I used to think mommy blogs sounded pretty lame until I became a mom of two, and realized they’re the best things ever. When I read the blogs of other parents, I feel validated, encouraged, and interested. I mean, let’s face it: this parenting thing is pretty all consuming. I could talk about it all day, in search of that epiphany, or just fellowship. Parents really do need each other.

Also, my kids do some pretty hilarious, crazy-making, oddball things that must be captured.

So I am super excited about those things: the parenting community, and humor.

But I’m also here out of a simple need to create something tangible. Something that lasts longer than a clean kitchen – which lasts maybe 30 seconds in my house. As much as Fiona and Jack are a huge part of what makes my life complete, they shouldn’t (can’t) be my only source of personal fulfillment. Even as I am consumed by their needs and my love for them, I long for more.

I write here because writing is the first thing that comes to mind when I try to fill that void. I wrote fiction before the kids, and I miss it so much.

I don’t know how this writing will go, as a (busy, tired, overwhelmed, etc., etc…) mother, so I will begin where I’m at, in my current life.

And along the way I will try to dig out the joy underneath the mundane.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Great stuff so far! Congrats! My blog is one month old tomorrow – very excited. : -)
    You should check out my friend Tanya – her blog is http://thelettuceedge.wordpress.com/ She writes about momhood and also Jewish culture & food & organic farming.

  2. hannahg20 says:


    This is brilliant! Your mom shared the link with me, and I’m loving it already. I go to an office 4 days a week and have only one little one, but so much of what you have written rings true for me. I was just talking with a friend the other day about how to be spiritual person while being a mom. She pointed out that the act of giving up of yourself over and over again is bigger than any spiritual practice. So true!

    Thank you for sharing and keep writing!

    Hannah Guedenet

    p.s. Melanie–I added your friend’s blog to my list too…good stuff!

    • Julia says:

      Thank you SO much! I am really encouraged by your words, and glad that you were able to connect with what I’ve written so far. Actually, I knew from the moment you starting speaking in church about The Wire that we could be friends! Hope to see you soon.

  3. Lara says:

    Um, yeah. I think you took the words right out of my mouth. I SO get this, even the writing fiction part. And the onesie your son is wearing in that photo? We used to have the same one. The more I learn about you the more I think we were made to be blog brothers. (Get it? Like blood brothers but blog brothers.) Am I being stalkerish again?

  4. I have just started reading your blog today – very dry and witty – a likeminded approach to this writing and parenting – brilliant !

  5. The Waiting says:

    Love love love this About page, and it just so happens that I completely agree with you. It is so hard to find that balance between our all-encompassing motherhood and everything we are outside of it, but like you, I’m trying to find it through blogging.

    • Julia says:

      Thanks! I got a glimpse of your blog when it was recommended to me through WordPress, and I instantly knew you’d be a kindred blogging spirit, too!

  6. Sharlene ratcliff says:

    Hi, hoping you can help me for Halloween. My twins ( turning 3 in feb) are obsessed with Madeline. Where do you get your costume?!! I’m desperate to surprise then with Madeline and pepino costumes this year 🙂


    • Julia says:

      We actually ordered it online (I think through Amazon) several years ago, but it is not available through amazon anymore. My best advice would be to keep looking online – I’ve never seen Madeline costumes sold in stores. I’m not sure if there are any Pepito costumes at all, either. We still love Madeline around here so I understand the obsession! I found a lot of good deals on toys on Ebay, too. Good luck!

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