Marcie Shea is Richmond native currently living in the WestEnd. She is a mom to two young children, wife, dressmaker, former physics teacher, breast cancer survivor, and joy chooser.

Where Are You Going? {2021} The Importance of a Family Motto

Your family is headed in a direction. Do you know what direction that is? Is it the direction you want them to go? Last year it was in vogue for everyone to pick their “word”...

Festivus aka Motherhood

Frank Constanza can declare "Festivus for the rest of us!" all he wants, but as moms of toddlers, we're already there. The Airing of Grievances  While grown-ups may need a made-up holiday to have the courage...

To Santa or Not To Santa?

The Santa decision is a big one for families that celebrate Christmas. There is no one best approach. I'm not going to begin to suggest what I think is best for your family. That's...

Education is About More Than Grades {Why We Chose Public Schools}

We live in the West End nestled between some of the city’s most prestigious private schools. But when it came time to enroll my son in kindergarten, we didn’t even consider them. We chose...

It’s Not Just About Pay: The Real Struggle of Teachers

Teacher pay is getting a lot of national attention right now. And it should. The salaries we pay our teachers are unacceptable. At a recent teacher retention summit by the Virginia Department of Education, teachers on...

We Aren’t Packing Shoeboxes This Year

For the last 5 years, we have packed shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. This year, we won’t. Operation Christmas Child is a branch of Samaritan’s Purse that delivers millions of shoeboxes to children around the...

5 Strategies for Siblings Becoming Best Friends

My kids have this epic friendship with each other. They always have. They aren't just siblings; they are best friends. There is no silver bullet to ensuring your kids are best friends. Experts say that...

From Cloudy to Confident – The Eyes of an Anxious Child

Last year, my son went to kindergarten. This year, he is in first grade. And he just looks different. Sure he has grown taller and lost his first tooth…but that’s not it. It’s in...

The Final {Kindergarten} Countdown

Two weeks from today, public schools start here in RVA. Administrators and lead teachers have already returned for the new year. So, you could say that we are in the final countdown to back...

The Family Table: Homemade Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Nothing says summer like a scoop of ice cream on the back porch after dinner. Dessert is a rare treat at our house so I want all the bang for my sugar buck and...