The blessing in losing my job 3 days before Christmas

On December 22, 2018 I woke up later than normal. I looked at my phone to see it was already 9:45 am. I could hear my family in the other room, laughing and playing a game. My husband had let me sleep in. The second thing I noticed, however, was a text message from my [...]

Our Daily Schedule for a Sane Summer

Each year as the summer season approaches, I find myself with a mix of emotions. On one hand, I’m excited to see my children grow up. I’m reflective about the changing of season and new energy. The summer season offers an easier schedule without early mornings and the obligations of the school year. On the [...]

How to use a marriage journal

As a writer I've always utilized journal writing as a tool. I've tried a lot of different tools and methods of journaling, and each provides their own benefit. That's why I wanted to share about a tool I use in my marriage. My husband and I have been a couple since 1997. It's amazing to [...]

Love Changes Everything

Last week I found myself struggling in two of my relationships. I was taking things personally. I had failed to set boundaries, and found myself feeling unheard and unseen. After a frustrating and unproductive exchange of text messages, I muted my phone and tried to reset my energy. But as I prepared dinner for my [...]

6 children’s books about ecology

I intended to post this blog around Earth Day, but my mom life got in the way and I wasn't able to hit that deadline. I thought that I should scrap it altogether, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there was no reason to. We can take actions everyday [...]

Love the one you’re with

I hovered behind my mom in the kitchen as she made dinner. The fish sticks went in to the built-in oven, and when my mom turned around, she almost bumped in to me. She sighed, “What is it, sweetie?” “I have a serious question.” I was 13, and in these moments, my mom responded with [...]

Going the extra mile with David Sedaris

My husband surprised me last week with a ticket to see one of my favorite authors, David Sedaris. He was coming to our city as part of the DMA Arts & Letters live series, and he was also doing a book signing. I’ve been a big fan of David Sedaris’ work since around 2004, when [...]