On Graduation

My son graduates from 5th grade this year. This past year has marked a series of last firsts. Next fall, he, like countless kids before him, will enter the emotionally taxing time referred to as middle school. God help us all. But first, a final reflection on his time at Iron River Elementary School. Perfection […]

Opt Out: A Mother’s Day Rambling

My phone pinged at the end a particularly challenging day. Nothing extraordinary, just the regular challenge of parenting a 10-year-old going on 30. I grabbed my phone expecting an entertaining TikTok meme or a much-needed mascara discount. Instead, the text read Opt Out. The marketer in me was intrigued. After all, what company sends texts […]

Dear Mom

Dear Mom, I’ve been a bit angry lately that you aren’t around. I have questions about your demons. Perhaps it is because the calendar keeps inching me towards the age you were when you left us. And, I cannot help but wonder if I’m destined for the same pathway. Twenty-eight years without you is a […]

I Voted

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.” James Clear My husband’s name recently appeared on the Spring election ballot for school board. It marked a great opportunity for my 10-year-old and I to experience the power of voting together with just the promise of an I […]

Mom Watch This

MOM. WATCH THIS. I hear these words on the reg. It is often followed by some ridiculous stunt by my 10-year old son forcing himself into the center of my Universe. The tactic works time and time again because it is often includes some disruptive and occasionally hazardous (to me and my son) attempt to […]

Let’s Talk Football

“Keeping score isn’t nearly as important as knowing what makes up your scorecard.” Let’s talk football for a minute. I think there’s two important things to highlight here – I know very little about football and I was crushing on Travis Kelse before Taylor Swift knew he existed. Sure, I love a good Swift song […]

You Got To Know When To Hold Them

Let go of what no longer serves you. Unbeknownst to me, this meme was served up in my Instagram feed at a time I needed to hear it more than ever. It seems obvious and as someone who is regularly evaluating who and what needs to go in my life to ensure there’s space for […]

Got Beef?

Livestock auction in Bayfield County.

Ten years ago, I birthed a beautiful baby boy. Our first major outing was the Bayfield County Fair where I, with my heightened hormones, watched middle and high school boys (and girls) auction off beef to pay for college. Later, while nursing and watching yet another rerun of Friday Night Lights, I looked at my […]

The Big 10

Jake from Moon Lake today crashing the party to let you all know I’ve hit double digits. Next month I’m convinced I’m starting 5th grade as the fastest, smartest kid in the school. Not a bad way to start the year. I had some big wins this past year – literally. My baseball team went […]

Next Stop, MLB

My son’s baseball team won the Little League Championship in our small town. It marked the end to a very busy June packed with endless sitting in a blue chair watching the grass grow, along with Jake’s confidence. On game day for the championship and the ability to close out the season undefeated, Jake informed […]