Mother of a former 24-week preemie.  Determined advocate for the tiniest of babies. Celebrating life's (sometimes unexpected) miracles and blessings. Parenting three children, ages 8, 7, and 4, with special needs ranging from pervasive low muscle tone to "severe giftedness." Embracing simple joy and making the most of our family time!

Menu Plan: Lots of chicken!

Do Tuesday menu plans annoy you? I hope not, because this schedule is kinda working for me right now! ...more

“My Story… ” Monday: Virginia or Bust

One thing you should know about me is that I really do NOT like driving. I mean, I’m fine driving around familiar places and it doesn’t stress me out to take the kids to activities and stuff right around here, but I loathe the highway, adverse conditions, and, well, most driving. ...more

Fiber One ™ Fruit Flavored Snacks (review)

So, let’s talk about fruit snacks for a minute here. ...more

(More) Frugal, Outsourced Birthday Party Ideas

So, let’s just get this out of the way first– you don’t have to have a birthday party for your kid....more

Leaps of Faith, Report Cards, etc.

Well, good morning to you! ...more

Menu Plan: Buried

And I still appear to be the rebel who doesn’t publish her meal plan on Sunday or Monday... ...more

“My Story… ” Monday: SOLD!

So, if you remember, it was August and we were attempting to sell our condo in South Florida. We were hoping to move to Chesapeake, Virginia– a town to which we had never even been– by the end of September. ...more

A Day to Celebrate Love? Yes, Please!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! ...more

Marriage as a Vocation

I’ve been teaching my second grade church school class about vocations. Our book keeps it really simple and straight-forward, which is something I appreciate: ...more

Commencing the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge

(Disclosure: I received a Target gift card to purchase LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are, as always, my own.) ...more