jen groeber: mama art

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

Tag Archives: memory

On Grief and Farm Stands

I was picking up our share at the local farm today. It’s been a long week with a boil water ban due to a water main break. It was strange … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · 21 Comments

The Weightlessness of Water

I could sit underwater and watch my children swim for hours. Well, not hours. I’m no David Blaine. I can only hold my breath for about four times as long … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · 9 Comments

What I Remember, There You Are

It begins like this. My alarm goes off and I get out of bed. My husband is already awake, because he is an early bird.  I get out of bed, … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · 30 Comments

Going Home for the Funeral

I need to go home. There’s another funeral, and you always go to the funeral. In fact, funerals have become the only time I go home now, and it has … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 30 Comments

Interview With My Mom, An Education

My Mom’s a talker. She can talk on and on and on. Which means I come by it honestly, anyway. And although I never expected it, I realize now that … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · 27 Comments

The Nose, A Life in Smells

We have a smeller in the house. One would think I mean that we have someone who’s making the house smell bad, which isn’t that inaccurate. All four of my … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · 20 Comments

One Year Blog-o-versary, 100 Years

It’s been a year in the blogosphere since I first began, and I had such high hopes. I wanted to write a one year post with that song 100 Years by … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · 22 Comments

One Season Following Another…

The marsh grass along the path to the beach is just beginning to turn orange at the edges. It’s a subtle thing, like a gray hair at your temple, but … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · 13 Comments

Ocean Stones and Memories

Summer is the time for visiting with family. The summer months are just brimming with relatives. And it’s so necessary, this grounding, these reminders of where you came from. But … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 19 Comments

The Things We Give Away (The Things We Save)

My sister just texted me asking if I wanted the “birth vases.” There’s one of mine and one of Butchie’s and the jury’s still out as to whether my other … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 22 Comments

Graduation-ing (It’s Not Gradual)

This week is graduation week and there is nothing gradual about it. It comes in like a lion and goes out like a lion, all roaring emotion and event after … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · 18 Comments

It’s the Little Things

All the big stuff is mostly done: the auction auctioned, the art show hung, the birthday party partied, even school is almost finished. This Sunday was a day of rest. … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · 15 Comments

The Family Road Trip

There’s a radio station on the web called Pandora. And like it’s namesake, you type in your favorite artist and WHOOSH, that artist plus hundreds of similar artists fly out … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · 12 Comments

A Blanket of Children

These days seem to be more and more filled with distancing moments. Moments when I try to manage my five-year-old daughter’s Mean Girl moments and she rolls her eyes and … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · 17 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

Forgetting to Remember

I thought of this thing today, but then it left my mind. It left my mind amidst the tumble of things I’m supposed to be doing, the school auction, the … Continue reading

April 15, 2014 · 16 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

Today is the Day

Today is the day. Today is the day we all woke up late and groggy and grouchy because of the high school holiday concert last night that began at 7:30 … Continue reading

December 13, 2013 · 5 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

The Song and My Father

I’ve been wanting to write something. I’ve been wanting to write two somethings, actually. One something begins like this. It finally happened. Today, driving in the minivan, I heard the … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · 19 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

Picture Day?! Seriously?

I missed picture day last Monday. I mean, my kids were at school and everything, but Reid was dressed like a polka dot Oompa-Loompa and Mica’s pants didn’t entirely cover … Continue reading

November 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

I have a third arm.

I have a third arm. It grows out of my abdomen and it’s turquoise. With a big white four-fingered glove hand. Like a cross between the monsters from Monsters Inc. … Continue reading

October 29, 2013 · 8 Comments

In the Thick of It (I Remember)

It’s happened again. I met a perfectly wonderful potential new mama-friend and right after I say, “It’s been so great to meet you.Where have you been my whole life?” she … Continue reading

October 26, 2013 · 6 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

First Day of School Looming- Gone, Gone, Gone

True confession. I’ve always scoffed a bit at those first-day-of-kindergarten-posts-with-photos that did anything but celebrate. I knew how I’d feel. Holy cow, kids headed to school? Freedom, Mama! Start the … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · 6 Comments

It’s Almost Like Remembering (Seize the Day)

I wish I had written more during my first six years of motherhood. When I try to remember back, everything looks so fragmented, like a poop-filled, life-flashing-before-my-eyes moment. If I … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 7 Comments

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