Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012: The year I learned to be content

2012: The year I learned to be content

Has it really been five days since I’ve written? Hmm. It feels strange…that it doesn’t feel strange. You see, I’ve had a bit on my plate the last two weeks. In the course of fourteen days, my youngest daughter first came down with the rotavirus, had two days of relative good health, then got anotherRead More

Fa-la-la-la-Lysol: The viruses that (almost) stole Christmas

Fa-la-la-la-Lysol: The viruses that (almost) stole Christmas

“Run the bathwater. She’s puking again.” Not quite the way I envisioned our Christmas morning to end. Santa had come, the gifts had been opened. Breakfast consumed. Our toddler just got over a five-day stomach bug of doom four days ago, and I was ready for the Lysol/non-stop laundry days to be over. But onceRead More

No, Virginia, there isn’t a Santa Claus.

No, Virginia, there isn’t a Santa Claus.

WARNING: YOU PROBABLY DON’T WANT YOUR CHILDREN UNDER 10 READING THIS IF THEY’RE STILL FANS OF THE MAN IN RED. If there’s one thing I admire about parents, it’s their refusal to “parent by default.” That is, they take a stand for something, anything, and give it their best shot to not let society trampleRead More

You. Have. No. Idea. A Cautionary Tale for New/Future Parents

You. Have. No. Idea. A Cautionary Tale for New/Future Parents

My sweet toddler has been sick for four days now. And if you’re squeamish, you may not want to read any further. But if you’re a new parent, or considering parenthood, I strongly urge you to hold your lunch and read on. After all, I believe expectation management is the key to happiness. If youRead More

She needs me, but not as much as I need her.

“Mommy, I thought we weren’t supposed to touch baby sister or we’ll get sick!” My preschooler was right. I’d warned her not to give her little sister the customary bedtime kisses and hugs, as she’d just started throwing up an hour earlier. She didn’t understand why I would be cuddling my glassy-eyed, vomiting toddler. ButRead More

Guest Post: Share the Season Delivers Hope in Many Forms

Guest Post: Share the Season Delivers Hope in Many Forms

Now, more than ever, we need to hear some good news. We need to see a glimmer of hope. And right here, in our Wichita community, a program called Share the Season delivers on that need. This season, it’s important to remember not only to give back to your family and friends, but to findRead More