Category Archives: We Are Family

Twisted

It was a last minute decision, a spur-of-the-moment road trip. My cousin, Brandi — unexpectedly expecting her second son, thirteen years after the first — was the guest of honor at a Brown County baby shower thrown by our cousin, … Continue reading

Posted in Big Thinks, Help From My Friends, Man Of My Dreams, My Kids, We Are Family | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Rant

I’m cleaning again today. For the 8,734th time (roughly) in the past three months, I’m cleaning. I’m scrubbing my floor on my hands and knees, I’m vacuuming dog hair, I’m making my toilets sparkle, I’m eradicating any random boy-pee spray … Continue reading

Posted in Me Myself And I, My Kids, We Are Family | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Do kids still write back-to-school essays about their summer adventures? If so, this is what mine will say in August: Nothing. It won’t be entirely true. We’ll do Some Things. We’ll sit by the pool and paddle-boat on the lake. … Continue reading

Posted in My Kids, We Are Family | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Their Father

I was born to a father who chose not to stay, his departure the resounding chorus of my young life… Why not? Why? The lesson I learned from him was this: we can’t wish someone into being who we need … Continue reading

Posted in Man Of My Dreams, My Kids, We Are Family | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Letter To My 16-Year-Old Son

Dear Teenager, Sometimes life doesn’t seem fair. Do you know why? Because it isn’t. But here’s a little something I’ve learned in my 43 years on this earth… life always gives you exactly what you need in order to learn … Continue reading

Posted in Big Thinks, My Kids, We Are Family | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hot Mess

I always wanted to be Carolyn Ingalls. And then my air conditioning went out. In Mississippi. And now I take all that prairie life nonsense back. Every single bit of it. I don’t even care if Pa plays his fiddle. I’m … Continue reading

Posted in We Are Family | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Final Countdown: 14 Southern Fried Lessons

We leave the South in six short days. The boxes are packed, we’re eating with plastic utensils, and the truck arrives on Friday. When we moved in the summer of 2011, I told Chris I was willing to try anything … Continue reading

Posted in Big Thinks, Help From My Friends, Man Of My Dreams, Me Myself And I, My Kids, We Are Family | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boys Will Be Boys

Following is an excerpt of last night’s dinner conversation: Sam (14): “George, stop spanking your chicken.” George (8): “But I like spanking my chicken.” I nearly snorted red wine out of my nose and refused to make eye contact with … Continue reading

Posted in My Kids, We Are Family | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Whole Truth

My mom is reading “Table for Six” for the first time. She didn’t want to read an advance copy, said she trusted me, said she’d wait. I gave her a hard copy on Sunday and have been fretting ever since. … Continue reading

Posted in Big Thinks, We Are Family, Write On | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Caring for Ourselves Looks a Lot Like Caring for Others

“Hello… is it me you’re looking for? Cause I wonder where you are, and I wonder what you do…” That’s one of my favorite cheesiest-of-the-cheesy love songs. Lionel was an 80s fixture for me, for sure. Now that song will … Continue reading

Posted in Big Thinks, Help From My Friends, Man Of My Dreams, My Kids, We Are Family | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment