Rest in the Beautiful Chaos

Do you ever wish you could shed motherhood like taking off a heavy coat? Hang it on a hook just for a moment while you breathe a sigh of relief from the weight lifted from your shoulders? When I was pregnant, I longed for a moment free of the literal weight of my belly causing…

Is This Where I Live Now?

“This is where I live now,” said the birthday boy as he collapsed onto the bench. Josiah started off his 16th birthday with a sick stomach just as he was opening his long-awaited presents. Still trying to salvage such a momentous birthday, we headed to his favorite breakfast joint for cinnamon crunch bagels. Though he…

Do Not Disturb

I woke to a buzzing sound. Eyes weighed down with sleep struggled to open. What time is it? No hints of light trickling in around the curtains so it must not be morning yet. My eyes wandered around the room searching for the culprit, the interrupter of sleep. Another buzz. My phone … who is texting…

My Valentine

He doesn’t tell me I look tired even when I stumble out of bed, bleary-eyed every morning. He responds to emails and reads the news while he waits for his turn in the bathroom. “Love is patient and kind.” When my best friend drives in for the weekend, he encourages our movie-watching. He provides the…

Who Are You Working For?

“Help! I’m drowning!” Josiah jumped in the pool with his tube and paddled out to the distressed swimmer. Because the woman clothed in a red bathing suit had somehow flipped herself over, Josiah threaded his arms in between her thrashing arms and torso. He pulled her onto her back, resting her upper body on the…

And We Wait

Saturday mornings are for sleeping in and watching cartoons … but not for swimmers. The alarm sounded at an ungodly 5 a.m. I stumbled around doing my Mom thing to get myself ready as well as the things we would need to survive until past noon. We backed out of the driveway in the dark….

The Benefit of Trust

I opened the pen so the dogs could stretch their legs in the yard. They ran around, relieved themselves, and ate worms–they are dogs, after all. When it was time to go back inside, I was presented with a problem. My parents clean the dogs’ paws whenever they come back in the house. Mario was…

Pain in Training

My feet are frozen ice pops without socks to warm them, but I suffer through the discomfort. I’ll just think warm thoughts. My chai tea has cooled, making it an unappealing room temperature, but this one time, it’s okay. I’ll just drink it anyway. I can hear the tune announcing the end of the dryer…

A Layer of Mulch

Weeds abound in our yard. They snake under and through the bushes. They migrate to our potted plants. They pretend to be grass. Our new yard guy has some big shoes to fill. The previous yard guy parked in front of the house every two weeks or so pulling a trailer full of equipment. Not…

Lessons from a Hack

You may have heard about the Equifax breach, but have you heard about the equally frightening Randlett hack? My son complained of his computer not allowing him access to the website where he completes his online classes. A fully functioning computer is a necessity when completing online school. I don’t consider myself technologically illiterate ……