Giving the gift of words

Giving the gift of words

We just wrapped up what I like to call “birthday season” at our house. All four of our children have birthdays in the fall. That means that during the 10 weeks between Sept. 14 and Dec. 1, it feels like we are always getting ready for someone’s...

My secret code gift labelling system

A few days before Christmas, I was surprised to hear our 13-year-old daughter say what she was looking forward to the most. “I can’t wait to crack mom’s code on the gifts,” she said. About five years ago, I began replacing my traditional gift tags with a secret code....

The hands of Christmas past

Fifteen years ago, I was a mom to two little boys. One was 2 years old, and the other was just a baby. Back then, I didn’t have Pinterest. I didn’t have Instagram or even Facebook. Somehow, even living on a planet empty of social media, I was able to glean...

How we were finally visited by an elf

A few days ago, our oldest son stopped me as he was rushing to head out for his early morning drive to school. He looked perplexed. “Mom, why were you wrapping toilet paper around the Christmas tree?” A few days earlier, our 15-year-old confronted me in a...

What are you hungry for this Christmas?

The Christmas season is such a tricky time to be a mom. It’s such a mix of wanting to honor all the traditions and do all of the things and cherish all of the moments and make every moment special. But in trying to make that all happen, ending up feeling...