Fill Your Cup

The other day, a friend of mine posted this on her Facebook: Remember to take care of yourself. You can't pour from an empty cup.  This is especially convicting for me because I have been very focused on my first word…

Keep Hoping Machine Running

Several years ago I wrote a tribute to Woody Guthrie on my blog and it was one of the least popular things I’ve ever written (ha!). I don’t care, I’m at it again, talking about Woody Guthrie. Today, it’s about…

Library Book Parade: Extra Yarn

 Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen are two fantastic children's authors, so it's no surprise that when they teamed up to write something together, it is magical. Extra Yarn is so good that after renting it several times from the library, I decided…

Bright Mom: Mandy

My motherhood journey is just winging it. I think that you just have to find what works for you. There's a lot of noise as a mom in this age. There's always a blog about breastfeeding vs bottle feeding, or spanking…

Library Book Parade: Pool

Even though the past two winters in Texas have been really mild (and not unbearable for me), I am still dreaming of summer. Stella is four and still figuring out what is weather and seasonally appropriate, so she occasionally still asks…

Our Song

There's a wonderful full circle feeling when Stella requests I play "Your Song" in the car. "The loud version," she says, meaning the one sung by Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge, rather than the classic Elton John track. I love them…

50 Working Parent Weekends

If you're a working parent who longs to stay home with your children, I advise you don't look at your paycheck too closely. I'm kidding, of course... But be warned--there is a spot on the check that tells you how many hours you've…