Why I refuse to drive or dine with an iPad

We’ve done about five long road trips in the past two years that were seven hours plus, but our next big trip will top that to about 21 hours of driving. One of the most common pieces of advice we receive any time we share news of a long drive is to download apps and movies on the iPad. We don’t even own one.  Continue reading “Why I refuse to drive or dine with an iPad”

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When home is exactly the break that you need

My husband and I moved here with one dog, a baby bump and no support system, and are leaving here with two dogs, two kids under three, and a village of hand-selected family. We have not, however, had a babysitter for the popular “first night out kid-free” milestone yet. And this has been by choice – one that is usually met with glares of shock. Continue reading “When home is exactly the break that you need”

Our children are listening even when the world isn’t

Before I had kids, I felt heard. I could call someone and fall deep into a two-way conversation, free of tiny shrieks, squeals and leg yanks. My days at work were spent in various meetings where contrasting ideas merged into one united goal. Dinner with the husband was spent focused on each other, and evenings were spent catching up intently on all the world happenings.  Continue reading “Our children are listening even when the world isn’t”