Missed the Mark

Photo: The shame, Dear Reader… the shame of this right here…   I woke up this morning to a cool, cool house and I declared it, finally, baking season. I was like, the boys have the day off and they are in trouble (I’ll get to that in a second), so I ain’t goin’ nowhere. Today is gonna…

[Quiet Thoughts] The Power of Yes

Photo: The opening moments of a major project.   I confess to a little bit of residual Mom Guilt from last school year. I really didn’t feel good about how the year ended. The summer looming, there was an acceleration to all things in anticipation of “everybody leaving” for summer life. I was… not my…

This Introvert Went to Back to School Night

Photo: Sweet child of mine… Lordy.   Things I thought tonight during Back to School Night: There are too many names. There is too much going on. Can’t these children be in school for a while before I have to come in? This is such a rush and not in a fun way. Oh no, there…

[Quiet Thoughts] The Breakaway

Photo: Ursa Major testing out his new school shoes…   Last Sunday, we got up, had breakfast, and went to the shoe store for the last back-to-school purchase we needed to make. Since Stride-Rite closed its physical stores, this shoe thing has been less fun than it used to be. However, we’ve made do, and…

And So, We Begin Again

Photo: Obligatory first day of school photo with obligatory too-cool poses from my 6 year-old. “Babies, can you just stand there and be cool so we can take a normal picture, please?” Minor: “What? We’re awesome. This is what awesome looks like!” Lord in Heaven, someone save me and these children.   I just want…

One More Week!

Photo: Ok, so… I have a confession… This right here is the first bowl of potato salad I’ve ever made.   Ok, ok, but you’ve gotta hear me out! I know I was born below the Mason-Dixon. I know I am a Black woman born below the Mason-Dixon… there is no excuse at all for being a grown-ass woman…

[Quiet Thoughts] of Open Minds

Photo: I sincerely believe that planting our garden was the best thing we’ve ever done as parents. Every sprout, every leaf, every flower, and every delicious product is a wonder, a miracle and a joy. We have pumpkins for the first time ever and the vines are glorious and interesting and we love them. I’ve never…

Gettin’ it Together

Photo: Dramatical, right? We really love roasted brussels sprouts in this house. When the boys and I saw this full stalk of sprouts at the store today, we had to get it. I could have taken each sprout off, but there was an option to throw the entire thing in the oven. I was like,…

[Quiet Thoughts] Dance it Out

Photo: Two little boys, dancing out the last few minutes of what has been an extraordinary summer.   During the beginning of this summer, I said to my mother, “I don’t even know what to pray for right now. There is just too much to ask for. Too much going on.” and now, I can…

The Aftermath

Photo: Motherhood is intense. Can you just feel the intensity in this look, Dear Reader?   If you are living my life, you woke up this morning to a house full of all the consequences for your Mother’s Day weekend ideas. I got to Friday afternoon and said, “I’m taking this weekend off!” The Husband, God…