One of the things I’m most thankful for woke me up three times last night to feed him. Or maybe it was two — I’m too tired to remember. One of those times I was so tired that he didn’t wake me up at all, and it took someone else I’m thankful for to wake me up and hand the baby to me. After that, that second person I’m thankful for switched to my side of the bed so I could sleep while he soothed the baby. I am thankful for him. And… Read More

On my own: Temple worship as a young mom

I haven’t been to the temple since my baby was born a month ago. It’s forgivable. When you have young children, temple attendance can be impractical — theoretically possible, but extremely difficult. Babysitters are expensive and hard to come by, and temple trips can take hours. Besides that, temple dates don’t exactly fill my love tank. I need conversation and laughter and eye contact on a date — things that are hard to come by in a place of worship. But I know I’ll make it back sooner than later, and that I won’t have to… Read More

A little too kind

Jimmy Fallon was trending on Facebook today. Like pretty much everyone, I’m a big Jimmy Fallon fan, so I was excited. Was it a new epic lip sync battle? A favorite singer doing musical impressions? A new batch of thank you notes? Nope. He tousled Donald Trump’s hair. And the Internet went insane. If you don’t want to follow those links and read all about it, I’ll summarize: According to the Internet, Jimmy Fallon is an irresponsible media figure because he asked Trump easy questions and even “tried to make him… Read More

Baby #3, You’re Different, And I Love It

Having a baby is magical. When I found out I was pregnant last February, my reaction was typical. I was thrilled, and I pulled out our size 2T “Big Sister” T-shirt and put it on my youngest as a clever way of telling their dad. I’ve relished every moment of pregnancy bliss since — my expanding belly, my intensifying cravings, my weird dreams, my ultrasounds. And now we’re in the last couple months, the final countdown. It’s different this time. With my first, these last few weeks left me happy but nervous…. Read More

Mama, embrace your ‘and’

  I have lunch with communications students from BYU-Idaho every now and then. Most of the students who come to Dallas or Provo (or wherever I happen to live at the time) are there to learn about full-time career opportunities, but there is always one or two students (usually women) who want to talk to someone who writes AND stays home, who has a career AND a family. Breanna Olaveson, at your service. Last time I went to one of these lunches, one girl leveled with me. “To be honest,” she said,… Read More