If this is where you are… Me too

A friend texted me the other day about advice. “Do you have any parenting toddler books to recommend?” she asked, and proceeded to explain to me about this stage...more

{Celebrating Beautiful} Always Hope: by Claire Watson

In blogging for the last 3 years, I’ve written about many different topics, but one theme that has remained constant has been my focus of...more

The process and progress of confidence

“Brenna, tell Mommy what you did today,” Brenna’s school aide prompted her as I met them on their walk to my car. Brenna looked up at me, trying to remember, and then her eyes lit up, and she couldn’t get it out fast enough. “I went on the tube slide! ...more

Messin’ with Texas

Today, I am drinking all the coffee, all morning long. How does traveling just take it completely out of you? We arrived home last night at midnight, after nearly four days away in Austin, Texas ....more

Word counts, and words that count

My brain is getting squishy. Writing a book is stretching me in all kinds of ways. Mostly good, as it’s been one of the most exciting, albeit challenging, tasks I’ve taken on ....more

Serving Up Lunch with Step2’s Mighty Table and Chairs – and a GIVEAWAY!

When I saw Step2’s fall products, I knew exactly what our kids needed – the Might Table and Chair set. This very simple item – didn’t even need to put anything together! – has provided extra seating for little friends at lunch time and has gotten our Play-Doh and our arts and crafts projects off of the kitchen floor ....more

Under water

Brenna and I had just returned from the library last Friday and were about to cozy up on the couch to read a book when I ran to the bathroom…and stepped into a huge puddle of water as I pushed open the door. I flipped the light on to reveal one soaked bathroom – water all over the toilet, sink, and especially the floor. I ran downstairs and found a large puddle of water there, and then I ran up to our second story to be met with standing water in the hallway, puddles of water in the laundry room and Brenna’s bathroom, and soaked carpet in Connor’s bedroom and our guest bedroom ....more

Friday Favorites, September 18

“It’s getting a little dark, isn’t it?” I mentioned to Brenna as I was making us lunch. She shuffled over to the window and peered out. “Yeah… it looks like it might rain today.” Old soul Here’s a round-up of my favorite events, reads and moments recently… When I saw Go Set a Watchman on my library’s shelf, I snatched it up and flew through it ....more

Lingering effects from Brenna’s hospitalization

Brenna is no stranger to the hospital, but so many of our hospital visits and stays happened in her first year of life. This past August, when she was hospitalized for 8 days and underwent two different surgeries, was the first time in her life where she was old enough to comprehend what was happening. Which also means she was old enough to be fearful and anxious ....more

Celebrating SIX for Connor!

He’s very bright and inquisitive and sensitive. He loves the outdoors and exploring, but he’s also a homebody. He makes up games for hours, loves to read and do puzzles and figure out how things work, flies through academic endeavors ....more