Transitions When Life is Always the Same

After a particularly dreary winter followed quickly by a stay-at-home order, spring is finally here. Of course, we can't plant our annuals just yet for fear of another frost, but besides that potential, trees are blooming, windows are wide open for the majority of the day, and the hope of sunshine and an emergence from … Continue reading Transitions When Life is Always the Same

Loving My Neighbor Through School Choice

Over the summer we were at a family gathering halfway across the country. It was a lot of catching up and conversation about education came up. A cousin asked if ours was a good school and I hesitated. Yes, our school is an incredible school! We love it and our teachers. My daughter is thriving … Continue reading Loving My Neighbor Through School Choice

Front Yard Living

At the beginning of the summer, during our daily Quiet Rest Hour, the energy in our house changed. I looked up from my book and felt that it had gone from Quiet Rest “Quiet” to eerily and suspiciously “Quiet.” I closed my book and walked upstairs where I found my oldest daughter obediently and happily … Continue reading Front Yard Living

Review: Loving My Actual Neighbor by Alexandra Kuykendall

When we moved to our cul-de-sac in the suburbs, I didn't realize how intertwined our lives would be with our actual neighbors. My daughters dash across the street, inviting themselves into the house of their best friend. (I'm told this is ok because "we actually family, mom!") Our neighbor two houses down keeps a stash … Continue reading Review: Loving My Actual Neighbor by Alexandra Kuykendall

Best Friends Forever!

I'm honored to be over at my friend, Debby's to kick off her series on friendship. Here's an excerpt and I hope you'll join the conversation over at her place! When we moved into this neighborhood, we couldn’t have known what awaited us, just across the street. If we had been able to include neighbor profiles … Continue reading Best Friends Forever!

Review: The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell + Giveaway

When we moved to this cul-de-sac, a friend posted an Instagram picture with the hashtag #frontyardpeople. I was intrigued. Our neighborhood is one where front yard living is alive and well. Judi often sits on her porch and if we can't find our girls, there's a 90% chance they're sitting with Judi. Another neighbor's grandkids and … Continue reading Review: The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell + Giveaway

Midwinter Lifesavers

It's that time of year. January and its resolutions and catching up is over, February the longest shortest month of the year is ahead. Tax season is looming. It's a good time to stop and remember all the things that are saving my life this winter. Last year, my list included walking and the Mamaroo; … Continue reading Midwinter Lifesavers

A Love That Breaks Down Barriers

Imagine "love." What colors do you see? What shapes? Now, try to think of the word without the color red or a heart. What do you see? I often lead students through this exercise at the museum. An effort to understand that artists are constantly making choices - no matter how simple a drawing or … Continue reading A Love That Breaks Down Barriers

Bike Gangs and Spare Grandparents

When we moved to a cul-de-sac in the suburbs, I had no idea how wonderful the cliche would be. On these lazy summer days, when I'm trying to pare back even our fun playdates, our neighbors keep us from being housebound without an event. (Something Bea loves!) Regularly, kids are out biking and playing. We've got … Continue reading Bike Gangs and Spare Grandparents