Category: Family and Home

I Don’t Want to Raise Consumeristic Monsters

For our daughter, starting fifth grade came with a lot of new and exciting opportunities. She got to pick her first elective: choir. She gets to start middle school team sports, meaning we no longer have to drag her to practices but we’re finding ourselves traveling all over the...

When Our Dreams Don’t Match Their Desires

When my daughter decided she was done with dance, it was the end of my own unfulfilled childhood dreams. But when she said she was done with piano, it felt like so much more than that. It felt like a rejection of one of the things that had been...

Keeping Some Adventures for Us

This past spring, as I made plans for our summer vacation and waited to see how much time and money we would have left to have our own vacation, all the while struggling to find a location for just the two of us that we could both agree on,...

Backyard Beautification Project – Phase 2

But as often happens, once you upgrade one thing, everything next to it starts to look worse. By the time last fall rolled around, the entire deck area surrounding our newly beautified pool was a mess. Even though our pool was much prettier, the mess around the pool indicated...

No Excuses: How Season Tickets Helped Us Reclaim Date Night

We're re-learning how to have fun together and reminding each other that we are more than just Mom and Dad: we're best friends, lovers, and life-long companions who still enjoy the things we did when we were 19-year-olds falling in love. The difference is now we have the ability...