M.E. // Hi folks! I’m Mary Evelyn– school librarian, old-fashioned cocktail drinker, song maker-upper, blogger, wife, mama, Orthodox Christian.  This is far from my childhood dream of becoming a clown/ballerina, which sounds scary but would probably have been pretty great for unisex birthday parties.  I love my handsome husband, my spunky toddler, and my little space here in Columbus, Ohio.  Also, Arrested Development.  I love that too.

In 2012 I found out that I was expecting a baby boy.  I also learned that he would be born with a birth defect called Spina Bifida— a neural tube defect in which the spinal column does not close completely.  Since then I’m just learning— what it means to be a mother, what it means to live with a disability, and how being honest and vulnerable opens us up to so much good.

The Boys // Greg in five words: hunky, patient, athletic, kind, pun-maker.  Simeon in five words: munchable, crazy-haired, patient, affectionate, ornery.

 The Blog // I started this blog back in 2012. I write about living our new normal– the good, the bad, and the laughable.  I want this to be a place where I can share honestly. We laugh a lot around here.  I like to think all matters are laughing matters, if you want them to be.

I chose the name What Do You Do, Dear? based on one of my favorite childhood books by Sesyle Joslin.  It’s all about surprises, expecting the unexpected, and staying poised in ridiculous situations (like when a cowboy tries to kidnap you from the library! Egads!).  Also, it’s illustrated by Maurice Sendak who is kind of a genius.

Whether you’re living an adventurous “normal” or an ever changing “new normal” come on in– we have more in common than you think.



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Simeon’s birthday and the days that followed:

//To make you laugh (at my expense)\\
Diagnosis: Severe Hottie
The Internet (people read it)
Here’s my dumbest fear– what’s yours?
Breaking bed
I laugh at my kid (and you can too)
I’m feeling better (just like I trolled you I would)
That time I cancelled Christmas
A hard pill to swallow
Taylor Swift is bananas (and I keep coming back for more)
Old Kutcher Face
Just when I think I’ve lost my sense of humor