Abby is a mom to three boys, (ages 15, 10 and 8), who spends her time perfecting the art of identifying socks that have been worn for more than one day. Abby's journey to parenthood started with her marriage to Beth when Abby became a step-mom. From there, Abby and Beth adopted their other children. Abby works full time in a job that provides her the opportunity to travel to other states. Outside of work, Abby is passionate about foster-care reform, social justice and knitting.

Parenting a Teen:: The Cat Years

I thought I would hit my stride when my kids became teenagers. Truth be told, I didn’t love the baby stage. The toddler years were fun but exhausting. Elementary age was wonderful. The kids were...

Parenting Tall Kids

"He needs to order off of the adult’s menu." This is a typical statement made by restaurant servers. Our kids are tall, like really tall. At almost fourteen, our oldest is creeping up on six...

Three Things About Being a Two-Mom Family

For the most part, our two-mom family looks like other families. We work, the kids go to school, there are endless after-school activities and battles over homework. Thanks to marriage equality, TV shows like...

I’m the Mom Who Doesn’t Drink

Have a bad day? A glass of wine can fix that. Celebrating something? Beers with friends are in order. It’s Tuesday? A margarita goes with that taco. We are a drinking culture. But as a non-drinker, I...

Splashing Into Swim Safety at Goldfish Swim School

I grew up minutes from the Pacific Ocean and swimming was a huge part of my childhood. I love everything about being in the water. It is my calm, happy place. My kids have...

Parenting Children of A Different Race

When we became foster parents, we expected that children placed in our home would potentially be a different race than us. We welcomed this. We didn’t have a preference for the race or gender...

Awaiting the Diagnosis

“Mrs. Collier, we’d like you to bring him back into the clinic for additional testing. His labs were abnormal.” My heart sank. What could be wrong with my little guy? He’s been sick his whole...

The Holidays as a Blended Family

Surviving the holidays as a blended family isn’t always easy. I never imagined I would be a step-mother. Well, I never imagined that I would be a mom, but that’s a blog for a different...

My Six-year-Old’s iPad

“Mama, when we get home can I check my text messages?” my six-year-old recently asked after running a few errands with me. Before I had kids, I swore my future children would not have portable...

To My Son on His Adoption Day

My dearest Tanner, I’ve dreamed of this day since the moment we heard about you. It’s been 2426 days and part of me doesn’t believe it is finally here. The bang of a gavel will...