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 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-hair, smiley, patient, affectionate.

 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 a book by Sesyle Joslin.  It's all about staying poised in ridiculous and stressful 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.

So, if you're a mom living an adventurous "new normal," come on in-- I'm with ya. 

If you're a mom living an adventurous "typical," you're welcome too (we have more in common than you think).


//Learn more about our story here\\  
Simeon's birthday and the days that followed:

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  1. Glad I stumbled upon your blog today! We live the same "what do you do dear" life. We are Ohioans too & was just in Columbus this past weekend! Nice to meet here! Stop by our world too...www.hellobutter.com

    1. Your little girl is precious! And she has some great looking wheels. Glad you found me!

  2. I love this page! Just (finally) followed on Bloglovin' and I'm looking forward to going back and reading through archives too=)

  3. I'm really excited about finding your blog. You and your family are beautiful xx

  4. Hi there, I've been glued to your blog during every nap that my son has taken today. Holy moly do I relate to so many of your thoughts and feelings. My son is 6 months old and has a severe form Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bones). Thank you for sharing your life. I look forward to following on bloglovin :) - Vicky

  5. You had me at Arrested Development. Actually, you had me at comparing your faith to a big slippery fish at Karissa Knox Sorrell's Wednesday Wrestling. Now I'm hooked.

  6. You had me at Arrested Development! Actually, you had me at your comparison of your faith to a big, slippery fish on Karissa Knox Sorrell's Wednesday Wrestling. But now I'm hooked.

  7. Wonderful to find your story, and you, here, in this space. May God bring you all many years together. I look forward to following your path...


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