Slowing Down and Seeing God Through My Camera Lens

I take a lot of pictures. I mean, a lot of pictures. Ever since we bought one of those cameras that makes a regular mom look like a semi-capable photographer, I have probably taken somewhere in the thousands. I easily unload 100+ a week from my smart card. Sometimes I worry that I’m guilty of watching life happen through a lens rather than right in front of me. But other times, I know that my kids -- my babies -- are growing up in a blur and I feel that if don’t snap those precious moments, they might just fade away. ...more
I love this.  I feel the same way so often.  I don't want to take pictures with the idea of ...more

The End

Every summer we take a trip to Montauk with our cousins. It has become a family tradition that we look forward to all year. We pack the minivan to capacity and head out on NY-27 to the End, as Montauk is often referred to. Once we finally arrive at our dive motel, the kids’ scream “Montauk!” and the fun begins.Most people would define vacation as a time devoted to rest and relaxation. But our kids never seem to get that memo. Strangely, their energy level seems to increase exponentially as the days goes by....more

Summer Tortellini Pasta Salad

Is It Really Over?

We had a very busy summer. Full of laughter, swimming, cook outs, gardening, travel, and a wee bit of drama.Way more living than can be crammed into one little blog post.Instead, we'll hit the high points. 9 of them to be exact...  ...more

End of summer musings

Whether I'm ready to accept the fact or not, summer - such as it was, weather-wise - is fast coming to an end as the month of September approaches at what seems like lightning speed. The imminent arrival of autumn is usually a good thing - it's my favourite season, after all - but for the first time in as long as I can remember, I am actually experiencing a twinge of melancholy that summer is almost over. ...more

Jojo Moyes' Me Before You & Plum Crostata

Love stories fall into two camps. There are those that are epic, tragic and beloved. And there are those that are overwrought, exaggerated and ridiculed. JoJo Moyes’ Me Before You introduces a third category, one in which the romantic relationship takes a back seat to larger issues at play in a way that simultaneously respects and amplifies the characters’ love beautifully....more
@Karen Ballum Thank you so much, Karen! I feature book reviews and recipes every week. Hope you ...more

Summer skirt ideas

We're halfway through what I believe to be the best month of the year, august! With sun, family days out and ice-cream, what can go wrong? Well with that said, we need to bare in mind that with new summer weather comes new summer outfits. And this blog post will give some skirt ideas to wear in the summer heat....more

T'was the night before school starts...

T’was the night before school starts, and all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, except maybe the cat, who was hunting a fly, The backpacks were hung by the front door on hooks, Filled with snacks, pencils, and shiny new notebooks. The children were all snuggled down in their beds, While visions of desks and recess danced in their heads. And me in my nighty and daddy in his shorts stomped all our feet, While planning healthy lunches the children would maybe, hopefully, be willing to eat. ...more
*Love*   Happy first day of school to you.more

Pineapple Popsicles - a recipe for the kiddos!

yum! seriously easy, this refreshing treat is perfect for these super hot august summer days. open a can of pineapple - we used dole pineapple chunks in pineapple juice; no added sugars or weirdness ...more

An Open Letter to Summer: How You Betray Me

I knew this day would come....more