What on Earth Is a Birth Plan?

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Having a baby today is so much different than it was 20 years ago. When I was was pregnant 20 years ago, two birth plans existed: Vaginal delivery or cesarean. There wasn't a choice between the two. A ...more

Stop Minimizing Molestation

Some people are downright gleeful that the Duggars’ aren’t so perfect and are celebrating their "fall from grace." Did I miss something? We are talking about a young man who molested young girls, right? Who cares how it makes his family look? What ...more

What Does That Even Mean?

A few days ago a young, newly married, Facebook friend of mine posted an article entitled Why My Husband Will Always Come Before My Kids by Amber Doty. In this article, Doty discusses her policy of always prioritizing the needs of her husband over ...more

Their Stories Matter Too

Being a mom blogger, I read countless stories about the antics of toddlers and the pain of watching babies grow into rambunctious tweens. I’ve written my fair share of 10 Things I Want My Child to Know articles and how being a mother has changed ...more

5 Types of People I Hope My Children Never Become

Throughout my life, I have had both the pleasure and displeasure of meeting all different kinds of people. And in doing so, I have figured out the type of person I hope to be, the types of people I want to associate with, and even the people I try to ...more

Josh Duggar Shows Why We Should Not Minimize Molestation

Some people are downright gleeful that the Duggars’ aren’t so perfect and are celebrating their "fall from grace." Did I miss something? We are talking about a young man who molested young girls, right? Who cares how it makes his family look? What about his victims? ...more
I had to speak up today on my blog. Not enough discussion about what we are saying to VICTIMS in ...more

Parenting Is Work Regardless of Your Job

Lately, I feel like articles about stay-at-home parents are exploding: How they're working, too. How it's difficult to get anything done with kids around. How you have no privacy. The lists go on and on. ...more
Well said! Thank you for this! Couldn't agree more and it's good to see I'm not alone. \U0001f600more

6 Great Tips to Help Exercise Happen After Baby

The other night Dave and I were chatting with a group of friends, and one couple, who is expecting their first baby, asked us what the hardest part of adjusting to new parenthood was. It's a tough question, but I said that the most difficult part for me was definitely feeling like my old life was over and there was this vast unknown of what a "normal" day as a mom looked like. Not to mention what a normal week, month, year, etc. would entail. Needless to say it's a huge life change and can be a little overwhelming. ...more

Racing Thoughts

It has been awhile since I wrote here on a regular basis, but that's because I've been going through lots of changes.  I took a full-time job, my kids are growing and changing and busy all the time, my commitments outside of home and work have become more consistent, blah, blah, blah...I know.  The one thing that hasn't changed, though, is my desire to share my thoughts here on this blog.  At the beginning of 2015 I started a gratitude journal, but I honestly struggled to come up with 3 fresh things to be grateful for every morning....more

Life is tough, but so are you!

Dear Diary,...more

Unknown But To God

Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God "Tomb of the Unknowns, with U.S. Navy sailor and woman, May 1943" by John Collier, FSA/OWI - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID fsac.1a34525.Commons:Licensing Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. ...more

digging, building, growing. tyler graduated. i choked. we laugh.

My head has been busy and I haven't been able to focus on one thing for a week. I've sat down to write, and I know the tune, but I can't remember the words. So after staring at a keyboard or going mindlessly from web page to web page looking for the unknown lyrics, I got up and did things ....more


This rainy, dreary weekend was apparently a "two book" one. I was able to escape to Centralia (a town in Pennsylvania) by Mike Dellosso....more

Chili Dip With A Kick

Do you ever need an easy but yummy dip recipe? I've got you covered with this chili dip that we use all the time! It's definitely a crowd pleaser ....more

Mom’s Summer ToolKit for Kids

It’s a big transition for moms and kids to switch from busy school days to laid back summer days. Mom and kids can get stir-crazy if there’s not a summer plan! That’s why I’ve created this simple, summer toolkit that moms and kids will love! ...more

Roasted Green Beans with Sriracha Rémoulade

So simple but it seems so fancy. This was a hit with our kids, too! Leftover Sriracha Rémoulade is awesome on burgers or sandwiches.Roasted Green Beans1 lb fresh green beans, washed and trimmed1 Tbsp olive oil1/2 tsp salt, divided1/4 tsp pepper Preheat oven to 425 degrees F ....more

One Last Post About San Francisco

Last post about our vacation, I promise! I couldn't help chiming with a few comments....more

Teaching Kids About Memorial Day

It’s always been important to me to educate my kids on where National holidays came from and what they mean, Memorial Day is one that often gets lumped in with Veteran’s Day or even the 4th of July and while they are similar, they are all individual holidays remembering/celebrating/memorializing different things. ...more