6 Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Having a Tween Girl


My daughter is less than a week away from her 11th birthday. A decade felt like a big deal–double digits!–but eleven, eleven feels like a teeter into older that takes my breath away. How is this even possible?   She has grown and changed so very much and so very quickly in these last few […]

How Your Tween’s Private Photo Could Go Viral (And Why Private Accounts Aren’t The Answer)


When my husband Jason and I decided to give our daughter a phone and an Instagram account, these gifts came with a string: she agreed to having many, many (so very many) open conversations with us about using social media kindly. The first time we sat down together to discuss the kinds of photos she may share on […]

How To Focus In Instead Of Out


We spend a lot of time watching volleyball games. “A lot of time watching volleyball games” means “it’s a good thing we really like the kids and parents and coaches” because they’re our people now. As parents we cheer and sigh and cross our fingers. We fill water bottles and pass granola bars and hug for […]

This is 39


39 is well worn routines. It’s strong coffee, black, in the same yellow mug, everyday. It’s a daily 5:am wake up call. It’s less snooze buttons and more quiet skies, warm fleece, and many words, all with that mug in hand. It’s going to bed shortly after the kids do. 39 is my favorite recipes written in […]

1000 Voices for Compassion #kindnesswins


Right before my 35th birthday … I began to write for someone else. Right before my 36th birthday … I gifted myself this blog, a place to write for myself, a place to stand on my own. Right before my 37th birthday … I saw how much that gift meant, still means. I realized I could write […]

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