I will tell them someday, when they’re old enough to understand. I’ll start with the usual (two pink lines, etc.) because that’s where these things always begin, in unsuspecting normalcy. They were alive then, two pulsing spheres already crafting their noose, and I – their mother – oblivious. It’s incredible, I’ll say, how you started […]

A Hodgepodge Hello

Hi! Remember me? My name is Kara and I have a blog. I also have a full time job and four kids so it should surprise no one that I’ve fallen off the face of the digital earth in the last few months. Consider this a feeble wave from one of the many black holes […]



Things I don’t want to forget about these days, in no particular order: 1 // Savannah’s sudden love of the word “quite.” “These strawberries are quite good.” … “This homework is quite hard.” … “Bed time? No thanks. Not quite yet.” 2 // Caroline’s bashful head turn when she smiles, like her sweet little heart […]



Someday, days or months or decades from now, the weight of this year will roll in like a quiet storm. It will inch its way up my throat and unleash a lifetime of terror and relief, of gratitude and growth. Someday, long after the last bottle is made and the last diaper is changed and […]

Pressing Pause

Despite how it may appear, I haven’t forgotten about this space. It’s always in the back of my mind – as I’m driving to Iowa City, as I’m grading papers, as I’m nodding off to the mind numbing swoosh-swoosh-swoosh of a breast pump. You should write, I tell myself, but then I make breakfast instead […]