Confessions of a Dancing Monkey

Confessions of a Dancing Monkey

May 28

Confession: I am one of those mothers who has succumbed to the unspoken pressure to entertain my children at all times. {Gosh, it feels good to get that off my chest.} I have known it is true, but I haven’t wanted to admit it to myself. I planned Salem and Mia’s summer calendar back in March– outings, projects, trips, morning and evening activities and everything in-between....

{Guest Post} with Ashleigh from Ungrind

{Guest Post} with Ashleigh from Ungrind

May 21

I asked my friend Ashleigh to share some thoughts on a rather personal and painful topic. Having never lived through the pain of experiencing a miscarriage myself, I have only been able to sympathize with many of my friends who have endured such a tragic ordeal. I have read this story many times in preparation to share it with you, yet I am still struck by the honesty, the courage, and the...

Field Day

Field Day

May 16

Today is Salem’s very first Field Day at preschool. If he displays even an ounce more athleticism than his parents (who were always the last pick in dodge ball), we may be forced to change his name to Bo and make him his very own trading card. My darling, aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a musician. Should something go awry this day you discover that you have a three-legged...

A Family Yearbook

A Family Yearbook

May 14

Do you keep up with the baby books? I feel a twinge of guilt whenever I am folding laundry, and I look up at the shelf above utility sink at the two baby books that I started before each of my children were born. The blue one is bursting with first haircuts, ticket stubs, sticky notes of funny sayings, and napkins from first birthday parties. The pink one looks like the binding has never been...

{Guest Post} with Elizabeth from Bite An Elephant…

{Guest Post} with Elizabeth from Bite An Elephant…

Apr 29

{Image via SWG Photography} Elizabeth is one of my dearest friends and long-time inspirations. She is the Wellness Programs Director at Chick-Fil-A, and she has dedicated her life to motivating others toward better health. I have picked her brain about everything from dairy products to bicycle shorts, so I was thrilled when she agreed to share her thoughts on her first pregnancy, her changing...

Twenty-Year Survival Plan

Twenty-Year Survival Plan

Apr 16

{Image via Bear Robot’s Etsy shop} …that’s what Jennifer prescribed during our last session. Part of me wished I has misunderstood and she really had said milligrams, but no. She said Clark and I needed to put together our twenty-year survival plan for raising a child with Autism. I have practiced a few Nervous Breakdown Prevention Methods over recent months, but I have learned...