Remembering Layla

A single slice of bread made me cry today. It sounds crazy; I know. But for the last thirteen years, I've divided up the last slice of bread to give to the dogs. In March of 2020, I had to stop dividing it into thirds when our dog Nala passed away. That was the first [...]

Parenting Through Grief

The thing about grief that no one ever mentions is that it’s a constant part of your daily life. Though it changes shape and size, and may hide in the shadows from time to time, it is always there waiting. From a song on the radio to a handwritten recipe on a post-it falling out [...]

A Charlie tribute

Today marks one year since my darling Charlie passed away. To honor his life of love, here's a tribute:Three times is bestAll dogs are different,But Charlie is unique--Though not in the way you might think.He hasn't led a dog sled team to victory,He didn't swim across a great sea,He never helped  a fireman,To put out [...]

10 new mama observations

As someone who had very near zero experience with babies before having one myself, everything baby related is new to me. Diaper genie? Is that some sort of system that changes your baby's diaper for you? Because that would be awesome, and I would actually pay for it. Wipe warmers, strollers, and diapers are all [...]