June 29, 2020

If you’d asked me a month ago what a glioblastoma is, I’d have shrugged. A month ago, I had literally no idea that such a thing even existed. But several weeks ago, my dad suffered a series of sudden and alarming seizures that led to not one but two emergency brain surgeries, and now he […]

February 20, 2020

We were halfway to school when Foss suddenly announced that he had forgotten his shoes at home. Cooper, ever anxious at the thought of arriving late to school, groaned aloud in horror and irritation.

November 20, 2019

I recently took Will (who had just turned four years old) to Target to pick out some new underwear (for him….just to be clear). One of my favorite things about kids his age is their total, unabashed innocence about their bodies. I love that I can take him to the underwear section of a busy […]

March 11, 2019

You know those pictures of pets of different species doing adorable things together? Like when dogs and cats get all snuggled up, or cats and birds set aside their differences so the bird can perch atop the cat’s head, or a fox mother adopts a bunny baby? Don’t those pictures just make you feel all […]

August 31, 2018

Am I organizationally ready? Well, my little spell-checker is giving me a red squiggly line indicating that “organizationally” is not actually a word, so I guess not. Also, no, I don’t feel organizationally ready. I sat down at my computer to write some emails before we go and I wrote a blog post instead, so….

April 16, 2018

We’re not one of those “we all do this” kind of families. You won’t hear me say “we’re all night owls” or “we all love chocolate candies filled with copious amounts of peanut butter” or “we’re all super into bird-watching.” We can barely even get ourselves in semi-matching clothes for family photos, let alone get ourselves into unanimously matching tastes and preferences for life.

September 2, 2015

I have read maybe a hundred lists.  The lists people post just to inform everyone else in the world, to make sure we’re not committing serious faux pas against each other.  “10 Things to Never say to Adoptive Parents,” “The 7 Questions Every Foster Parent Hates to Answer,” “5 Gifts No Teacher Wants to Get,” […]

July 22, 2015

There is a piece of underwear in my living room, and it has been there for upwards of two weeks. It’s a little boy’s underwear, with Avengers characters all over it, and it doesn’t belong to any of my kids. I have no idea who it belongs to. A little over a week ago, I […]

July 3, 2015

There was a while during which I seriously wondered whether our decision to foster had forever changed my second oldest son, and not for the better. I avoid names except for Todd’s and mine here on this blog, but since I’ll be talking about him quite a bit in this post, let’s call him Maverick. […]

October 6, 2014

Sometimes I can idealize the past, like there were seasons of our lives that were close to perfect, but of course that’s not true.  Every season has its joys and its hardships.  All of motherhood seems to be that way–hard and wonderful, painful and renewing, exhausting and invigorating, full of laughter and tears, hope and […]

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