Feeling all the Feels

Hannah and me

My daughter Hannah is 11 years old now. She is increasingly responsible, increasingly independent, increasingly smart and increasingly tall. (Seriously! The kid grew a quarter inch in a week.) She is not a little girl anymore. Hannah cooks now, … [Read more ...]

Me + 40

birthday selfie 40

You guys, today I turned 40 years old. 40. Years. Old. It sounds significant to me because I'm entering a new decade of my life. But also because I remember my mom turning 40. I remember my mother-in-law turning 40, for Pete's sake. I had … [Read more ...]

Siblings: The Original Frenemies


The sibling relationship is something unique and special. I have a younger sister myself, so I understand the dynamic that can evolve, in which you both adore and are highly annoyed by your sibling. I also see it with my own two children. My daughter … [Read more ...]

Poem of the Month: 100 Words

poetry dandelions spring

Recently I re-embraced my adolescent love of writing poetry. Many of them are written just for me, but others are for sharing. And so, a blog series is born. And now, here is this month's poem. I realize it has been more than a month, but you … [Read more ...]

Why I Love Being a Teacher

student teacher

My student teaching journey has rounded a corner. It feels good. My practicum is over (and I miss my students so much). My final reports have been signed off on. My portfolio is complete. My job applications are submitted to the school districts I … [Read more ...]

Spring Breakdown

Early Grey and Math Vocabulary

March has been a month of highs and lows for me. I experienced some of the most stressful days of my life, when I was trying to balance the busiest parts of being a student teacher with still being a passable mom and not entirely losing myself in the … [Read more ...]

Precious Downtime

downtime relaxing

You guys, school. School! School. I have finished the first six weeks of my student teaching practicum, and I have four weeks left to go (plus two weeks of Spring Break when I will be back in class myself). And it's awesome. Every day is … [Read more ...]