Pearl Jam at Wrigley Take Two

Three years ago, in 103 degree heat, while rocking a UTI, and then being evacuated for three hours due to a wicked lightning storm and high winds, Cortney and I saw Pearl Jam at Wrigley. It was epic for a number of reasons. Clearly ....more

Clean Up With Groupon

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own. Cortney and I got married just over eleven years ago. Since I cannot tell a lie, I will admit that one of the most fun things about getting married is all the showers and fun house stuff that is gifted ....more

Mother Teacher

Back to school surprised me this year. I was going along, enjoying summer, having hernia surgery, thinking everything was grand and then there it was, staring me in the face: Back to School. It started with an innocent text to a friend, The Pastor’s Wife ....more

Recovery

Be wary of anyone who tells you that recovery from any type of abdominal surgery will be “a piece of cake”. A piece of cake is delicious and a totally good time. Abdominal surgery, and the recovery that goes with it, is neither ....more

About That Hernia

So I have a hernia. Well, I guess I don’t anymore. Friday...more

Five Summer Reads

So far this summer I have read quite the eclectic array of books. I had friends publish books, so I wanted to read those. I also wanted to read some more adult fiction since I spend a good deal of time reading YA lit, however I do love YA lit, so I have still be reading lots of that too ....more

Mirror

So often I see reflected in my children that of which I am ashamed in myself. yelling anxiety unkind words. I am SO over you right now! ...more

The Best Part

This past weekend our little family joined my mom and dad in a little cottage up in Pentwater, Michigan. I love that cottage. My parents have been renting it on and off for more than 20 years ....more

Lessons from Netflix

We just got back from being without screens for four days. It actually went really well because we were so busy the boys didn’t have time to want to watch anything. Even before bedtime when a show is usually what chills everyone out, they were so tired from all the swimming and playing that a listening to a couple books was enough to knock them out ....more

Finding Joy

It’s very easy for me to get wrapped up and overwhelmed and pulled down by grief and sadness in this world. It’s always a fine balance for me to let myself feel sadness, but not to take on everyone’s misery. Daily I make a conscious effort to listen and and stay informed, but to also allow myself joy ....more
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