A Love Letter to My Friends

Dear Amazing Friends, I can barely begin to describe the beauty that you bring to my world. When life is busy and the road is winding, each of you provides a beacon of hope and joy. You are the sparks of light along the way that make the journey infinitely more enjoyable. Whether it’s laughterContinue reading “A Love Letter to My Friends”

A Love Letter to my Husband

Dear Handsome Husband, I know this phase of life feels a little tricky at times. I know that there never seems to be enough time or energy or money to go around. I know our days are endlessly consumed with meeting the needs of small children, with little left for ourselves, much less each other.Continue reading “A Love Letter to my Husband”

A Love Letter To Myself

With Valentine’s Day looming on the horizon, it’s a time of great love and even greater expectations. We all want to feel loved, cherished, adored, and noticed. Perhaps we wait with bated breath for someone else to tell us we’re worthy. Perhaps we feel a deep sense of disappointment and self doubt if we eitherContinue reading “A Love Letter To Myself”

When Love Is Not Enough

The room is dark as I quietly creep in and gaze down at my older daughter’s sweet sleeping face, filled with the peace of a deep slumber. I kneel beside her little bed and touch her lips, pursed in a rare moment of silence, as they have been busy all day forming new words. IContinue reading “When Love Is Not Enough”

It Starts With Us

In the wake of the unsettling and all too common sexual abuse scandal of yet another famous figure, and the #metoo campaign that entailed, we’ve been forced to face the harsh reality that sexual abuse, lack of respect for others’ bodies, and ignorance of physical consent are rampant problems in our society. As the motherContinue reading “It Starts With Us”

Happy Hygge-Days!

Christmas may have come and gone, but the long, cold winter still stretches endlessly in front of us. We have sixty more days of this snowy season, to be exact. People love to hate winter; complaining about the cold seems to be a favorite national pastime. And I get it. I live in Chicago, soContinue reading “Happy Hygge-Days!”

The First Ten

Today marks ten years since I first met my husband. A decade. A third of my life I’ve now spent with this man. When I think back to that fateful night ten years ago, it feels like the time that’s passed is both a lifetime and a blink. In the span of the last decadeContinue reading “The First Ten”

Light up the Night

Yesterday was the winter solstice. The shortest day of the year. Or the longest night, if you’re an optimist.┬áThe sun set at 4:22 pm, which meant as my children were waking up from their afternoon naps, the sun was already slipping below the horizon. This can make winter feel like a limiting time. Especially forContinue reading “Light up the Night”

Broken Kitchen Cabinets

The day started with a cold and dark awakening. Eyes open before the sun even began to peak over the horizon. I was squeezed in bed between two tiny bodies with a chorus of echoing cries; my children’s needs already pressing in on me from both sides. As I dragged myself out of bed andContinue reading “Broken Kitchen Cabinets”

The Un-Gift Guide

I recently wrote about my distaste for the tradition of forced gifting for the holidays and the unnecessary stuff that comes along with it. But I know, too, that gifting brings immense joy, and a carefully curated present can be a heartfelt expression of love. I’m also aware that there are some societal pressures aroundContinue reading “The Un-Gift Guide”