Three Years Since: We Met

This morning, we woke up. And a tired little girl with dark brown hair sat next to me on the sofa, just leaning her whole body in to my back. “Mama, I didn’t sleep so good.” Big ....more

Cultivating Kindness

(First things first, Vi is super! She has recovered from her surgery the last 3 days without a hitch and is back to 95% of her regular self. Dr ....more

Big Blue Eyes

Three years ago, I was on my way to Ukraine. And now, three years later to the day, I spent the day at the hospital with this beautiful girl and her big blue eyes. You may have seen pictures of Vi on Instagram or the blog with an eye patch ....more

Lora and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Luck

I’m in New York City. Normally, that would be pretty cool. I booked this swanky hotel room for an awesome FNP review course that is practically money in the bank saying I will pass my boards months ago after some other folks in my class took the same course ....more


Little Man turned Five Years Old today. That’s it, people. Major Milestone Alert: My children, all 5 of them, are officially school-aged ....more

Divorce without Hate: Love Conquers All

“Not all those who wander are lost.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien What do you do when your kids say they want to go live with their dad? There are a couple of options here when you are a divorced parent: 1) Shut it down. Or 2) Listen ....more

6 Things I Learned from Quitting Facebook

Evolver Social Movement Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits ....more

Christmas 2014

We have had a lovely little Christmas this year! It is always a little tough for me when the older boys are gone. At the same time, it was nice for the Littles to have Christmas morning at a more Little Kid pace ....more

Army Wives and the Big Apple

One of the things I missed the most when we lived in New Jersey while Dean was in school was the unique bond and special friendships I had shared with fellow Army wives. I felt so out of touch and, to be honest, very lonely. When we arrived at West Point, the business of making friends was Priority One ....more

Girls’ Day Out

So, in spite of the appearance of my fun pinterest posts and cute Christmas tree photos, the last couple weeks have been really challenging. There is a lot going on here at the homefront, and I’ve found myself waking up apprehensive about what they day will bring. There has been quite a bit of tension for various reasons, the details I will spare you mostly because two certain 8 year olds would never forgive me when they are two certain 16 year olds if I shared it ....more