In my head, I went into the parenting death spiral—does the fact that my kiddo won’t take a pacifier make me a bad mom? If I was a good mom, couldn’t I keep her content during a quick trip through the store? If I can’t even get my girl to take a paci, what other […]
Author Archive | Jenny
After our daughter was born, it was surreal. It felt a lot like babysitting. Like someone else more responsible was going to pick her up to take her home. Like I wasn’t really her mom.
Love is like glue. It gets into all the broken crevices and holds things together. And all of that love that poured out of my dad’s family is coming back to hold us all together.
You know those things that seem like they only happen to other people? Like winning the lottery or having to chop off their own arm to rescue themselves? Evacuating from a wildfire seemed like one of those things that only happened to other people. Before June 26, 2012, my closest encounter with wildfire was a […]
My family recently lost my dad. He was incredibly healthy up until October 14, 2016. Then everything changed. He was diagnosed with aggressive cancer and complications quickly followed. He entered hospice on November 29 and died, surrounded by family, on February 3, 2017. That eight weeks of hospice was incredibly challenging and people loved my […]
I love a good plan. I love carrying out plans. I love everything coming together flawlessly. I am a perfectionist. It used to cause me a lot of anxiety when things did not go according to plan and were not perfect. But then I learned something that changed my life. Things that don’t go perfectly […]
When my husband and I figured out we were expecting, I immediately put on my project management hat and created a timeline of tasks to complete before the due date. One of my highest priorities was to find a child care provider for when I went back to work. I knew going back to work was going […]
I like to think of myself as a more down-to-earth, practical version of Martha Stewart. I enjoy making tasty things out of whole, real ingredients but I do not have Christmas china. I love to put lots of thought into gifts and wrapping them prettily, but I stink at doing hostess gifts, (are hostess gifts […]
Let me start off by saying that I only have one 7 month old child and have only been back to work for four months. At this point, I have no idea if my personal sanity savers will scale up to more children or if they will stand the test of time. But, I do know […]