9 Weeks, 4 Days // D+C

Today marked the end of my pregnancy with baby #2. After watching and waiting for the last three weeks, I simply couldn’t wait any longer and made the decision to have a D&C. It wasn’t the choice I really wanted to make, but my body showed zero signs of natural miscarriage and I was still experiencing horrible morning sickness, food aversions, etc ....more

Weekend Things

It’s the weekend -- and Stephen is off for his spring break next week. We had planned to do something more exciting than, well, staying home. However, life sort of moves and shifts us in different directions, right? ...more

With a Little Help From My Friends

I don’t write a ton about my real life friends on the blog because I don’t feel like it’s my place to drag them online with all my over-sharing. As a courtesy. I’ve also felt somewhat lacking in the friend department ever since we moved back in 2008 ....more

Simple Strawberry Smoothie

Here’s my new favorite smoothie. I’ve had it for breakfast the last 12 days. TWELVE! ...more

Saving Time and Money with BJ’s Wholesale Club

Streamlining our shopping trips has become a huge must since having Ada. And not only that, but also finding a few key places to get great deals on our family essentials. We’ve shared a lot with you guys about carving back our grocery shopping bill, but I’ve never delved much into bulk-buying and its role in our household operation ....more

Saving Time and Money with BJs Wholesale Club

Streamlining our shopping trips has become a huge must since having Ada. And not only that, but also finding a few key places to get great deals on our family essentials. We have shared a lot with you guys about carving back our grocery shopping bill, but I’ve never delved much into bulk-buying and its role in our household operation. Utilizing bulk stores as a one-stop shop is still a new approach we’re trying out....more

Cookie Dough Balls + Thoughts

A lot of my energy chunk recipes incorporate either raisins or dates into the mix. I can’t handle even looking at either of those ingredients right now (ugh), so I decided to come up with a tasty treat recipe that’s packed with other good stuff. Eat these guys instead of dessert or while you’re on the run ....more

7 Weeks, 4 Days

I don’t really know what to write. In a way, I knew this was coming. In another, I was trying so desperately to cling to hope despite what my brain was telling me ....more

Homesteading // Spring Is Near

We had over two feet of snow on the ground just a few days ago. It’s melted to less than six inches, and I’m starting to see brown blades of grass peeking out. Along with the earth’s thawing, my own body and mind are warming up to the idea of being outdoors again ....more

Food, Fitness, Family

FAMILY Friends and family, I don’t even know where to begin thanking you for your incredible support after yesterday’s post concerning baby #2. Your personal stories, confidence, and love is completely humbling and so much appreciated. At this point, we are seriously torn and hoping Monday’s appointment will give us resolution either way ....more