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March 11, 2019

Percy Has Opinions: Our Birds

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 […]

Featured, General, Parenting

June 28, 2018

My Son, the Enraged Banana Monster Loving Toddlers (And Liking Them Too)

Our home is a very happy place, but it is not an exaggeration for me to say that with a toddler around, I feel a near-constant undercurrent of tension, wondering when my adorable little darling boy is going to suddenly explode into an enraged banana monster.

Featured, Narrative, Parenting

March 8, 2017

A Little Bit Morning An Illustrated and True(ish) Short Story

Part 1 – Mom It was Saturday morning, and my four year old showed up next to my bed, poking me gently but insistently in the back. I flopped over to respond to him, first suppressing that momentary dread that always accompanies the sudden appearance of a small pale face several inches away from mine […]

Featured, General, Parenting

December 3, 2016

Sleeping Babes

I looked at my toddler today, snoozing in his car seat after some errands, and thought what every parent thinks at such times: How does he sleep with his neck at that crazy angle?? And then I also thought, as I frequently do, he’s so precious when he sleeps. He is one of the cutest children ever to […]

Featured, Fostering, Parenting

October 15, 2015

Compassion Is Not My Superpower

Last Wednesday I dropped Jack-Jack off at his class at church while I was involved in our women’s ministry.  Except it wasn’t his class — it was a NEW class, because he’s three now — and he wasn’t having it.  He saw our arrival at this different class as an act of betrayal, and, being […]

Family, Featured, Fostering, General, Parenting

September 2, 2015

All The Things We Never Say

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,” […]

Featured, Fostering, General, Parenting

May 1, 2015

Loveless Cookies

When we were preparing to foster, I thought happily of all the baking therapy that would take place in our home. My love language is baked goods (that’s the sixth love language, the book doesn’t talk about it for some reason), and I planned to show our child love primarily through chocolate chip cookies.  I […]

Featured, Fostering

December 8, 2014


For the first six months of my pregnancy, I was surprised by how emotionally steady I felt.  Juggling life–my boys and our girl (and not just our girl, but, you know, the whole SYSTEM that comes with her), trying to be a good wife and a good friend and a good classroom-helper-outer, trying to be […]

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