Teach Your Children Well … Words to Parent By

I’ve been thinking a lot about parenthood lately (the status of being a parent, not the television show). Even though I’ve had so many things to write about, I haven’t been writing about the parenting journey has much as I used to do on this blog. It’s not that I don’t want to share my […]

Learning the A, B, C’s of Reading and Writing

I’m convinced that one of the hardest tasks humans have to master is learning how to read and write. As an adult – especially one who writes for a living – I forgot how difficult it is to learn the right words and figure out how to form a complete sentence. I don’t even recall […]

Drawing Her Own Story

A few months ago, Sophie decided she wanted to sell her drawings. As in, the drawing she creates herself. After getting her first glimpse of sales success with lemonade stands last summer, Sophie was invigorated with the process of creating a product and selling it for money (25-cents, to be exact). Although it was a […]

The Moments of Motherhood I Treasure

This past weekend Sophie gave me a card she made. She colored the front and back purple (my favorite color), and on the inside drew a big heart. She wrote one sentence, which she sounded out and spelled herself. It read, “You R the momy I love.” Sophie told me she wanted to write a […]

Teaching Kids About Money While Shopping at Target

One of the things I’m facing as a parent right now is teaching Sophie the value of money, how to distinguish between your “wants” and “needs,” and the fact that the bank is not an endless supplier of free cash. These issues came out in full-force during our most recent trip to Target, which was […]

2 Introverts and 1 Extrovert – Living Together in a House

My daughter, Sophie, and I pulled up at the entrance to the park on a warm afternoon. I put the car in park and glanced around to see what awaited us at the playground. Staring momentarily at the masses of kids and families happily playing together, I immediately thought to myself, “It’s so crowded! Maybe […]

Welcome Jolina Petersheim, Author of “The Outcast”

Do I have a treat for you today! I am so excited to welcome Jolina Petersheim, author of The Outcast, to my blog today. I first “met” Jolina years ago when we began following each other’s blogs. I knew early on from reading her weekly blog posts that she was an amazing storyteller. Her blog posts […]

Lately in Motherhood …

Lately in motherhood, I … Made countless chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese dinners. Read The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes to Sophie even though I was tired and didn’t want to read a “long” book before bed. Went on a nature walk with Sophie and Bryan, and watched while Sophie bravely crawled […]

Live Lobsters and Hail: The Simple Things in Life

About a month ago, Sophie and I were in the grocery store looking for that evening’s dinner. It had been a long day for both of us, was very cold outside (cold for San Diego), I was in no mood to cook, and was eager to get home and into my comfy pajamas. As I […]