Eat your vegetables. Brush your teeth. Look both ways before you cross the street. Say please and thank you. Don’t use mean words. Wash your hands—with soap—after you go to the bathroom. We know them well: the parental platitudes of...
It’s a huge election year. Candidates in local, state, and national races are freaking out. There’s a lot on the line. Voters are angrier and crazier than ever. But you know who I can’t stop thinking about? The children of...
My parents just got divorced. Why now? They were together for over 40 years. I was shocked when they told me, a few months ago, what they were doing. Now that the divorce is final, I'm still making sense...
I have every reason to be mad at God. My husband, Ian, and I were married right out of college. Nine years later, we were living a picture perfect life. My dream of being a stay-at-home mom came true....

Stealing The Moon

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“Mommy, I’m going to snuggle with you for the rest of my life.” Oh, precious boy. It is the eve of your fourth birthday, and these words speak so sweetly to my heart. These words that come unprompted, out of...
Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. It’s been longer than I care to admit since my last confession. The thing that has been gnawing at me for some time is the lack of a spiritual home for my...
So, there I was, trying to distract—er…educate—my children as we were waiting at the park for friends, when a woman jogging by slowed and eventually stopped, looking over at my child. “Excuse me,” she said. “What is your daughter doing...
OK, life threw us a curveball. Our partnerships ended, and we’ve found ourselves needing to be the breadwinner for our households. It’s scary as heck. Not only are we recovering from heartache, but we’ve been out of the work...
I was raised with the idea that you are always polite, you mind your manners, you treat others as you’d want them to treat you, and there are some things you just don’t do—unless you want to feel the...
When I was young, I was a pretty sick kid. I had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Kawasaki's disease, and chronic strep throat that led to a tonsillectomy. I remember the sick days well: my mom would let me lie on...
Recently, a dear friend told me that I make my life look easy. She was complimenting me on how I was usually pretty upbeat and that I managed to make a demanding job, three kids, volunteering, family/friends, etc. look...
If you are an avid consumer of Nick Jr. as we are in this household, you probably know quite a few commercial taglines just as well as you know your kids’ favorite cartoons’ theme songs. One day you’re humming...

A Love Letter to My Tribe

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A big chunk of February is covered in hearts, cupids, and ooey-gooey mushy love stuff. Since this is a month to declare your love, I want to give a big hug, smooch, and shout-out to the tribe that surrounds...
When my eldest daughter was born, I scoffed at the idea of introducing my kids to television. I devoured every AAP study about the harms of showing TV shows to children, and swore to keep my kids screen-free for...

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Your Guide to the Best Holiday Light Displays in San Antonio...

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If ever there was a year that needed a bit of extra sparkle, 2020 is it. The glow and twinkle of holiday lights seems...