Dear Moms…

It is 5:37am and I am sitting on the porch waiting for my tea to kick in and my brain to get going so that I can do a bit … Continue reading Dear Moms…

Hey, Dr. Who… I Need to Go Back to 1995

If I could hop into the Tardis with The Doctor and go back twenty years to give myself one piece of parenting advice, it would be this: Delight in your … Continue reading Hey, Dr. Who… I Need to Go Back to 1995

A Day Off

Last night I dreamt of fishing for giant pirranhas that turned into woeful, suffering dogs when hauled upon the pier. They lay there staring at me in silent suffering, waiting … Continue reading A Day Off

Peace in the Pressure Cooker

We have been into this summer thing for two and a half days now and I am already losing my mind. As a rule, my work/parenting goal is to keep … Continue reading Peace in the Pressure Cooker

From the Seat of Doom to the Arms of Grace

I heard daily reports about *Carlos before I ever laid eyes on him. He was new to my kids’ middle school and was making quite an impression. Every day that … Continue reading From the Seat of Doom to the Arms of Grace

Laughing Into The Abyss (Don’t Mess With Me- I’m CRAZY)

It has been a rotten week so far at the Gragg house- major damage was discovered from a long simmering chimney leak. Now, there is a big hole in my … Continue reading Laughing Into The Abyss (Don’t Mess With Me- I’m CRAZY)

Letting Go

Sometime around 3am last night, The Big Easy finally settled down to sleep. I lay awake in the dark behind more layers of locked and barred gates and doors than … Continue reading Letting Go

Mt. Vesuvius in a Onesie…and a Prayer for Mother’s of Newborns

My oldest daughter entered the world on a cold, early spring day. In the middle of the grueling work of late labor, I looked up from my hospital bed to … Continue reading Mt. Vesuvius in a Onesie…and a Prayer for Mother’s of Newborns

In Appreciation of the Every Day Miraculous

A group of dwarves sat huddled together: suspicious, angry, and self-consumed as the stars fell out of the sky and the great Lion, Aslan shut the door on Narnia one … Continue reading In Appreciation of the Every Day Miraculous

Introvert + 5 Kids= Conflict

I am an introvert…who had five children.  There is a conflict here. This year, I am pretty sure there was a Doctor Who worthy “wibbly wobbly timey wimey” thing that … Continue reading Introvert + 5 Kids= Conflict

How Adoption Changed My Biological Son

I sat on the porch swing sipping coffee this morning as I watched my three middle school kids wait for the bus at the end of the driveway. Girl, Boy, … Continue reading How Adoption Changed My Biological Son

A Prayer for the Mom Who Blew It Today

I have a friend who is the kind of mom I always thought I should be. She is soft-spoken, patient and sweet. I, well…I am just..not. She home schools her … Continue reading A Prayer for the Mom Who Blew It Today