Author Archives: jenn

Mamalode: Soft Hearts & Cowgirl Boots

I wrote an essay over at Mamalode about the incredible way our oldest daughter used her voice to speak up for herself: For so long I wished not that my oldest daughter Betty, age 9, would raise her voice, but that she would speak up.  And two years ago when I spoke up about mean […]

28 Days of Play Project: Play, Like Rising to the Surface for Air

Two months ago I was invited to be a piece of the 28 Days of Play project hosted by You Plus Two Parenting. Rachel Cedar, founder of You Plus Two Parenting, assembled talented and notable bloggers, published writers, parents, thinkers and seekers and asked an important question:  “Do you play with your children?”  In the age of constant motion, […]

weekending: summer’s first weekend

Saturday morning: early, bright and blue Olive’s turn at soccer with family at sidelines in cheers, smiles only three years in the waiting yup, she was incredibly thrilled for her time to arrive

Great Wolf Lodge & a Great Daddy Day

An islander treat is to board first on the ferry, park on deck front and center a true vehicle sailing, rope gate just beyond our windshield a mainland drive over Fir Island, where Olive was born to where Betty and Lucy were born on Whidbey Island I walked across Deception Bridge where tide-powered driftwood swirled […]

Freshly Picked & Just Write: Reality in a Shopping Cart

Oh.  My.  Goodness.  Hello; it’s been a while.  I’m not only back from a recent trip to the east coast, but back into the rhythm of usual island days.  I took a break & a long one at that.  I barely replied to emails & kept my laptop zipped up for weeks.  It was everything […]