Actually, dear stranger, he IS mine

It was a typical, blistering summer day. We were in the neighborhood pool—splashing, floating, and laughing. My youngest son wouldn’t leave my arms. He was sleepy and clingy—leading me to resort to exaggerated methods of making him smile. I bounced in the water, blew on his belly, and kissed his soft, wet cheeks. There we […]

When it’s hard to ask for help

Is it easy for you to ask for help? If not, you’re not alone. After all, you know what they say about men and asking for directions. For many, pride gets in the way. For others, it’s another beast entirely—guilt. I’ve struggled with anxiety most of my life, and I have three never-failing triggers: change, […]

Put on your mask first

I really don’t like flying. There’s the chaos of getting through the airport, the security process, delays, cancellations, airport-provided hotels that smell like smoke and mold, shuttles, and ear pops. Worst of all, the landing. That screeching, bumpy halt gets me every single time. I just don’t like any of it. Still, previous jobs and […]

I don’t always put my clothes away

There’s a pile of clean laundry on my bedroom floor. Weeks ago, my husband neatly folded each piece and stacked it next to the bed. It was his attempt at inspiring me to hang them up. Bless his sweet little heart. There’s something you should know about my husband: he’s a neat freak. And I’m… […]

Hey, Mom…I’m Sorry

Concrete stairs separate the two levels of our home. My very active toddler has always been good at navigating them, and (knock on wood) we haven’t had any accidents. But, still. They’re concrete. And so, there are rules. He was perched on the middle step, which he knows he shouldn’t do. “You need to go […]