5 Lessons I Hope My Daughters Don’t Learn This Election Year

They call the president of the United States the Leader of the Free World. The unofficial leader of all who are free. Yet, the mud-slinging sleaziness of this election has caused me to cringe, as discussion has revolved around the ranking of women's … [Read more...]


When You’re Lonely and Feeling Less Than, May You Remember the One Who Calls You By Name

Dear Bella, This is a letter to you. But it's a letter to me. Even as I type the words on the page, I know that I'm trying to tell you what I tell myself. Loneliness crept in this week at school for you.  You didn't tell me right away. You … [Read more...]


The Only Honey To-Do List You’ll Ever Need

Dear Eli, Aden, Bella & Lucy, This is my first letter I’ve ever written to all four of you. Of course, you can read one another’s letters. And I’m sure you will. But this one, I wanted all of you to have. Because it's an important "honey … [Read more...]


Just Bounce.

Dear Bella, Today I learned that you don’t like bouncing. Not even a little bit. We jumped this afternoon on a friend’s trampoline. I love trampolines. I’m trying to convince your dad we need one in our backyard, but he’s not buying my story … [Read more...]


Exactly. Like. Me.

Dear Bella, As I write this letter, my heart pounds inside of me. I only hope I can express myself well enough that you will one day understand the heart behind this note. I often joke that I have two daughters who look nothing like me. The day I … [Read more...]


No. I Didn’t Wash the Sheets.

Dear Bella, It’s time for us to have a girl-to-girl talk. The kind where we are honest with each other, admit our faults and move on. You’re only four, so we haven’t had too many of those. And I’ll admit. I’m taking the easier path by writing a … [Read more...]


When You Ask Me if I Still Love You

Dear Bella, Oh, Bella .... maybe it’s just been a long day. Or maybe I just worry too much. Probably a little of both.  I love you.  I just want that to be ever so loud to you and from my heart. Let me say it again. I love you. I never … [Read more...]