The Darkness and The Light: Thoughts on Faith During a Difficult Year

One Sunday late last month, I did something I never do. I sent my husband and sons to church without me. We normally go as a four-person family unit, and every third Sunday, the boys and I make the trek alone as my husband works.… The Darkness and The Light: Thoughts on Faith During a Difficult Year is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog ....more

Happy 10: What Marriage Is All About

The boys came down with the sickness this week, like the 50 other kids in their building absent on Monday. We’ve been gently nursing them back to health: Giving ibuprofen when fevers spike and cause headaches. Buying more ibuprofen when we run out.… Happy 10: What Marriage Is All About is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog ....more

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with the Christmas Program

Last Thursday, the third grade put on a Christmas program at the elementary school. They did one during the day for the rest of the grades and one at night for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, neighbors, and so on. BigBrother told me a number of times how excited he felt to stand on stage and sing the songs.… 52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One with the Christmas Program is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog ....more

How to Make a Wine Cork Christmas Tree

I originally started saving wine corks to make a shadow box of corks for our eventual basement bar renovation. Since that project won’t be started any time soon, I started thinking about making a wine cork heart to hang in the dining room.… How to Make a Wine Cork Christmas Tree is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog. Want more of Stop, Drop and Blog? ...more

A Runner’s World RunStreak Update: 19 Days!

Over the halfway point! I’m feeling much better this week, already having run my Day 19 run today as well. Last week brought some cold, windy runs—and one wardrobe malfunction ....more

Updated Space

Some readers noticed the changes I made on the blog last week. I installed a new theme, customized it to my liking, and tinkered with some new plugins. I feel pleased with the results, though I’m still learning how to maneuver my new space.… Updated Space is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog ....more

That I Would Be Good

It’s been over ten years since I last got a tattoo. The last tattoo I sat through featured a Celtic knot in honor of my daughter, to symbolize the various people all connected—forever—by her birth, her placement, her adoption. It makes sense that the next tattoo permanently etched into my skin took place on her birthday.… That I Would Be Good is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog ....more

The Last Whole Day, The Last Night Whole

I fought labor for months, spent countless hours in the hospital on my side, medicine and fluids dripping into me via IV. I took medication that made me shake and shiver in the hopes it would stop the relentless contractions. I endured two surgeries on my kidney.… The Last Whole Day, The Last Night Whole is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog ....more

What Did You Learn At BlogHer PRO '14?

Our BlogHer PRO '14 attendees shared a lot of wisdom via Twitter during the conference. As always, they've also shared what they learned, who inspired them, and what they plan on doing next in their own spaces on the web. We've rounded up a number of great perspectives from the conference to share with you today. Read on to get inspired by our amazing attendees. ...more

Quiet(ish) Nights

These not-quite-winter nights—cold and dark—force us inside. Where we used to play football, take walks, and chase each other around the yard, we now huddle in the living room after dinner. We play games on some nights, but most nights we find ourselves curled up on the couch—together—reading, snoozing, and generally being in each other’s presence.… Quiet(ish) Nights is a post from Stop, Drop and Blog ....more