5 Reasons Large Families Rule

I have read several articles lately about the downsides of coming from a large family, and I must say that after reading the first one, I was ready to write THIS post to set the record straight. I realize that everyone’s family experience is ...more

Don't Give Live Animals As Easter Gifts

Live animals don’t belong in Easter baskets. As adorable as baby bunnies, chicks, and ducks may be, they aren’t great gifts. They require an intense level of care and have life expectancies of up to around 20 years.  ...more

Thanks, Judy Blume!

The book Are You There, God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume, who recently celebrated her 77th birthday, is the reason behind my first “sex” talk with my mother. I don’t remember how old I was, maybe eight or nine when I read the book, but I do ...more

Hold On, My Child

My youngest son Liam is currently obsessed with Harry Potter. This is not surprising, given that my husband, my oldest son Ronan, and I are also in love with the wizarding world that J.K. Rowling created, and encourage the frequent reading and ...more

These Kids Love Their School, But NC Is Closing It

In the United States, the National Education Association estimates that three out of every four students with disabilities spend part or all of their school day in a general education classroom. For students with special needs like Autism, Fetal ...more

5 Things Your Babysitter Wants You to Know

Aside from child care during the day for working parents, the next most stressful decision when it comes to the care of your child(ren) is the choice of a babysitter. ...more

Self-Care Isn't Selfish

I bought a tin of Marcona almonds, which are fried in olive oil and sprinkled with salt, priced at $8 for four ounces of nuts. That same week, I treated myself to a manicure and overpriced pressed juice. I regret nothing. These are minor indulgences, which remind me of my former life, back before I became a mom. More importantly, I've chosen to keep them as part of my life now, toddler and all. It wasn't always this way. ...more
I love this! I don't have kids yet (do doggies count?:)), but I do identify with this post. Work ...more

April 1st: The Day the Internet Changed My Life

No joke: Tomorrow is a very special and wonderful anniversary for me. Seven years ago today the internet helped me have a baby. Seriously. Wait. Do you not know this story? Oh, it's a good one. And it's nice to be reminded that the people on the other end of the wires and tubes and webs of our computing devices are as connected to us as we will allow them to be. ...more
Dresden, I didn't know this part of your story and all I can say is WOW! Anyone who thinks that ...more

Slow Enough to Make a Difference

This morning the light of the sun stirred a fierce desire in me to get out of the house and to break in my new running shoes. But with no husband at home, three children under the age of 4, and no jogging stroller to call my own, my prospects for a good workout were dismal at best. But I am an eternal optimist, "Maybe if I just get out of the house, it'll work out better than I think it can!" ...more

Three Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

Family is coming into town, we’re preparing for Marlowe’s baptism (on Easter! What a great day!) and tomorrow I’m planning on dying eggs with all of Liv’s friends during my weekly Thursday morning mom day (best work decision ever). Looking back over the past few years we’ve tried out different dying techniques ....more

The Big 5 Life Lessons to pass on to your kids

I’ve been thinking about life lessons to pass onto my daughter recently and have been getting a bit overwhelmed with the emotion of it all. I’ve been poorly this year, and it got me thinking: What if I can’t be around for my daughter? Who is going to help her along life’s journey?Life is so big and she is so small. I can’t profess to have all the answers. I am still learning everyday myself. I’ve bottled my thoughts on life lessons down to five that I would like to pass on to my daughter....more

That Catholic Girl Podcast {Episode 4: My Conversion to Catholicism}

The day our family was received into the Catholic Church. It’s Holy Week, which means that all over the world, people...more

Dreaming of Sleep

Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Restonic and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. #GoToBed When there is a newborn in your room, let’s face it…you’re not going to be getting a lot of sleep ....more

Family Life Weekend to Remember Review

My husband and I were recently blessed to spend a weekend at a Family Life Weekend to Remember Getaway...more

hope spoken weekend

well i am home from a really good weekend at Hope Spoken in Dallas. i have been trying to write this post for three days but life is busy! appointments and carpool and dinner and groceries and puppies and chickens and everything! ...more

Connecting is always best

Common questions and comments among social media groups dedicated to connecting and trust-based parenting principles are inquiries such as: How do I know if it’s a normal kid issue or attachment/adoption/trauma related? My child is bonded to us, but she still lies/hoards/kicks/rages/manipulates… How do you explain why you parent the adopted/foster children in your family differently? When our family first was exposed to trust-based parenting, we had a lot of the same questions ....more

Teachers Need #Edcamps

Yesterday marks another celebratory moment at our public school. Our...more