Momming

A large part of me always wanted to be a teacher. In college, I mentored writing students and when I transferred to Iowa, I went on to work at a preschool and child care center, staying a year after graduation while I tried to figure out what my next step would be. I applied for […]

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: BLESS THE SINGLE PARENTS. Seth returned home late last night after a 5-day/4-night guys trip and let me tell ya, there is nothing that makes me question my parenting abilities or tests my patience quite like being the sole care provider for my kids […]

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The other evening Seth and I were sitting around talking about a variety of things when I made a comment about how I wanted to start running again. “I could probably start going back down to the trail and running in the mornings…” My voice trailed off as I reconsidered saying what I was about […]

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: I don’t know who said the twos were terrible but I could not disagree more. Matty’s twos were magic. He was hilarious, communicative and an all around joy to be around. Bot’s twos, so far, have been mellow in comparison to his rage-filled, psychotic […]

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My husband is a careful man. He’s cautious and predictable, sturdy and stable. He worries. He double and triple checks. He analyzes the placement of the knives on the countertop and not-so-slyly checks the lock on the oven door when I’m cooking dinner. He makes sound financial choices and he’s conservative with our money, despite […]

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I’ve let a few days pass since hundreds of thousands of kids across the country marched for their lives. I’ve let it all sink in. I’ve seen all of the footage, I’ve read a lot of the articles – from both sides, I’ve watched the interviews, I’ve tried to understand the other side of the […]

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I would be rich if I had a dollar for every time I’ve uttered a phrase that started with, “Well, ever since I had kids…” In fact, just this morning I said it. It was 7:10 am and I was sitting in the quaint Quick Care office located within my local Hy-Vee and the doctor […]

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Is it just me or is parenthood basically a bunch of adults doing and thinking about a bunch of shit they never, in a million years, imagined they would ever do? Don’t lie. I know it’s not just me. I mean, have you ever had one of those moments where you find yourself doing something […]

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Michaela is Mom to Lily (11), Collin (8) and Myra (10 mo) and she’s also a full-time teacher, but not in the sense you’re probably envisioning. Michaela does something I could never do but have admittedly been thinking more and more about in the midst of all of this year’s school shootings, she homeschools! When […]

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I need to tell you about the batpocolypse that happened in our home the other night. It was the boys’ first experience with a bat in close quarters (whereas it was, like, my 5th) and it told me a lot about my survival style – AKA every man for himself – AKA Abbott’s scarred for […]

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