Monthly Archives: January 2013

Prayer of the Weary Mother

Prayer of the Weary Mother

Lord, I am tired. Head down at 11 p.m. Head up at 5 a.m. With three interruptions in between. I’m not sure how much longer I can last. Years of inadequate sleep have taken their toll on my body. My mind. I am tired. So tired. And when I feel this way, it’s so hardRead More

Toddlers: Like Living with a Bear

Toddlers: Like Living with a Bear

They can look cute and cuddly from a distance. Bumbling around, frolicking in the wilderness, foraging for a tasty snack of juicy berries. But then, something sets them off. They feel threatened and are unable to communicate like an adult human. Suddenly, often without warning, they attack. Growling, snarling, sometimes biting. You’ve been warned. BearRead More

More Sanity with SmartKnitKIDS Seamless Socks: Review and Giveaway

More Sanity with SmartKnitKIDS Seamless Socks: Review and Giveaway

Awhile back, I posted a desperate plea on my Facebook page. Nearly every morning, my preschooler was causing us to run late. Why? Her socks. She would agree to put them on, only to fling them off in a fit of rage screaming, “They’re goofy!” Her voice was desperate. I knew this wasn’t simply aRead More

My 50 minutes of fame on the BBC (while wearing sweatpants)

My 50 minutes of fame on the BBC (while wearing sweatpants)

It was just a typical Wednesday morning, or any morning, for that matter. I sat on the couch, laptop open, planning my grocery shopping trip for later in the afternoon. (It takes hours to plan when you attack the store like the crazy coupon diva you are.) My toddler sat at my right, still aRead More

Little Girls Need to Vroom-Vroom, Too

Little Girls Need to Vroom-Vroom, Too

She shrugged her shoulders, and set the box aside. Should I have been surprised? My girly-girl, wanna-be princess ballerina, got a belated Christmas gift from her great grandmother–remote control cars. Not pink ones. Not purple ones. Not sparkly ones. Just a red one, and a police car one. “Can I keep looking at my dressesRead More

Finding the Lovely at Home

Finding the Lovely at Home

So often, my eyes gaze on the greener grass of some other’s home, and neglect to appreciate the beautiful spaces inside my own home. Yes, my house is typically a mess, and yes, it’s old. The floors are scratched, the wallpaper peeling, the lath and plaster cracking, but there are some spaces that are veryRead More