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I'm writing this on Day 61 of self-isolation from the makeshift desk I've created on our dining room table. The same dining room table also currently contains a changing pad, a jigsaw puzzle, and a half-eaten shortbread cookie. This...
“Mommmmmmmyyyyy!!!!” I cringed. Please don’t, I thought. Not now. It was Day 1 of working from home during the quarantine. I normally work from home, and I’ve developed a pretty good routine since I started doing so eight months ago. However, my...
In the midst of a global pandemic and stay at home orders, I realized my son's birthday was coming up. Because of our situation, this meant no birthday party at school, no 20-30 kids gathering to sing to him,...
In the words of Mr. Alice Cooper: "School's out forever . . . " Now, I’m not saying he predicted the future, but do you know the lyrics to the song "Schools Out"? This guy sings about school being out...
Financial Planning During the COVID-19 Pandemic We are living in an unprecedented time. Coronavirus (Covid-19) went from being virtually unheard of in the United States roughly four months ago to officially becoming a global pandemic. It has resulted in statewide...
I am a semi-introverted person, and even I am going crazy on week three of the great social distancing quarantine of 2020. Because even an introvert likes her libraries and coffee shops. And my only child is struggling. I know siblings can...
I'm not one to say everyone needs an Instant Pot. In fact, I fought the craze pretty hard and only gave in when mine was gifted to me by my very kind mother-in-law. Now I consider it one of...
It's Spring Break week here in Birmingham, and our original plan had been to check our kids out of school the week before for a week-long dental mission trip to Da Nang, Vietnam with East Meets West Dental then...
Sometimes it’s the parking that threatens my state of calm. Then there’s construction blocking the ramp forcing me to maneuver my daughter’s wheelchair off the curb backwards onto a busy two way street. Always it is the moment when...
I get it. Extended school closure because of quarantine seems daunting. It's not like summer, and it's not even going to allow for a regular spring break. Three weeks (at least) of kids being home, out of their routine,...

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