The Work of Summer

The first full week of summer has come and gone. The kids have spent their days at camp and several home improvement projects are underway. The weather has been a soggy mess for weeks, leaving me with an overgrown lawn and a yearning to be outside. I miss my morning walks. Summer always seems to... Continue Reading →

The End of the School Year

Another school year has drawn to a close. Unlike 2020 and 2021, my kids spent the entire year in the classroom. Which felt like a major accomplishment... until my 10-year-old tested positive for Covid with only two remaining school days left. He was quite bummed. To be honest, I was also bummed. It's not like... Continue Reading →

Burnout Has Changed Me

I've reached a pandemic phase of not-quite-back-to-normal, not-in-crisis mode. It doesn't take much to exhaust me these days and I can't tell if that's a leftover from burnout. #pandemicparenting

The Third Pandemic Birthday

Quentin turned 10 years old this week. His birthday was five days after our state shut down in 2020 due to Covid-19. We had plans to go to a hotel with a waterpark and had to cancel. Last year wasn't that exciting either. A March birthday means we couldn't reliably plan to have an outdoor... Continue Reading →

How Far We’ve Come

On this day two years ago, we were increasingly concerned about Covid-19. Large organizations were beginning to shut down. Certain cities had become hotspots, with hospitals quickly filling. I was supposed to attend a book event that week and it was canceled. On March 12th, 2020, Ger and I made a huge trip to the... Continue Reading →

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