How I Kept The Cat Out Of The Christmas Tree

For the past three years, our cat, Hercules, has climbed the Christmas tree.

He knows he’s not supposed to be up there, but the branches are understandably irresistible—as is the photo op.

But this year, he crossed a boundary. He broke two beloved ornaments. Continue reading

3 Easy Postpartum Freezer Meals

Our new baby is set to make his debut next week. To get ready for the postpartum phase, I prepared three meals to have on-hand in the freezer: chili, chicken tortilla soup, and chicken enchiladas. It only took about an hour and a half to prepare all three of them, and I moved at a pretty leisurely pace. Continue reading

Muffins, Anyone?

When I cook, my daughter is usually happy to play nearby in the living room. But I’ve been trying to find little ways to involve her in the kitchen.

Sometimes, I simply give her different objects to play with. Plastic containers of sprinkles make great maracas (as long as they stay closed). A colander and a wooden spoon make a fun drum set. The colander can double as a peek-a-boo hat—my daughter figured that one out all by herself! Continue reading

Changes Ahead

It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged! I’ve continued to write and edit—just not in this space. But it’s time for that to change, and that means this blog will be changing direction.

I’ve focused on several different topics over the years, from advice for teenage girls to heartfelt spiritual reflections to thoughts on writing. After much consideration, I’ve decided to write about what’s most on my mind and heart these days: motherhood. Continue reading