Easy Halloween Tweaks to Inspire Your Meal Plan



Fall has most certainly arrived! With it, we’re enjoying gorgeous color, sunny days, and crisp (downright chilly!) nights.



Halloween is right around the corner and, while it’s been well-documented here that it’s not my favorite holiday, my kids are super excited about. This year, I’ll have two butterflies and a Thor [...]

Itchy Feet and Relentless Optimism




I love to travel.


I haven’t done nearly as much of it as some people, but far more than others. As with so many spectrums of life, I’d land somewhere in the middle.


But I love to just… GO PLACES.



I’ve lived quite a lot of places, [...]

When Places Become Wishes




Way back, in the first month of 2005, I gave birth to a bouncing baby boy.


He was healthy. He was joyful. And his birth marked a whole new chapter in my life.


For the first time since I’d reached adulthood, I was not working outside of the home.



Delayed Joy



It’s been four years since I miscarried our fourth baby.


Holy cow, that sounds like a long time!


Honestly, even though they tell you that women will never, ever forget how old their child would be and all that, I actually sometimes do. It’s not that I don’t still mourn the [...]








Stupid can.


I’m fine, really, but, as my husband disgustingly put it– I filleted my hand.


Bear with me! I’m doing my best to type. I’ll be over on Facebook more as it heals. I’d love for you to hang with me there!


Nothing You Can Do (or not do) Will Screw This Up



Five years ago, I was planning a great family party for my little C, who was turning five years old.Though I was certainly busy at home with little ones, in that season, I still had more time than money. With that in mind, I had concocted a delicious, completely homemade, menu. I would [...]

Multi-tasking Like a Boss



Over two years ago now, I wrote all about techniques we use for guarding our work time around here. In that post, I shared how important it was to have a quality pair of headphones on-hand when you’ve got family members who need to get their online work done in the midst of [...]




So, last Christmas, we got a kitten.


The kids named him Apollo and fell madly in love. They’re crazy about him and he rather likes them, too.


He also likes my husband just fine.


But, me? He loves me.


(The feeling is mutual, I must confess.)


But, here’s [...]

HELP: Do I say something?



The skin on my upper chest/lower throat is frequently pink.


(Not too bad here– I had a hard time actually finding a photo that showed what I mean!)



I flush when I’m warm. I flush when I’m embarrassed. My skin is tender and reacts to all manner [...]

It’s not okay, but it will be.



Our little former micropreemie, C, is now in intermediate school.





She was only two when I first started writing in this space. Now,- she’s a fourth grader.


This was the first year since we moved to Connecticut that she attended a new school. Two years of preschool, [...]