Kura Bed Hack FAQ


A few years ago we found ourselves with four kids and two bedrooms. We hacked Kura beds to give each kids a cool bed, with lots of space of their own. Buzzfeed and other sites have picked up the original hack and that blog post has had hundreds of thousands of visitors. IKEA lovers from all over the world have asked us about our hack so I thought I would be helpful to collect our answers in one … [Read more...]

Bacon Pancakes & Questionable Nutritional Choices-40 Days of Posts


For the past few months, our family has tried to eat healthier. Organic instead of conventional, cooking at home instead of eating out, actual bananas and strawberries rather than the miniature, gummy imitations. But it's hard to stay the course. Kids eat dozens of snacks and meals in a day, the nutritional fabric is destined to unravel. The evolution happens so slowly, so microscopically, I … [Read more...]

This is What Makes a House a Home-40 Days of Posts


When we bought this house, I called it our forever home. This was six years ago, when Catie was 3 and the twins were 1. We said this house would hold all the kids' childhood memories. Teen years and first boyfriends and girlfriends and hundreds of sleep-overs would happen between these walls. When we were empty-nesters, Mike and I would decide to move or we live here forever so the kids could come … [Read more...]

The Problem with Planning Summer in February-40 Days of Posts


Camps for this summer are filling up and we need to get our kids registered. But the summer I plan in February is never the summer I want to live in July. In February, we're in work mode. Spring is the long second act of our year. During these months, the plot of our lives is moving forward very slowly--another big test tomorrow, Mike's work dinner tonight, we were late this morning because … [Read more...]

Procrastinating + School Projects- 40 Days of Posts


I'm not sure how this happened, but we've become the last-minute project family. I'm not proud to admit we are the people who do science fair projects in one weekend, book reports the night before they're due, and decorate family turkeys an hour before bedtime. These are not good habits to start so early in our kids' academic career. They are all still in elementary school and they already … [Read more...]

When the Barometric Pressure Drops: 40 Days of Posts


  We have reached the point in Houston winter when we are DONE with the cold weather. We are summer people. We are so much more comfortable with 99% humidity and triple-degree temperatures than these frigid days in the low 40s. We will bravely fight mosquitos over Christmas break and sunburns over President's Day weekend. Just don't make us wear long pants for four months in a row. My … [Read more...]

Writing is Noticing & Noticing is Life-40 Days of Posts


Notice anything? I mean besides cutie-pie Lanie Ward reading Elisabeth a book. Maybe you also notice Nate photo-bombing in the background. And the snazzy-dressed City Centre crowd strolling past to their fancy lunch. Maybe if you looked longer and harder, you'd also see the Ward and Hergenrader girls are really sitting on AstroTurf, not actual grass. You might also see the adorable way … [Read more...]

Biscotti, Grace, and Frozen Yogurt


This has been one of those weird weeks where everyone in our family is dancing to their own rhythm. The kids had President’s Day off of school, and then Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were big work days for Mike and me. As a creshendo to our weird week, the kids only had a half of a day of school today. Yay? I've spent my days in my own head, writing in my pjs and eating cold bacon off the … [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday Should Not Be Messy (and other lies): 40 Days of Posts


Our family’s Ash Wednesday was a mess. We chose work commitments and homework over church. And when we told the kids we weren’t going, Elisabeth and Sam started to cry. This pricked my anxiety: were our kids so emotionally disturbed they couldn’t handle a little schedule change without falling apart? When had we become that family, the ones who missed big nights at church? Mike left the room … [Read more...]

But First, Forgive–40 Days of Posts


During the 40 days of Lent, I’m writing 40 blog posts. Instead of giving up chocolate or Facebook or corn syrup or whatever, I’m adding this habit back into my life. I miss documenting the seasons our kids are slipping in and out of; I miss remembering and anticipating and processing our lives here. But I’ve become too rigid about my posts. My internal editor says, “Don’t write about that. … [Read more...]