Author Archive for Mrs. Sketchbook


Books that Changed My Life: Getting the Love You Want

For the last few years I’ve been working hard to improve my marriage and mental health. Along with a lot of self-care and work in therapy, I’ve also been doing a ton of bibliotherapy. One of my most treasured reads is Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt’s Getting the Love You Want. Although the book was […]


Shopping for Showers at the Grocery Store

I’m a busy mom of two, and most of my friends have at least one child. I’ve recently been invited to a number of second baby showers. I don’t have a lot of time to shop, so I’ve started getting gifts at the grocery store when I’m doing my own shopping. It is fun to […]

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An Epidural Shear

There are a few things a laboring woman never wants to hear, and high atop that list is her anesthesiologist saying: “Wow, I’ve never seen that before!” But alas there I was, six or seven centimeters dilated, in full labor, hunched over the bed and waiting for the epidural to do its magic, when my anesthesiologist […]


Books That Changed My Life: Harriet Lerner’s Dance of Anger

Hello friends! It feels great to be writing here again.  I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone!  I thought I’d start back with a few reviews of books that have meant the world to me. I’ve been meaning to blog for a while now, but a recent anonymous (and amazing, gut-wrenching) post about divorce […]

Scribble’s Elevated Lead Level Scare

Our family recently moved to a small, ranch-style house built in the sixties. We absolutely love the house, and although it is just a rental, we were excited to get settled in here. A few days ago, Scribble had his 2 year well child visit. At the end of the visit, he was subject to […]

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Off to School for Scribble–and Mama!

A few weeks ago, Scribble and I both started back to school!  I work part time as an instructor at a local junior college, and this semester I am teaching two classes. Additionally, this year I started back to graduate school, and am taking classes part-time, and soon will begin interning in a middle school. […]

Moving House with a Toddler

I’m writing this from a phone. We moved to our new home this week and I have no idea where the charger to our laptop is hiding! A few weeks ago I shared our family’s plans to downsize. With the housing market in recovery, I did not expect that our house would sell anytime soon. […]

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