Raising Good Kids

When We Choose to Shop Local

3-3-18 ben's new bike5

Sweet Benjamin recently turned 4 years old. He was supposed to be the baby (until the twins surprised us!), so I still think of him as my little guy. I told him that he wasn’t allowed to turn 4 because he had to turn 1 again. Le sigh. Ben is the prince of hand-me-downs. He [...]

Faith in Humanity: Restored!


So I meant to write this post months ago, but then school and holidays and sick kids and life distracted me…so here goes: We took a great trip to Europe in August. As I’ve written about before, my favorite souvenirs to bring home from a vacation are pictures so I brought our nice Nikon D90 [...]

Kids Coding with Codeverse

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Like most families in the year 2017, screen usage is an unavoidable fact of our life. But, it also happens to be one of the greatest stresses in the day-to-day life of our family. Chris and I carefully monitor screen time, but the kids never think they have enough. I hate the battle. Chris and I [...]

“Are all those kids yours?”

9-1-17 celebrating 11 years

It seems like everywhere I go around this town I get comments and stares. I get it: there aren’t many families with six young kids, especially living in the middle of a huge city. I hear a lot of you’ve got your hands full! and you must be busy! In general, it is nice to chat with neighbors and [...]

Tearful Goodbyes and Joyful Hellos

9-11-17 walking home from school

My sweet Ben. He recently started preschool. Finally, he can join his siblings in the chaotic morning rush and the evening chatter of “what happened at school today?” As the first day of school neared, he talked about being scared – but then two minutes later he’d talk about feeling excited. He’s seen enough pick-ups [...]


6-30-17 evie's 9th birthday

Evie, my oldest, recently turned 9. It might not sound as momentous as turning 10, but, for me, 9 is a really big deal. It’s halftime. Except, now is not the time for rest. Now is the time to keep moving! All the time we’ve had with our Evie is equivalent to all the time [...]

Look At Me!


I never really considered myself a prude. Until I had kids. Now, I often feel sad by how much they are exposed to despite their young ages. Just a few examples: 1. A suburban sex shop constantly has a racy billboard on 290, a major expressway here in the Chicago area. The ads always feature a [...]


1-21-17 women's march7

Yesterday, with temperatures solidly in the 60s and sunshine galore, Evie, Juliet, Elinor and I joined 250,000 other people for the Women’s March here in Chicago. The presidential nominations, election and inauguration last year caused so much strife and turmoil in our good country, and I am exhausted from it. Marching seemed like a good [...]

Here Come MY Girls!

11-8-16 we voted

Juliet and Elinor were born back in August, but last week we received a formal letter from the White House celebrating their birth! I’m not on a first name basis with Barack or Michelle, but my girls still got a great note to add to their baby books. Making the request was easy: just go [...]

Racist Waitress

Now that the twins are here, it seems like we attract attention everywhere we go. I’m not sure if it is the twin-thing, or the six-kids-in-the-city thing, but I can’t get through the grocery store or down the sidewalk without comments and questions from strangers. I know people (usually) have good intentions, so I’m (usually) [...]

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