Prayers for the Stolen - Book Review

Another really great book. I enjoyed Jennifer Clement's Prayers for the Stolen, one full of dismal conditions, heartache, growth, pain, loss, and redemption. The writing itself can keep you engaged, but you'll want to stick around in the story anyway. The absolute poverty of the area grips your heart and you gain a new understanding of struggle....more

Current Thougths

It's interesting to think about writing and blogging because I've been away for so long. It's like I'm out of practice and so I don't have topics and ideas that have been brewing. That's different for me. Since I altered my blogging schedule to only posting 3 days a week this year, I've still had things to write about. Being away from the Internet and other bloggers, only focusing on somehow making it through each day for the last couple of months, it seems my mind is blank....more

A Letter To You

To all my dear readers,I write this letter because I need to be honest. The House Buying series post did not go up today. I will try to get it up next Monday.Lately, I've been struggling with illness and a busy, inquisitive, and rambunctious toddler. The illness has gotten me down, unmotivated, tired, and overall ill feeling. I've had much difficulty in trying to focus for any real length of time and sitting up to work is not something I've been inclined to do....more

Triad Family Network and the National Perinatal Task Force

I know I've mentioned a few times here and there that I'm part of a group of women who believe in education and choice and information and women's health and pregnancy and babies' health. I want to tell you a little more about this group of great women, what we've been up to, and plans we have for the future....more

Social Work and Me + #ysocialwork

March is Social Work appreciation month. This is the month when, if you're a Social Worker, your employer may do something decent to purposefully acknowledge the very difficult work that you tirelessly do day in and day out, week after week, month after month, and year after year....more

Pictures of a Day

Welcome to the March 2015 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Day in the LifeThis post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have given us a special glimpse into their everyday.***...more

Step Four: Tips & Tricks for House Hunting

*This is the fourth part in the series, You Too Can Buy a House, click here for parts 1-3....more

February - The Month of Love

Many think of February as the month of love, mostly because Valentine's Day is there. Many people have traditions of using the entire month to demonstrate love, some only do up until Valentine's, others (like us) treat it like a normal month.Other than that though, February is about love for us, since Hun and I's anniversary is at the beginning of the month....more

Step Three: Know Your Loan

*This is the third part of the mini-series on buying a house.Step One: FinancesPart Two: The Players...more

Peppermint & Sweet Orange Bath Salts

Being that we're such a natural family and I love DIY, I figured for my sister's birthday it would be nice to make her something simple. I know she wouldn't have really wanted (or even asked) for anything specific, but I still wanted to do something nice. Knowing that she works long hours, plus has a family of her own and a house to take care of, I figured she's probably limited in what she does for herself....more