Thoughts & Inspirations

The Last Push

While Ben was at swim lessons the other day, I brought the other kids to play at the adjacent playground. The twins were so happy to roll down the slide and Vivian was content to chase after them. A fine spring day indeed! Evie and her friend Anna Maria hung out on their own, caught […]


For Our Mothers All Over the World

Like most people on this planet, I was transfixed when Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned this week. How could 850 years of history *almost* go up in flames in the span of one afternoon? During Holy Week, of all times? After the fire many friends shared photos of their time at Notre Dame. Even […]


This One’s For My Girls

Even though I live in a big city with my big family, often I feel lonely. With so much to do, I don’t have enough time or opportunities to meaningfully connect with people. I know am lucky to surround myself with (a lot of) little humans who adore me, but sometimes I just want a […]


My Lost Ring

Sometime last weekend, later Saturday or Sunday night, I took the four rings I always wear on my left hand off to apply lotion. I normally – always! – ONLY put them in a certain box in my closet, but since the lotion was in the kitchen I decided to put the rings in a […]


Special Time

With six kids, I carry constant guilt because they are always forced to make sacrifices on behalf of their siblings. Many times throughout the day, I have at least two kids needing my time and attention, and I wish so bad I could give them each exactly what they need exactly when they need it. Some […]


Bay with My Bae

Chris and I took a trip out west earlier this month to celebrate my cousin’s wedding at an idyllic California vineyard. We left the kids at home while we enjoyed four days in the sunshine. The last time Chris and I took a kid-free trip was SEVEN years ago when I was pregnant with Vivian. Preparing for […]


Forced From Home

This morning, after dropping the big kids off at school, the twins and I walked downtown. Clear blue skies. Birds still chirping. Passerbys sipping pumpkin spice lattes. That kind of gorgeous fall day when I recognize and feel grateful for living when and where I do. The feeling continued once we arrived at our destination: […]


My Neighborhood

Last weekend, on a warm and sunny Saturday, three innocent people were shot in my Chicago neighborhood. In broad daylight. At a Peace Picnic with kids and families present. A fourth person was badly beaten. It was almost a mass shooting. To many outsiders, I’m sure our decision to remain in this neighborhood seems insane. […]


Thank You for Helping Me

Perhaps one of the greatest misconceptions of our time is that women can now, after thousands of years of toil and turmoil, “have it all.” For all the youngin’s out there, I have some breaking news: You cannot have it all. No one gets to have an amazingly fulfilling career while raising a family while […]


Shithole.

Here we go again. Again, America’s presdient spoke in manner wholly unbecoming of the leader of the free world. In a manner that directly conflicts with so much of what I believe. When the Chicago Tribune shared an opinion piece “Your response to Trump’s racist ‘shithole’ comment will be remembered” yesterday I took it to […]


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