadn’t met our wonderful, second daughter, nor knew that she was even going to be a girl (we like theContinue reading “Three’s Company – car seat edition”

As you start kindergarten…

An open letter to our son… Tomorrow, you start kindergarten. The mornings of pure play have passed, and the lessons of preschool now behind us, you set forth on an amazing and new adventure. I’ll never forget that time driving in the car, back from vacation, when mommy was pregnant with your sister, that youContinue reading “As you start kindergarten…”

Eclipsing cynicism for the shining rays of generosity

Like much of America on Monday, I was awash in a world that was talking about the solar eclipse, as the moon stepped in front of the sun like a rude person at the checkout line who either doesn’t see you or doesn’t care. That was a pretty cynical comparison, right? We all slip intoContinue reading “Eclipsing cynicism for the shining rays of generosity”

Small victories

It’s no big secret that I’m a list maker. Usually, prior to calling it a day and heading to bed, I pull out my planner and start jotting down what I would like to accomplish the following day. It ranges from work assignments that I need to wade through to personal projects or writings (“blogContinue reading “Small victories”

Altruism

This past Valentine’s Day, our son and daughter each got cards in the mail from their grandparents. Inside our son’s card was a ten dollar bill. He immediately became very excited, with a wide smile and look of excitement on his face. I imagined that images of a new action figure or some type ofContinue reading “Altruism”