Valentine’s Day. It’s a day for love and romance. A day for kisses and hugs, and wearing your heart on your sleeve. It’s a day when people to give big bouquets of flowers and giant boxes of chocolates to...
Before having children, I could have slept through a tornado. After our two beautiful daughters arrived, the sound of his slippers hitting the floor as he crawled into bed jolted me awake like a fire alarm. None of this...
I’m going to have to pass on your Girl’s Night; I’d rather hang out with my husband and kids. Sorry, not sorry. I feel so relieved to finally say it out loud. I know, it’s cool to complain about and...
Spoiler Alert- Sam and I are not getting a divorce. However, that doesn't mean we don't talk about divorce. Let me explain. Both of us come from families with divorce. We are also a couple that got married at the ripe old...
It’s 7:50 p.m. My children are asleep, soundly. My husband pulls a wooden cigar box out of the credenza in our dining room, an excited gleam in his eye that I don’t often see. I ask for a moment...
If you’re like my husband and me, you know how tricky it is to manage a household budget with kids. We are very organized when it comes to planning and shopping for groceries, maintaining a stock of household items,...
So, have you heard about the Mormon moms on TikTok who got caught up in a swinging scandal? I swear this is not a setup for a joke. There is no punchline coming. Unfortunately.  Let me start by saying if...
Before I became a parent, I heard on more than one occasion how difficult it was to maintain friendships once you have children.  You would watch in TV shows or hear from others that the last thing you feel...
I don’t know what I’m doing. There. I said it… Are you happy, world??? This dad’s life is basically a series of hot messes that I’m desperately trying to contain with Kirkland brand disinfecting wipes. Shout out to Costco for...
When I got divorced, learning how to talk about it with my son did not come easily.  When I first told my 10-year-old son about becoming a contributing writer for BVTMB, he immediately told me “Mom! You should write about...
9 years ago, I was a single mom of a toddler, and I had just escaped an abusive relationship. I knew I wanted a better life for my son and me. I thought I knew exactly what that life...
Let's be real here: Valentine's Day isn't exactly topping anyone's favorite holiday list. The phrase "man-friendly Valentine's Day" may seem like an oxymoron. Some of you are probably thinking Valentine's Day isn't even a real holiday. Well, Halloween isn't...
My family is on the precipice of another major life change: I’m finally making the leap to establish my own business while my husband is beginning a new job. It all feels so exciting, as our prospects for financial...

The Proposal

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Hello, lovely parents of the Internet! I am Gretchin, mom of a wild two-year-old, Ellie, and new contributor to BVT Moms Blog. I’m so happy to be here, to share my stories, and learn from other amazing Vermont moms! I’d...

In + Around Vermont

Moving to the Vermont Gayborhood of Our Dreams

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My wife and I, with our then 2-year-old, moved to Vermont in 2021 from rural Missouri.  While we had great friends and community in Missouri,...
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Why I HATE Fall… Y’all