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Living with the Aftershocks

I was sitting at the computer when the shaking started again. It was 11:30 and Doug was already in bed.

Playfull Living

I was sitting on the beach the other day when I saw a girl with her mom digging in the sand in front of me. They were giggling as they dug their purple shovels into the sand. The girl seemed to be about 5, and was full of life and joy. There was

MamaResources: Healthy Living

Do you have a “healthy” resolution for 2009? For some of us, the resolve is weakening. The kid’s mac & cheese looks like Four Cheese Risotto from the best bistro in town after a few days on a diet. Stay on course with a few of our favorite online heath and fitness websites.

Tour of Duty

Is there something the matter with me? As a wife? Because here’s the thing: I don’t always like to do my “wifely duty.”

The New Bed

It's bedtime, and Emi's asking for a drink before she goes to sleep. But tonight her usual request is accompanied by a more ominous directive. "Mommy," she says, her face solemn, "when you come back, we have to talk."

Not Perfect but Lovin' Him Anyway

Others may have begun their parenting journey with a positive pregnancy test and parenting book, but I started mine in front of the television.

To Sleep, Perchance to Scheme

My wife, Lael, and I had repeatedly been cautioned by our experienced friends to expect severe, relationship-altering sleep loss after the birth of our daughter. The truth was, though, that we looked forward to the challenge.