Six Minute Increments

Musings on Motherhood

Radical Faith

Luke asked me recently why we have to go to mass every Sunday.  “It’s so boring!” he protested.  And then he negotiated.  “If you like it so much, you should go alone.  We just distract you with our whining and misbehaving.” Later that afternoon, I was working while the boys played with Legos.  Every now […]

Joy and Grief

One month ago today, my husband and I sat in a dark ultrasound room with stupid, silly smiles on our faces as the technician confirmed that the little baby bouncing around in my belly was indeed a girl.  A daughter that we had named after my mother and sister with the great hope that she […]

The Village People

I would love to carpe the diem out of every single day.  Hell, most of the time I would settle to just carpe a few hours a week. But it’s easier said than done.  For starters, we have three (soon to be four) kids.  So our attention is already divided.  On top of that, we have bills and […]

The Days Are Hard

Dear Littles: Today was a hard day.  I’m not sure if it was any worse than any of our other hard days, but it certainly felt to me like it was.  You are all asleep now– tucked away under your matching Star Wars comforters, faces still sticky with sweat because I was just too tired […]

Watering the Plants

A few months ago, we had to put down our beloved dog Roxie. It was quick and unexpected and altogether heart-shattering.  A few days later, our vet thoughtfully delivered a plant to our house which we placed on top of the piano where it is highly visible and receives a lot of sunlight.  I have […]

mama mojo

Mama Mojo

I Am Great at Beginning Things. I am great at beginning things: books, projects, movies, exercise regimens, dinner. I am not great at finishing things. Somewhere along the way, I lose interest, momentum, motivation, courage. I get bored. Or distracted. Or scared. Or determine that the thing I have set out to do is bigger […]

How Can I Help You?

I Like to Make Things Easy for People My husband and my children may say otherwise.  And maybe a select handful of friends.  Perhaps my sisters.  And maaaybe some of my work colleagues. But in general, I try to make other people’s lives easier. I recently had to run errands on a Sunday.  Since I […]

Raptors and Hovercrafts

I hate bath time.  Anyone else? Before I had kids, I thought that bath time would be a soothing, relaxing end to a long day.  And that after getting their baths, my children would easily slip into their pajamas and then sit at my feet and watch me attentively while I read them a book.  […]

The Great Pursuit

Last night, as I was getting the boys’ school bags ready for the week, I found Max’s Spiderman watch. The one that Santa bought him for Christmas. The one he wore for weeks straight, taking it off only to bathe. The one I searched for frantically, tearing the house apart after he lost it because […]

What Does Your Brave Look Like?

At 12:50 this afternoon, my Fitbit vibrated gently against my wrist, reminding me to take 250 steps. I am determined to beat my sisters in our weekly Fitbit walking challenge, so I walked. Not two hours later, I learned that a classmate of mine from graduate school– an accomplished scholar and historian– was recently diagnosed […]