IN OTHER WORDS | When Our Parents Need More

A care package came for me today. I knew it was coming: a box of old letters, photos, and poetry. When she asked if I wanted it, I was tempted to pass, but I have a little of her save everything gene, and I was curious. She and my stepfather are moving into a retirement […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Reflections on My Kids

 This post was originally written in 2009. I came across it while doing #NaBloPoMo, reflecting, remembering, and yes, recycling. It’s a great reminder of how far I have come as a mom. And, yes, it made me cry. In a good way. It no longer feels endless, it feels exciting.  One of the toughest things […]

IN OTHER WORDS | How to Survive Costco with Kids

1. Feed them first.  Now is not the time to worry about portion size or healthy options. Hello? You’re at Costco. This is about survival. Greasy pizza the size of their head? Check. Enormous nitrate-filled hot dog? Done. Mountain of frozen yogurt? Yes, please. Just get something in their pie holes before you shop. If they […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Giving Thanks to Women Who Blog

<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12978045/?claim=ajkj56g5yau”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> Since August, when I joined blogging groups, I have met the best women. Great writers, hilarious people, and caring humans. Most of these women I’ve never actually met. We are friends by name, Facebook status and Twitter handle. And I feel loved. These women have got my back. When […]

IN OTHER WORDS | #BlackLivesMatter

I watched the Michael Brown verdict with my twelve year old son. I was not surprised. My shoulders slumped and I felt helpless. He was apoplectic. I thought, harness that energy, woman. Harness that. Sitting at your computer shedding tears, you only get to do that for a few minutes, OK. How does that help […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Cats, Cats and More Cats

Monday, I took my two cat-loving children to Austin Pets Alive, our city’s famous no-kill shelter. No, we are not adopting another cat. We already have three. We went to hang out. That is what might save this week. I may do a series of cat posts. And, when did the entire week of Thanksgiving […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Why I Love Family Dinners

1. I don’t care anymore if they eat it. I just put it on the table. Don’t get me wrong, I try to make food my family will enjoy. I just don’t stress anymore. I used to make something adult-ish that my husband would like, and when my kids were young, I made the mistake […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Mom, Can You Make Me A Sandwich?

Twelve years ago I made a person. He was tiny, extremely cute, pooped and cried, and cried, and cried. Yes, I had a baby. He had colic and reflux so I nursed him 24/7 for the first six months. I felt like the walking dead, slept when he slept and eventually at nine months, he […]

IN OTHER WORDS | Baby It’s Alright

This post is a re-release from last year. I was working through something and a walk in the rain helped. I’m listening to the rain on my sunroof tonight, and remembering that walk. Nothing is here to stay Everything has to begin and end A ship in a bottle won’t sail All we can do […]

IN OTHER WORDS | I’m In Love With My Flat Iron

It’s true. For a girl who had a Roseanne Roseannadanna perm in her 20s, it’s hard to believe my favorite appliance is, in fact, my flat iron. She even has her own travel case. Never, ever did I think I’d be that girl; a girl in love with a beauty appliance. I have complained, whether […]