Welcome to Rainey Days

Hi! My name is Megan, and I created this Web site when my daughter, Rainey, was born as a way to capture the exhilarating yet fleeting and frustrating moments of motherhood.

Back in the infant phase, of her life and this site, I wrote the tagline, “an online journal of life with my daughter,” but I dropped the last three words when two more kids came along and it became apparent my writing is not just about mothering. It’s about life, all of it.

Still, these two callings of mine–mother and writer–are intricately related, and stringing words together here is how I untangle this messy world of mothering and all the other mysterious, magical moments in between. I hope you enjoy our stories.

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About Me

MeganMy name is Megan, but I answer to Meg, Mama, and sometimes even Molly, my rando childhood nickname. I was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, raised in rural Pennsylvania, and lived in Georgia, Missouri, Montana, and Oregon after graduating from college in Syracuse, New York. That’s where I met my husband, Scott, a red-headed hockey player from Wisconsin who captured my heart on an ice rink in Buffalo. He skated onto the ice wearing his jersey on backwards, and I knew we belonged together. We married on October 6, 1996, lived across the country for the first eight years of our marriage, and finally settled down in my hometown with our three kids.

Before they came along I worked as a Web designer and television producer. But these days, I'm a stay-at-home mom. One who homeschools and drives a mini-van, two things I swore I’d never do. I’ve always wanted to write, though, and in 2001, after reading Anne Lamott’s Operating Instructions, I created this Web site to chronicle the first year of my oldest daughter’s life. When I gave birth to her, I gave birth to a story, and several years and two kids later, I'm still telling it.

All of us who have given birth to a baby, to a story, know that it is ultimately mystery, closely knit to God's own creative activities which did not stop at the beginning of the universe. God is constantly creating, in us, through us, with us, and to co-create with God is our human calling. - Madeline L’Engle

So here you can read stories about my family and my faith, about marriage and motherhood. You can also see photos I’ve taken and artwork my kids have created, but I’ll spare you my failed recipes, DIY disasters, and unfashionable style tips. The Internet is a better place without them.

I never give parenting advice or pontificate on theology, for reasons that will become clear if you stick around long enough, but I always try to write about everyday life with a little humor and my whole heart. I hope you think of me as your funny, Jesus-y friend. With tiny self-disclosure issues.

I try to post regularly, but someone is always hungry, crying, or out of clean underwear around here, so thanks for understanding. And thanks for letting me share with you what God's spelling out in my soul. I'm really glad you came.

In Recent Days

Needing a Prescription to Lead a “Normal” Life

Sitting at the kitchen island finishing homework, she catches me off guard with her concern. “Are you okay, Mom?” I ignore the question at first, hoping she doesn’t see me hide the white paper bag of … [Read More...]

Everyone Needs Compassion

“They’re not that different from us,” I whisper to my middle child, the girl on my lap whose ponytail’s tickling my nose. But she’s not so sure, so I introduce her to Lena, who likes art and wears … [Read More...]

A Walk Among Wildflowers

We head out this morning, a day my daughter and I are supposed to spend together, in a hurry. I’m late for my hair appointment, and we don’t have time for that chai tea I promised her. She doesn’t … [Read More...]

Contact

You've got a story to tell, too, don't you? I'd love to hear it. I also love email, so why not send some to me at meg@raineydays.org. I promise to respond just as soon as I finish folding my laundry.