The Only Silver Lining

The other night I was sitting on top of an Avengers comforter with tears streaming down my face as my three year old son wept in my arms.  I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest.  I knew he was grieving deeply in his tiny little heart.  From his limited toddler…

A Red Lipstick Resolution

When asked what it was like having a fourth kid, Jim Gaffigan responded: “Imagine you’re drowning.  Then someone hands you a baby.” Jordan and I often quote that to each other and laugh together.  We need laughter in this phase of life, especially when we are trying to get our Maroon 5 circus out the…

In Defense of the Working Mom

I have been a Stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) for 6 years now.  When I first became a mother, we lived in an area that was highly academic and career oriented.  I didn’t know many other SAHMs and I  always dreaded the question, “So, what do you do?” whenever I was out in public.  People often had no…

My Mom

This past weekend we celebrated my mom’s 61st birthday.  I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately, now that I am a mother of three.  She also had three kids and my mom was my inspiration in becoming a stay-at-home mom.  Now that I’m on the other side of it, I understand that motherhood is…

The Mom Workout

At some point in our childless first year of marriage (the “childless” part didn’t last long… oops), I remember asking someone, “How do moms ever find time to workout?”.  As someone who has always valued exercise, this question really plagued me. Then one day Jordan and I babysat for a friend’s 5 year old son….

Piper Joy

On Monday, August 28th, Piper Joy Maroon was born at 1:16pm!  Her entrance into the world was fast and easy (initially), and our world was forever changed, for the better :). Here are some details about the arrival of our sweet baby girl: The L&D: My pregnancy with Piper was the easiest (apart from some…

The Momcourager

I felt tears welling up behind my eyes and threatening to fall.   Why was it that every single other toddler accompanying their mom was sitting calmly on their laps, well behaved?  Not my two year old. We were at Riley’s preschool Easter program and Copeland was screaming and crying, in full blown meltdown mode. …

The Leading Lady

There’s a scene in the movie the Holiday where Arthur (my favorite character) tells Iris (Kate Winslet’s character) that she is supposed to be the leading lady in the-holidayher own life but that for some reason, she behaves like she’s the supporting role.   While I’ve always appreciated the scene in the movie, I had…

For the Unseen Mamas

The night before Mother’s Day I sat in my bed with my phone, scrolling through pictures of my children and re-watching recent videos of them.  I felt the smile spread across my face as I looked upon their sweetness and their joy.  I felt enveloped in the gift of motherhood and completely blown away that…

The Only Lullaby

I was recently watching the movie Philomena, when I felt it. The sadness boiling up again, threatening to spill over and burn every part of me. In the movie (spoiler alert), Philomena’s 3 year old son is taken away from her, against her will. She watches as he is crying and fighting and driving away…

Joseph Copeland Maroon – The Name

On January 3rd, 2015 at 3:39pm our son, Joseph Copeland Maroon (we will call him by his middle name) made his grand entrance into the world! 7lbs, 11oz and 19 inches of pure cuteness and joy. I know I was getting antsy (to put it mildly) at the end of my pregnancy and having a…

10 Tips for Surviving the End of Pregnancy

Yesterday I found myself typing “Surviving the End of Pregnancy” into the Google search bar.  I clicked on several different links – blog posts, articles from pregnancy or parenting websites, etc – and found them largely unhelpful.  Most of the advice I found fell along the lines of “Keep yourself busy!” “Deep clean your house.”…