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You're my Favorite Today is a place where you'll find stories, ideas, and thoughts about navigating the empty nest phase of life and keeping it full of fun, adventure, and — most importantly —possibility!

You'll also find stories about the journey it took to get here, plus a lot of other essays and favorite things that have defined my life for the past eight years ... and continue to do so.

So if your nest is empty — or even if your little chicks are teetering on the edge about to take flight — grab a drink and join me.

Sure, life may be changing, but isn't it pretty great that we are, too?

Friday Favorites: A Change of Quaranscenery

May 22, 2020

It’s that time of year, ya’ll.For those of you who’ve been following along for awhile you know how excited I get each May. Is it because my soul somehow survived yet another Minnesota winter and has surprisingly thawed out? Obviously. But more than anything, it’s because for the past 10 years May means it’s time…

Running Back Into The Fire

May 18, 2020

A couple of years ago I knew a family whose house caught fire. The father bravely got the mom and two of his triplets out of the inferno to the safety of their front lawn (the other triplet had broken curfew and was still at a party, thank goodness). Then he heard barking from inside…

Quarantine Mostly-Favorites (2.0) and more thoughts from the inside

May 1, 2020

I wish I could honestly say this post is full of favorites, but it’s really more of a mixed bag. Which, let’s be honest, is pretty much all we can hope for these days, right? So how’s everyone doing? Other than the obvious, what are you sick of?Netflix? (Check.) Your pajamas? (Check.)Feeling like you should…

This is What I Know Now

April 26, 2020

Quarantine. A word I never thought I’d use to describe my life or have to use as a teacher, yet here we are. Over the past five weeks I’ve learned a few things and have also adjusted my parameters about things I thought I knew for certain. Come to find out, I’m not sure I…

Dos and Don’ts of Surviving Quarantine With Teens

April 23, 2020

So here it is, Day 3,911 of quarantine with your teens &/or young adults, and if you’re like me, the boat that started off sailing over relatively smooth waters is starting to rock a little bit. Or perhaps yours is already capsizing. Whatever state the waters are that you’re navigating, I have some important dos…

Life in The Bubble

April 13, 2020

Today marks Day 30 for me of life in the bubble. That’s what this weird, new existence feels like to me — living in a bubble. And what’s even weirder about it? The fact that, although the situation that created it is horrific and surreal, I’m okay with it. Honestly, having my kids back home…

12 Great Things To Do With Your Older Kids in Quarantine

April 8, 2020

Parents of older kids, we’ve never felt so fortunate, have we? For years we’ve relished the freedom from sleep deprivation, dealing with meltdowns, home chef duties, endless hours of mind-numbing play, and having to help with homework (and having to listen to your kids INSIST you are doing it wrong). Now that we’re in the…

Quarantine Favorites 1.0 … and Thoughts From the Inside

April 3, 2020

As some (12) of you know, I’ve struggled with what to call the new Friday Favorites now that they aren’t relegated to Fridays anymore (or regular for that matter), but never in my wildest list of possibilities did I ever think “Quarantine Favorites” is the title they’d have one day. What a bizarre time we’re…