What Am I Doing With My Life?

Also, a lesson I keep learning. I’m surviving off of about 3 hours of sleep today. My just-turned-two-year-old has recently transitioned to a toddler bed. Disaster. He gets up repeatedly during the night and stumbles around in his sleep sack like a little drunk person. This means that I also get up repeatedly during the…

Seven Things I’ve Learned In My Old(er) Age

This year, I will turn 35. It’s surreal, honestly. How can I be nearly 35? Wasn’t I just 15? And don’t I still feel 22? How did I graduate from high school SEVENTEEN years ago?!?  Despite my bewilderment, I’m not complaining. I actually don’t mind my thirties. In fact, I love them. Not only have…

Becoming a Mommy – Part 3

Baby boy, you were a big surprise. Your sister was only 8 months old when we found out your were on your way, and you’ve been surprising us ever since! Your due date was January 5th, and my goal was getting through the holidays with you still in my belly. I was sure you’d be…

Becoming a Mommy – Part 2

Sweet girl, you came early! Your due date was July 9th—the last day of the Young Life Portugal Surf Camp I was directing. My doctor warned me that you could make an earlier arrival than the 9th, but I was sure that as long as I was relaxed and calm and resting, you’d stay in…

Becoming a Mommy – Part 1

Sunday, the 5th of May was Mother’s Day in Portugal, and on Sunday, the 12th of May, it will be Mother’s Day in America. And so, I’ve decided to post three times this week — the three birth stories of the the three little people who made me a Mommy. xx Ariel Around 10 am…

Finding My Inner Mary

I am a chronic “do-er.” I am a classic type A extrovert. I want to be involved in everything, and in general, I want to be in charge of it. I want to organize and plan and strategize and do it all perfectly. I want to be around people constantly, and if I could be…

Fighting Mommy Guilt.

More mornings than I care to admit, I wake up in a very sour mood. It’s almost always because 1 – it’s early;  2 – it’s still dark; and 3 – there’s usually a tiny person crying for me.  Almost always, that tiny person wakes up all the other tiny people, and before I can…

Word of the Year

You know that old saying that if you are a boat and you’re not heading in any one direction, then you’re floating off into any direction? I guess we always feel like we can just press pause on things and come back when we’re ready to deal with them. And maybe that’s true in some…

A Mermaid Party!

Friends, I’ve mentioned before that I’ve got a Pinterest problem. I love it. I pin like crazy. I aspire to create pinterest parties for everyone around me. Even for those who hate parties. Sorry not sorry. So in celebration of the lovely and the happy moments of life, here’s a flashback to last July when…

Autumn Rain

It is finally autumn, and the rain and cold have permeated everything. I actually don’t usually mind this. There is something so beautiful about how the world slowly curls up to take a long sleep; how the leaves gradually change color and days become shorter; how you have to keep adding layer upon layer to…