jen groeber: mama art

4 kids in 3 years: reflections on motherhood, art and life.

Tag Archives: children

I’m Learning to Fly (But I Ain’t Got Wings)

“You know which one was my favorite, don’t you?” I asked my husband as we sat side by side last night catching up on Ray Donovan. We’d paused the episode … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 14 Comments

Two-Wheelers, Piano Recitals and Lost Teeth

I went for a run today. Just a week ago on my run there was still snow on the ground deep in the woods, tucked in the valleys, with a gray fog … Continue reading

April 30, 2015 · 13 Comments

A Dream About Love

I had a dream about my brother Butchie last night. He was wearing footy pajamas, the kind that zip up the front, all fleecy and precious. The kind my children … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 14 Comments

Memento Mori, the Baby’s Dress

I’ve been busy. You know, busy with that other thing I do besides being a mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, blogger (that still feels so weird to type), runner, and … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · 15 Comments

Typhoid Mary, A Poem

There was a girl named Mary Mallon one hundred years ago She lived in the city that never sleeps, moving from home to home An Irish cook, some would call … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · 10 Comments

4 Thunder Road, Cape Cod, New Jersey (for my Dad)

This is us, creating a sense of time and place for our children. Last night at bedtime, after the teeth were flossed and brushed, the pajamas put on, the stories … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · 15 Comments

Guest Blog, Yo! The Things We Carry With Us

Guess what. I’m not here. I’m HERE! Wait, let me explain. Remember when I said I hadn’t even read a blog before writing one, except maybe the craniosynostosis one? (And … Continue reading

February 9, 2014 · 6 Comments

Cleaning House: The Craft Table

This is the part I wrote two weeks ago: Once a week I take all the recycling piled in the mud room out to the garage, put it in five … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · 17 Comments

Give Me Strength

Today I had one of those mornings. You know the mornings I mean. I woke up a little late; he wouldn’t get his clothes on and rolled his eyes when … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · 14 Comments

What Kind of Mama Are You? (A Cosmo-Style Quiz)

1. It’s 7am. You open the dishwasher and pull out your kids’ four favorite farm animal plates, their four juice cups, pour some milk, slice some bread, cut up some … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · 12 Comments

Why I don’t curse. (Because I’m a good girl, that’s why…)

When I was a kid, a young kid, like with a Benjamin Franklin lunchbox with a Liberty Bell cartoon on it, I was what they call “a pottymouth”. I was … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · 8 Comments

Becoming a Parent

Do you remember the first time you held a newborn? I was sitting in my sister’s house. She pulled out a boob that no longer even faintly resembled mine (we … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · 12 Comments

Sledding and Cocoa

I love sledding. I mean, I really love sledding.  When I was first married, my husband and I lived in a haunted mansion in Philadelphia. Seriously. It was so haunted … Continue reading

January 5, 2014 · 11 Comments

Elf on the Shelf: A Poem

Twas the midnight before December and all through the house There I was tip-toeing, just like a big mouse, Looking in places you’d never go look For a cute little … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · 11 Comments

In Case They Need Me

Mica handed me one of those annoying Tinker Toy pieces today. You know the one. The wooden wheel with the holes for spokes? And of course, there was a yellow … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

I am a bag lady.

I am a bag lady. When I (finally) got pregnant with Jasper, a wise woman who was a mentor, colleague and friend gave me a bag as a baby gift. … Continue reading

November 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

She’s Runnin’ with the Devil

No one told me that motherhood would be like a bad college boyfriend. I mean, if one of my kids told me they were in a relationship with someone who … Continue reading

November 3, 2013 · 13 Comments

Today is Your Birthdays (Twins, Actual Size)

Tim read in one of his edu-pedagogy books that it’s important for children to be connected to their family history. Each night at dinner we began adding to the lore … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · 8 Comments

Mama Makes Art (and I Ain’t Lion)

So I have an art exhibit hanging somewhere. (At Pingree School, Bertolon Gallery, opening party at 6 pm on Nov. 5th, 2013, but who’s asking?) I write this because the … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

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