10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Young Mom

Motherhood came to me a lot earlier than I ever thought it would. I became a mom two months after my 19th birthday. I don't usually like to volunteer that information. I like for people to assume that I'm pushing 30 when I go somewhere with my three ...more

Pregnancy After the Heartbreak of Miscarriage

For 16 long months I waited to get pregnant. I took my temperature every morning. I took all the ovulation tests. I tracked my symptoms. I took pregnancies tests. I got my hopes up. And for 16 long months I was disappointed. My heart was broken. Of ...more

How Can We Do Better By Our Autistic Girls?

Autism is different for girls, and not only because fewer girls than boys get autism diagnoses. Autistic women and girls not only tend to have different traits than autistic boys do, but are also socialized differently -- leading to many of those ...more

If You See My Teen Doing Any of These Things -- Tell Me!

These days of parenting are different, aren't they? We're on a hair-raising new frontier of child-raising that grows more technologically complicated and confounding with every new iteration of "iDevice," social media platform, and social sharing ...more

8 Ways For Parents to Survive Youth Sports

I fondly remember vacations from youth sports, that precious week or two between the end of one season and the beginning of another. I power-walked at the local field without suffering a concussion from random fly balls. I shopped for groceries ...more

9 Ways to Celebrate Leap Day

I'm always on a hunt for more time to spend with family, do the laundry, read a great book, sleep, and many of my friends feel the same way. Just last week I had a conversation with a friend about how we'd like 30-hour days -- with everyone else staying at 24-hours. Only then, we might feel like we really had a chance to get caught up. ...more

What I've Learned From My Brother's Suicide

Being the oldest child gave me a few privileges growing up. One that I remember clearly was being able to stay up later than my brother. It was probably only 15 to 20 minutes later, but being eight or nine years old at the time, it seemed like I was up until midnight! ...more
Thank you for sharing your story. My sister took her own life. It does suck.more

Learning How to Say No

I think one of the hardest parts of life is saying no. If you are a parent, you might be constantly saying no to your children. It starts to get easier. However, when it comes to helping and volunteering for things, I have a very hard time saying no to people and commitments. Perhaps it's the mother in me. Moms are very giving people who are willing to sacrifice their own time and energy for others. ...more
Learning to say no to co-workers, friends, family, and even my own children at times has helped ...more

Walking On Sunshine

All day yesterday that song was stuck in my head. ...more

Oh Good Now We Can Rock

So after my ill considered yoga experiment I've been so sore I can barely lift my arms. I'm blaming yoga however I just realized I also did circuit workout that same day so it's probably a terrible combo of the two. I spent my day not being to lift my arms up to do things like, hang up my coat at work because that hook was just UP SO FAR.But I came home and decided to do some light working out on the total gym and just stretched a lot ....more

When You're Gone

I think I've posted about almost every trip away from me and the kids that Mike has ever taken. It's a fairly monumental thing around here because he does not travel much at all (praise be!), and I become a bit of an emotional basket-case leading up to the time that he is leaving. I've learned to cope with the actual time that he is gone much better than the very first trip that he took, during which I think I cried 75% of the time and called him telling him how awful everything was the other 25%, I tried to keep things balanced at least.But seriously I DO NOT know how you wives of frequently traveling husbands do it, and I truly- truly- stand in complete awe of you ....more

Listening:  Porches PoolI

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My signature color is blue... apparently.

I was going to write a post that would feel like we were having a deep heart-to-heart....more

Turn It Up Tuesday {#125}

Welcome to the 125th week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thank you for stopping by and linking up with us this week, and every week, as we have some fun linking up and getting to know each other! We had quite an amazing week last week, and it’s because of all of you! ...more

The Night (Before) You Were Born

Jackson,Well, here we are! ...more

Catching Up: More Fall Snapshots

Waiting for big sisters at voice lessons Found mommy's reading glasses :) Donut date with friends (including one of my favorite friends, Aunt Lolo, visiting from Florida!!)(Many of these photos are hers, btw!) Walk on the farm Lolo meets Matilda (I think she likes her) (We all do!) Afternoon outside Sister snuggle time Family snuggle time More from Fall on the Farm next time.. ....more

What I Really Want For Valentine's Day

flowers are nice but a nap would be better.... Dear Husband and Father Of My Offspring, I know we rarely exchange gifts on Valentine's Day but this year just feels like a year to give. I mean, we both know we won't get a sitter so we might as well plan to stay home and live it up Toddler Parent Style so go ahead and grab me a little something from this list in the name of keeping things "spicy"in our union ....more

Baby boy's hospital bag + freshly picked giveaway

With less than four weeks left I'm trying to get everything done and ready for this baby! I have no reason to think he'll be coming early, but it's nice to feel ready just in case. ...more