Melanie Clark

I'm the mama of one lovely lady age 13, one fierce soccer loving girl age 11, and one studly little boy age 5.5 years awesome. I'm a mom by day, NICU nurse by night, runner in warm weather, and wannabe farmer year-round. I love God, a man named Steve, family, and lots of coffee. You can read more at Clark Girls + Boy.
SUMMER in Des Moines activities

5 things to do this summer around Des Moines

Summer makes me giddy. I was born in the summer, and I promise I’ll die in the winter because I won’t be missing a day of warm sunshine. So, what’s to do with the babes...
lessons from nicu nurse

Never alone: Lessons from a NICU Nurse

When I pushed my first daughter from my body after 24 hours of hard, induced labor, (because I needed to hurry up and get back to college classes and winter semester was starting in a...
Only Weeks to Live: Life Changing Perspective | Des Moines Moms Blog

Only Weeks to Live: Life Changing Perspective

Recently, I read an article on Scary Mommy about a mom who was dying, with only weeks to live, now in hospice, and what she wanted to tell us was important to her in...
Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself | Des Moines Moms Blog

Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

I can look back on my time as a mother (it’s been a whopping 13 years), and I can see times that I’ve done well and times that I could have done better and...
When the House Goes Quiet: The Year My Kids Were All in School | Des Moines Moms Blog

When the House Goes Quiet: The Year My Kids Were All in School

It’s like being caught in the middle of an F5 tornado for years and years, swirling around so fast sometimes you can’t catch your breath. There are times when your head hangs low into the...
Dear Daycare

Dear Daycare

Dear Daycare, It is time for us to part ways because my son is old now. Every time you’ve told us it was time for my tiny son to move up from the one-year-old room...

Smooth Operator: Advice for Your Back-to-School Transition

This post is part 3 of 5 in the Back-to-School 2015 series. Back to School (BTS). Ooh.... That little phrase can elicit an array of emotions depending on whose sweet ear it befalls. Fear, joy, remorse, dread,...
The Thing about Teens and Tweens (in Pictures and Quotes)

The Thing about Teens and Tweens (in Pictures and Quotes)

It shocks me sometimes that I have old kids. I have a small one, too, still, and that keeps me from not sobbing outright at school events and award ceremonies or when I drop...
Favorite Fast & Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Des Moines

Favorite Fast and Kid-Friendly Restaurants + 3 Giveaways!

I’m not the only busy one out there. We’ve got soccer. We’ve got softball. We’ve got a toddler and an almost teenager and an in-between. I’ve got a job and my husband does, too....
How I Became a Mother: A Birth Stories Series

How I Became a Mother: A Thank You Story

This post is part 6 of 6 in the series How I Became a Mother. May is the month to celebrate mothers. I have written before about that day I found out I was to...