Raising Good Kids

Bird’s Nest!

11-19-13 bird nest

Today on our walk home after picking Evie up from school, we found the *coolest* thing in our alleyway: an empty bird’s nest. In perfect condition. To my 3 and 5 year old city kids, the day got instantly awesome! Mack leaped from the stroller to gently retrieve it.  He was concerned: where would the [...]

What’s Gonna Work? Teamwork!


A few weeks ago, Evie had her friend Bella over for a play date after school.  The girls came through the front door giggling and marched right upstairs to the bedroom where Vivian had just awoken from her nap.  After a couple minutes, I went up to retrieve Sleeping Beauty, only to find that she [...]

What Veteran’s Day is All About


Here in our house, Veteran’s Day is a pretty important holiday.  Chris served as a Captain in the Army, and even though he returned from his deployment 8 years ago, we still feel a very real connection to that time in his life. To make the day extra special this year, I employed the kids [...]

Don’t Call Me Crazy

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Over the past couple months, the news has slowly emerged that we are expecting our fourth baby.  I’m not a big “announcer” and I don’t like attention directed at me, so I am always a little quiet about sharing news like this.  Plus, I am guarded and anxious when it comes to the baby growing [...]

Why Can’t Every Day Be Like Halloween?

10-31-13 halloween

Halloween was just the other day, and despite the steady rain the kids and I ventured out for trick-or-treating.  Had we let the weather deter us, I’m pretty sure Evie and Mack would have been heartbroken for the next 364 days.  A combination of rain, sleet and snow couldn’t have kept them inside! We wandered [...]

“A Pleasant Shopping Experience”

1-10-13 whole foods

Ugh. I just returned from a trip to the grocery store with Evie and Mack. As we walked into the store, I told them that I would get them each a chocolate milk if they behaved.  They both were fine as we shopped.  When we got to check out, I realized I forgot the broccoli, [...]

We ALL Can Protect ALL Kids

I spent three hours this weekend in a dank church basement. It was a sunny, beautiful fall morning, and while Chris and the kids enjoyed the farmers’ market and park, I sat in an uncomfortable chair learning about child sexual abuse, not the most comfortable of topics.  But, attending the session is a requirement for [...]

A Lesson From Trayvon

I haven’t slept well for a week and a half.  Ever since Trayvon Martin’s murderer was set free, I’ve been haunted. The verdict was alarming and disheartening for me, and it makes me anxious to live in a country where this sort of crime can go unpunished. Through some strange loophole in a faulty law, [...]

Thank You, Firefighters!!


The news out of Arizona this week is so sad.  So, so sad.  Nineteen firefighters tragically died when a wildfire they were battling grew out of control.  They leave behind wives and children and parents and siblings. Some left behind pregnant wives. I am haunted by these deaths.  These firefighters (all firefighters, really) were some [...]

A Chilly Night

I couldn’t fall asleep last night. Just before Chris and I went up to bed, we heard a woman yelling in the courtyard behind our home. We live in a busy part of a big city, and occasionally people who don’t live in our development stroll through, picking through trashcans or perhaps taking a shortcut.  [...]

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