These Days... by Amanda

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A blog about the daily challenges of foster parenting, or parenting in general. Along with random creative thoughts, etc.

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Day to Day Mothering

I want to know what my Mom was thinking in these pictures. I want more details of what she was like as a young mother. I am left to wonder how she mothered us day-to-day...

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.

From the Back Seat

KT Tunstall sings through my earbuds as I watch the desert roll by from the back seat of our station wagon....Suddenly I see, this is what I want to be...Her ‘20-something’ lyrics are most likely about discovering her own emerging identity, but they hit home for me right now as I realize this is where I want to be right now.

Where the Bruises Are

I met a life coach a few years back who promised he’d help me “become more of who I was.” He said that as though it were a good thing. I’m not so sure.

These Ain’t Your Mothers Blue Jeans

One day back when I was a teenager, I remember having the realization that if I didn’t come into possession of a pair of Gloria Vanderbuilt jeans, I would not survive the seventh grade. I had sworn to my mother that nothing would come between me and my Calvins, but no sooner did I pledge my allegiance to Mr. Klein, then the girls at school started showing up in Gloria’s dark denims.

Bonus Baby

Last night I did what I ordinarily do around eleven o’clock. I shut down my laptop computer and put it away, then closed the book I was reading and set it on the lamp stand next to the sofa. I brought my water glass and my wine glass into the kitchen and put them in the dishwasher. While my husband went outside to smoke his last cigarette for the evening, I climbed the stairs and readied myself for bed.