“Sons are the anchors of a mother’s life.”


If that is the case, I have three crazy, amazing anchors keeping me grounded and very, very busy these days! If you follow me on Instagram, I’ve been doing a little introduction/update on each of them. I thought it would be nice to also have it all in one place, even if it is just for me, so here is my latest production: Home with the Boys: A Play in Three Acts.


ACT ONE: Big J or JM to his friends and teachers

AGE & GRADE: 13, just finishing up 7th grade

PERSONALITY: extrovert, curious, inventive, leader, witty, intelligent, passionate

INTERESTS: music (trumpet, jazz band, choir, show choir), running, math, science, history, reading, movies, coding, swimming

FAVORITE MOVIE: Guardians of the Galaxy

FAVORITE SONG: “Waving Through a Window” from Dear Evan Hansen

FAVORITE BOOK: Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz or The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

FAVORITE THING ABOUT HIM: I love talking with him. Whether we’re running and chatting about life, talking about movies and music, or hashing through the hard stuff of growing up, he is a great conversationalist and always has the best insights.

SOMETHING HE ALWAYS SAYS: “I will eat you.” 🤣


ACT TWO: Little J (or J-Money, as he says 🤷🏼‍♀️)

AGE & GRADE: almost 11, finishing 5th grade and graduating from elementary school 😢

PERSONALITY: introvert (but lets all the crazy out at home), competitive, funny, smart, justice-oriented, perfectionist, strong-willed

INTERESTS: being active, sports (watching and playing), math, reading, running, tennis, NFL, chips (Fritos are his favorite), music

FAVORITE MOVIE: Avengers: Age of Ultron

FAVORITE SONG: “The Elements” by TobyMac

FAVORITE BOOK: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

FAVORITE THING ABOUT HIM: Watching and talking sports with him is the best. He pays attention to all the details and stats and actually knows what’s going on for most every sport. He reminds me of me at his age (and even now) because he loves watching Sportscenter and knowing all the latest sports news. If only he was a Packers fan, not a Bears fan…

SOMETHING HE ALWAYS SAYS: “Well, actually…” 🤦🏼‍♀️



ACT THREE: Double J or Cubby

AGE & GRADE: 7, finishing 1st grade

PERSONALITY: extrovert, sweet, curious, observant, intelligent, crazy energetic, cuddly, determined, independent

INTERESTS: playing outside, running, tennis, golf, anything that involves being with other people, math, reading, recess, moving all the time, board games

FAVORITE MOVIE: How to Train Your Dragon 3

FAVORITE SONG: “Joy” by For King and Country

FAVORITE BOOK: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

FAVORITE THING ABOUT HIM: He has always been the sweetest, most loving of the boys with his words. When he was little, he would always say, “You’re the prettiest girl in the whole world and you’re pretty!” He is always saying “I love you!” and “You’re the best, Mom!” and “Thank you!” and so on. He also gives the best hugs. I know he’s the youngest, so this level of affection might diminish as he gets older, but I hope it always stays this way!

SOMETHING HE ALWAYS SAYS: “Can I go….?” (always, always, always on the go)

We hope you enjoyed our production of Home with the Boys: A Play in Three Acts! Please drive home safely and come back again soon! 😉

P.S. Would you be interested in an encore about the parents?!