Today I’m feeling particularly grateful for my husband, who is currently at the grocery store rounding up everything we need for dinner tonight. We tag team meals a lot – both the cooking and the shopping. It’s been a weekend full of gratitude with him. The kids didn’t have school Friday, so he stayed home with them and offered to watch a friend’s daughter as … Continue reading Gratitude #6: The Hubs
Today my friend Jeanette added a photo to Facebook. It was taken 20 years ago at her wedding: I am Puffy Sleeves #3 and #4 to the right of the bride, and Clark is the guy behind me who used to have hair. This photo captures the day – 20 year ago – that Clark and I became a couple. Dave and Jeanette matched us up … Continue reading Twenty Years Already?!
Sunday was our 12 year wedding anniversary. My friend Nancy offered to watch the kids, but we decided it would be fun to get spiffed up as a family and head out to a fancy restaurant together. Just the four of us. It was a decent plan, but when the big day rolled around no one wanted to leave the house. So we scratched baseball … Continue reading Happy Anniversary to Us!
If you ever find yourself in need of a good fairy tale, just flip on a commercial for one of those big box home improvement stores. Lowe’s and Home Depot would like us to believe that home projects are magical family bonding experiences. Have you seen the Lowe’s commercial featuring a young, attractive couple skipping through the store aisles before giddily loading their truck with … Continue reading Green Pastures
This weekend we participated in “Homer Sea Week” with our children’s school community. It was a 3-day family field trip, and nearly all of our kids’ classmates made the 5-hour trek to Homer to explore tidepools, observe shorebirds, and connect with other families. The teachers put together an amazing activity booklet to entertain kids on the long drive to Homer. It was decorated with student … Continue reading Homer Sea Week: The Prelude
On Sunday Clark decided to take the kids hunting. A light dusting of snow had fallen the day before, so apparently the conditions were ripe for tracking without trudging. Clark has been dreaming about this day since the kids were conceived (probably longer) just as much as I’ve been dreading it. Don’t get me wrong: I’m grateful Sam and Maggie have a dad whose greatest … Continue reading Bunnies and Pachyderms
Growing up, I would often hear women refer to themselves as “football widows.” It never resonated with me, since college football was more of a lifestyle than a hobby in my family. My mother and grandmothers and aunts were very much alive and present on game days, cursing and screaming throughout every play. In fact, when I look back, the whole world seemed a few … Continue reading Classic Marriage
I type tonight with dirty fingernails, weary muscles, and sunburned skin. It is Memorial Day weekend, and for that I am grateful. Especially grateful to the men – my grandfathers included – and women who fought to make this a country where we can all make our own choices about most anything one can choose to make a choice about. Thank you. This weekend we … Continue reading At Least We Smell Like We Went Camping
Last week Clark and I celebrated the big 1-0. Really? Ten years of marriage… that’s it?! What a ripoff! When you date and live with someone for eight years before heading down the aisle, the wedding anniversaries just don’t paint a true picture of your history together. Our history. Hmmmm. Let’s reflect. I’d love to spout out a line or two about pre-kid days, but … Continue reading A Photographic History of Us
It seems like so many of our greatest accomplishments in life go unnoticed. Since becoming a mother I sometimes feel bitter about this, secretly wishing my family would paint me a homemade merit badge for all it takes to keep our little unit happy. It’s not easy to simultaneously keep our children alive (I mean nurtured) and the countertops free of cereal crumbs (I mean … Continue reading Guilty Rewards