Only Weeks To Go

I can’t believe that in a short, 11 weeks, James and I will be meeting our little girl. It seems like yesterday I was sitting in the bathroom peeing on a stick and coming out to tell a very anxious man that I was pregnant....more

Why "When Life Gives You Lemons?"

 know the title of my blog is a little cliché to say the least. We have all heard the saying, “when life gives you lemons… (insert catchy phrase here)” I have a hard time coming up with fun or interesting titles for things. I always overthink and get really frustrated because I want my idea to be perfect. When I thought of this title, a light bulb went off!...more

Introducing Potty Training to Your Toddler

Hello, my wonderful nannies and au pairs!(Mommies, daddies and everyone else are equally wonderful and welcome here  ) ...more

Gratitude Linkup - Week of 10/12/14 + 31 Days of Photography

One of the best ways to have perspective, for me, is to remember the things I'm grateful for. There have been times when I've gotten stuck in negativity that I've done a quick gratitude list (in my head or with another) and started on the path of releasing that negativity. Gratitude lists help me to remember what's beautiful and to remain present in my life.Each week, Laurel Regan's Gratitude linkup over at Alphabet Salad is a way for me to share a few of the things I'm grateful for with others....more

Gratitude Linkup - Week of 10/5/14 + 31 Days of Photography

One of the best ways to have perspective, for me, is to remember the things I'm grateful for. There have been times when I've gotten stuck in negativity that I've done a quick gratitude list (in my head or with another) and started on the path of releasing that negativity. Gratitude lists help me to remember what's beautiful and to remain present in my life.Each week, Laurel Regan's Gratitude linkup over at Alphabet Salad is a way for me to share a few of the things I'm grateful for with others....more

The Importance of Pets in Our Child's Life

Making the decision to bring a pet into your family isn’t always easy. There are many things to consider such as the type of pet, cost, housing, etc.  You may be hoping to teach your child responsibility. All of those things are important. But adding a pet into your home can provide priceless experiences you may have not considered before....more

Scapegoating Syndrome-5 Signs

Have you heard of Scapegoating syndrome? I hadn’t heard of it until I randomly came across this post in my facebook feed;  Scapegoating: When You Get Stuck Trying to Outrun Someone Else’s Shadow by Glynis Sherwood.  This article answered many questions for me. It solved a mystery that I just couldn’t figure out....more
survivelivethrive Me too, Jane! This has been a struggle for me but there are some unique ...more

When Home Becomes Hell

To the Grandparents: You Are Not Who You Used to Be

You are not who you used to be. The moment my husband entered the waiting room and smiled the words, "It's a girl," you became something new and different, while being altogether exactly the people we had grown up with. Before that moment, you were our parents. Nothing more. Nothing less. You were the ones who provided for us, comforted us, bailed us out, held us to consequences, and loved us unconditionally whether we cared or not (though we usually did). You were either the gateway or the obstruction to everything we wanted to do and be, depending on the day. ...more
I enjoy being a grandmother.  She's only three now, but soon, she will be old enough to hear all ...more

Passion Crumbled

I've been reading a book by Larry Crabb called Shattered Dreams. He talks about the impossibility to truly know Jesus until we face trials of many kinds; shattered dreams. He proclaims all throughout the book about what it means to feel Jesus, hear Jesus, and rest in His presence....more