Childhood Christmas Traditions

I love Christmas. It’s my second-favorite holiday. Even though our finances are tighter now than they have ever been before, I still enjoy the feeling the holiday brings. I’m entering a new phase now, too: the mother of a child who is excited about each new thing he learns about Christmas. From the Christmas lights … Read more

The Adventures of Happy Boy & Sassy Girl: After Bedtime

Happy Boy and Sassy Girl are always happy when Daddy comes home. Since they haven’t seen him all day, they do everything they can to stay awake so that he can put them to bed. Happily, Happy Boy blows kisses and says “good night” to Mommy. Sassily, Sassy Girl blows kisses and says “good night” … Read more

The Adventures of Happy Boy & Sassy Girl: Preschool

“Hey, Google, what’s on the schedule for today?” “There is only one thing on your calendar today. It is at 1pm and its title is ‘Preschool.’” A smile spreads across Happy Boy’s face. He slides off the couch and jumps up and down. When he hears “preschool” on the schedule, he can’t contain his excitement. … Read more

The Adventures of Happy Boy & Sassy Girl: Music

Happy Boy isn’t always happy. Life is tough when you’re 3 years old. Sassy Girl isn’t always sassy. Life is tough when you’re 1 ½ years old. But it’s hard to be unhappy or unsassy when you hear music. Although they sing many of the kid favorites like “The Wheels on the Bus,” “The Itsy … Read more

The Adventures of Happy Boy & Sassy Girl: The New Baby

Happy Boy is not just happy, he’s very excited. Mormor and Aunt Kissa came and Daddy left to get Mommy from the hospital. They say that Baby Brother will be coming home with them. Mormor helps Happy Boy make a sign to welcome them when they arrive. Sassy Girl is not very excited. She needs … Read more

Searching for Solutions to Pregnancy Problems: A Third-time Mom’s Experience

When I’m pregnant, like many women I visit various websites to find advice on how to deal with pregnancy-related issues. There are a few sites I learned to trust when I was pregnant with my first baby 4 years ago. During my most-recent pregnancy, as a stay-at-home mom, I often looked at their advice and … Read more

Confronting Depression

This week, I’ve been struggling with depression. I hesitate to talk about it for a number of reasons. The most obvious is the personal nature of depression. It’s hard to put into words and there’s a fear that other people just won’t understand. And I’d rather not get into the circumstances that have contributed to … Read more