Skinnamarink

Skinnamarink

We file into the basement with our babies, all just weeks old and cocooned in their new infant car seats with brightly colored toys dangling from the handles. The stairs are narrow and carpeted; I’m worried I might slip and fall. We each look around self-consciously, eyeing the other parents and babies, eager to connect…

on fault and grace

On Fault and Grace

“Don’t climb those,” were the first words out of my mouth as we entered the park in downtown.  Nestled between skyscrapers, it offered a splash area that ran in between hills covered with shining Astroturf.  The hills were spotted with abnormally large rocks, and my then seven-year old daughter was weaving in between them. “Why…

Stillness

I sprinted around the house the weekend before the appraisal, barely taking the time to complete one task before starting another.  Baking soda removed stains from counters and spackle was applied to a hole in our bathroom wall.  Since I didn’t have time to paint, we covered the spackle with a towel and instructed our…

My child is an introvert

The Quiet Ones

Every Halloween in my town there is trick-or-treating downtown. The main street gets closed off, dozens of parents bring hundreds of kids, and they work their way through each business. So far my kids are young enough that I’ve been able to avoid this mayhem. I’m already dreading (yup, dreading) the year I will finally…

transitional seasons of motherhood

Transitional Seasons of Motherhood – A Collection of Heartfelt Stories

Autumn is a transitional season — easing out of the boundless, warm, summer days, and preparing for the colder, slower winter and holidays ahead. Autumn is the in-between — a mix of both hot and cold, old and new, a true season of change.  And even though it’s a transitional season, pivoting from one extreme to another, it’s…

giving up child for adoption

Two Plus One

A straightforward question such as, “How many kids do you have?” should be answered with a simple, measurable response. For Mark and me, we cannot answer that question by giving a simple sum.  We quantify the number of children we have in the form of an equation: we have “two plus one children.”  I am…

the runner

The Runner

Sam emerged from my abdomen three weeks late with a strangled scream, not the boisterous cry I expected.   Squelched by fluid in his lungs, he went silent quickly. Concern swam up my half-numb body. He spent his first New Year’s Eve behind the bars of an infant hospital bed receiving special visits from all the…

5 Super-Easy Plants Your Kids Will Love Growing Themselves

5 Super-Easy Plants Your Kids Will Love Growing Themselves This Summer

Gardening is one of the most satisfying and therapeutic activities kids can tackle relatively independently.  Children love creating something from (virtually) nothing.  What begins as tiny seeds which germinate into something that’s living and bearing edibles is almost tantamount to magic.  Planting vegetables and flowers is an exciting activity, regardless of age. And whether your…