Tag Archives: Parenting

Quotable // from Melanie Shankle

Quotable // from Melanie Shankle

“I feel like there are so many clichés about motherhood. It’s hard not to repeat what has already been said in various ways from the moment time began. And as I think about all the declarations that have been made about mother love, I realize it’s because motherhood is the thing in a woman’s life that catches her by total and complete surprise. . . . Even if we’ve dreamed of having babies of our own, there is nothing that prepares us for the way that moment cracks open our hearts and pours in the type of pure love we never knew existed.” ~ Melanie Shankle (from Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn)

Motherhood, Unexpected

Motherhood, Unexpected

I always wanted to be a mom. Sure, there were other ambitions along the way—some highly imaginative (like my dreams of becoming a professional tightrope walker or Broadway performer), others more realistic and eventually attained (earning my teaching credential, going skydiving, living outside of California). But Wife and Mom were the two titles I wanted… Continue Reading

Opportunities for Grace

Opportunities for Grace

The silence should have tipped me off to the fact that something was amiss. Every parent knows that a mysteriously quiet child is sleeping, sick, or up to no good. But to be honest, I was too exhausted to notice or care. Charleston and I were less than thirty minutes into our morning, and already… Continue Reading

Charleston’s Gold Stars

Charleston’s Gold Stars

Winter is a heavy accumulation season for our family, and for Charleston in particular, thanks to the compounding factors of Christmas and his January birthday. (Poor family planning on my part, I know.) Consequently, Charleston has added a number of exciting new items to his arsenal of toys and accessories in the past few months. In… Continue Reading

What I Learned in 2017

What I Learned in 2017

It’s true what they say, life really does speed up with each passing year. I could have sworn that I just pressed Publish on What I Learned in 2016, and here I am sitting down to reflect on yet another year. It’s funny to think about what has changed in the last twelve months, and what… Continue Reading

Lately // September 2017

Lately // September 2017

My last few personal updates have been on the sadish side—perhaps more dramatically so than I had intended, as evidenced by the concerned messages I received from readers who began checking in to see if I was doing okay. Thankfully, my moods have taken a drastic turn for the better in the past few weeks,… Continue Reading

In the Spotlight: Podcasts for Parents

In the Spotlight: Podcasts for Parents

Wherever you are on the parenting journey—from expectant parent to empty nester—I’m sure you will agree that while much of parenting comes naturally, there is a lot that doesn’t: birthing, caring for, and raising a child is one of life’s greatest joys and also one of its biggest challenges. Though I’m less than two years… Continue Reading

Lately // September 2016

Lately // September 2016

Isn’t September wonderful? It offers the same fresh start as the New Year, but without January’s dreary weather or post-Christmas blues. September = Summer Weather AND new beginnings, plus all things pumpkin, with a healthy dose of autumn decor added in; what’s not to love?! This month has definitely felt like a new chapter for… Continue Reading