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My city burned last night. A peaceful protest highlighting the systemic injustices that led to the vicious murder of George Floyd descended into complete anarchy. As we sat watching the news late into the early morning hours, I was struck by fear. Fear of the unknown and fear of having no control. How can any […]


Books to the Rescue!

Saturday. Or is it Wednesday? Does it even matter? Who knows?! Now in our umpteenth week of quarantine, the days are blurring together. Weekends don’t really feel special anymore, except for the fact that I don’t have to constantly herd the kids back to the dining table to finish their eLearning. To be honest, I […]


Grateful For This Day

My big girls are off school all week for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the boys had to go Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. While it might seem annoying to have kids on two different school calendars, it actually works really well for our large family as I’m always grateful for time with a smaller crew every […]


Life is Happening

My 11-year-old daughter recently pointed out that I haven’t written on Homemade Mothering much lately. She loves reading posts on this site – especially ones from when she was little. It really is our family’s record book. But, lately, life has just been so BUSY. So full. Which, I am absolutely grateful for because we […]


“A Very Hungry Caterpillar Show” at The Chicago Children’s Theatre

After a dry, hot summer, this weekend’s weather was a bit surprising: torrential thunderstorms! Sticks of lightening! Many, many inches of rain! All baseball games were canceled, and since Chris took the car all weekend to a Notre Dame game with his friends I was – in theory – stuck at home with six kids. […]


Camp Favors

Evie and Mack spent a week at sleepaway camp this summer. The YMCA camp they attended oozed classic Americana: archery, canoeing, camp fires with silly songs, mosquitos, s’mores. It is the same camp I went to as a kid, so it was a nostalgic trip to bring my kids back! When I went to camp […]


If You Are Gay

This summer the whole family has really gotten into Netflix’s Queer Eye series, where five gay men transform the lives of people who need a boost. Chris started watching it first, and he said it was a truly great show, so the kids and I piled onto his bandwagon and it has been our family […]


Pesky Poppy Problem…Solved!

When the Elinor and Juliet were born almost three years ago (ohmygosh has it really been that long?!) I entered what I now refer to as Survival Mode. Twins are hard enough, but when four older kids are also a very vital part of the overall picture life becomes…desperate?…chaotic?…challenging, shall we say? With Survival Mode […]


Grandma Gloria’s Italian Cream Recipe

My Mack is STILL in school. Chicago Public Schools might just be the last school in the entire country to let out for the summer. I actually don’t mind: we’ve had a crappy start to the summer as far as the weather goes, so he might as well enjoy the heat of August and early […]


Fun Thing Canceled Day

Easter was 80 degrees and sunshine. The week following encouraged long walks under fair blue skies. Then, this past weekend happened. Snow. SNOW on the last Saturday in April. Like, a lot of snow. And rain. So much muck that all the fun stuff we planned for the weekend was canceled. Perhaps the saddest cancellation […]


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