Our Third Child


Today I’d like to tell you about one member of our family who rarely gets mentioned here. Her name is Zoey, and she is our dog. She goes to this wonderful place called doggy day care on Fridays and today was my day to drive her there. As she stared alertly out the front window, […]

Big Sister, Little Sister

Bird Kisses

When I was four, I attempted to lift my baby brother, Cody, out of his bouncer. He was crying, and no one else was in the room; I thought I’d do him a favor. My good deed was rewarded with a handful of poop, a horrifying sight for any child, but especially for a child […]

Thank You, Purple

Toy Car

After several days of refusing to wear anything that isn’t purple, it’s become increasingly apparent that Savannah has discovered her first favorite color. This morning, after declining one green hair bow after another, I finally pulled out a purple one and stuck it in her hair. Satisfied, she smiled, kicked her feet in honest delight […]



Summer’s coming (or is it here?), and in true summer-fashion, I’m not feeling particularly motivated to write about anything. Winter, I’ve found, is for writing. Summer is for reading. So, how about a summer reading list? These are some of my current favorites. If you’ve got the interest and the time in the warm months […]

Time Machine


“A smell can bring on a flood of memories, influence people’s moods and even affect their word performance. Because the olfactory bulb is part of the brain’s limbic system, an area so closely associated with memory and feeling it’s sometimes called the ‘emotional brain,’ smell can call up memories and powerful responses almost instantaneously” (Sarah […]