Five Minute Friday: Miss

I miss my mini-van. It made life so easy with kids, pets and equipment. Everyone had a seat near a window and rarely did anyone complain that "she's sitting too close to me".  I had space to breathe in that car, space to be present but not super imposing even when all seven seats were … Continue reading Five Minute Friday: Miss

Five Minute Friday: Belong

I picture you here, snuggled under layers of covers, watching movies with your sisters. I picture Sunday morning pancakes, Friday night pizza parties, and ice-cream runs in the middle of the week. I picture Lego building marathons, afternoons baking cookies, trips to libraries, the museums, and the soccer fields. I picture you. You were not … Continue reading Five Minute Friday: Belong

This is my inside

I hoped Ed Sheeran would be my muse this morning. His music has been playing on shuffle for the last hour, but instead of being creatively ignited by rhythm and lyrics, I have merely been bobbing my head up and down, rocking shoulders left and right, in the midst of an imaginary crowd of musicians, surrounded … Continue reading This is my inside

I measure my success in smiles

I'll be honest. I wasn't completely sure what home school would do to this household. Often what I think things will look like, and how they actually emerge, don't fit exactly right. Many times I find myself chiseling away at the rough edges until things fall into place more easily. But I knew we needed … Continue reading I measure my success in smiles

Five Minute Friday: Afraid

Her voice sounds jumbled and explosive echoing through the car speakers. "Why did you leave me, Mommy?" she cries, "Why did you leave me?" The tears are flooding the connection, and my eyes start to water too. She sounds frantic. "I'll be right back," I soothe, "don't you remember what we talked about last night? … Continue reading Five Minute Friday: Afraid