Vow Renewal

An excerpt from the book I’m working on- prose and essays on motherhood. The first timeA short service On a crisp spring dayStars in our eyesPromises on our lipsI doAnd I do, too The second timeA 3-day ceremonySoundtracked by tears and breaths In perfect synchronyWorking to bring our creationEarthside and into our arms The third time Standing in…

Macaroni and Cheese

People talk about the big moments of parenting. The things your spouse will do that make you fall more in or out of love with them as you embark on the daily practice of raising a child together. There are the obvious moments I feel more in love. Watching him cradle our infant just minutes…

Samuel & Kathryn

Last night my youngest sister, Katy, got married. I am overjoyed, proud, emotional, and in awe. Legally, she has been an adult for five years, but in my mind she is still eight years old. YES she can drink, YES she has graduated from college, and YES she pays bills and has a job, but she’s only eight. Trust…

Lessons Learned While on Vacation

This week Isaac and I are staying on the beautiful Kiawah Island in South Carolina to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Located about 30 miles outside Charleston, this slice of heaven is one of the most serene, peaceful places I’ve ever been. We first came here about 5 years ago for one of his work conferences,…

Jumping In With Both Feet

I’m not one of those people who likes to test the water with my big toe, assess the situation, and make an informed decision about whether or not to jump into the lake. Instead, I prefer to live my life in the form of cannonballing into the lake, unsure of what I may find, but…

Little Conversations (wish list)

Isaac: (nudging me awake) Baby, baby wake up. Baby! I was looking at your amazon wishlist and the blanket you want is $50, and it’s really small! Why do you want that? What are you thinking? Me: (in a half awake grumble) It’s really soft Isaac: It’s the size of a pillowcase! I’m not getting…

Thanksgiving Highlights

It’s almost Christmas so I figured it’s probably time to go ahead and write my Thanksgiving post. Thanksgiving was wonderful. My entire family gets together every year for Thanksgiving, and we just keep growing and growing. This year we had 13 people all crammed into one noisy, messy cabin! The day we were supposed to…

Wake Up Call

I was sleepwalking and switching the light on and off over and over again creating a strobing effect in our pitch black room. Poor Isaac had just fallen asleep. Isaac: You are acting so crazy, stop it. STOP IT NOW! Me: Well then you need to go turn on the bathroom light because I get night…