Out one Door


Today was Sam’s last day of daycare.  I am confident in saying it was more traumatic for me than it was for him. We have been amazingly lucky to have wonderful daycare providers who have invited my kids into their home and their hearts.  They have loved and nurtured both my boys and given them a safe place to grow from the babies they were carried in as to the kids they will walk out as. They threw Sam a wonderful party today – complete with his favorite lunch (Tania’s homemade rice and beans) and cupcakes and took picture after … Read more

Let Them Be Boys – Hose


I always thought I would be a girl mom.  Even though I had two brothers the thought of raising boys was foreign to me.  Until . . . Until, I held my sweet Sam in my arms for the first time.  Until I looked into Will’s wild eyes.  In those moments I knew that I was meant to be their mom.  I was meant to be a mom of boys. They are my chaos.  Shaking up my carefully balanced world. But I realized on a recent trip to Indiana that all too often I try to control their wild.  I … Read more

Making Sense of the Senseless

The World seems crazy right now.  This week has been a never-ending stream of terror and loss and sadness-the Boston bombings, the Texas plant explosion, a blogger losing her special needs son too soon. I continue to be grateful that my boys are too young to understand or notice any of this.  I don’t have to figure out how to explain evil and death to them, I don’t have to assure them of their safety.  Like so many others, I’m so glad I don’t have to do that yet! But maybe it’s not the kids that need reassurance – maybe … Read more


I swore my kids would not be the ones walking around with iPhones in elementary school.  What on earth do kids need with such fancy technology anyway? Right? Right!!?!?! Yup, that’s my 3 year old.  With his very own iPod Touch. Well in my defense it’s an old one that we owned and stripped of everything but their favorite trucks game and the PBS Kids app.  Did I mention that Will has a matching one? At this rate, by the time Kindergarten hits, these kids will have better electronics than me!

Just a Little Every Day Magic

Last night we took the boys to dinner and a movie at a local pizzeria. We had a day full of stress and just needed to unwind with our two favorite toddlers. It was raining pretty good when we got to the restaurant. By the time we left it was snowing.  Not just snowing but big, huge whopper snow flakes snowing. Normally I would grab the nearest kid and rush them into the car.  Keep warm.  Keep dry.  And I started to do just that but as I stepped outside holding Will he started laughing at the snow.  His laugh … Read more