Some Things Change… Most Stay the Same

This year, Christmas Eve was hosted at my sister’s beautiful home. It worked out wonderfully since it is closer to where my 88 year old grandma lives. It also meant that we were able to see my two nephews serve as altar boys in the Christmas Eve Mass… so special! We’re normally at my parents’ [...]

Five Breathless Years

Five years ago today, I gazed upon my precious newborn daughter in the early hours of Christmas Eve…

Amazingly, against all odds, I had this giggly ball of smiles to bake cupcakes for a year later…

At 2 years old, she was still tiny, but able to do SO much… even help decorate [...]

Resolved: To Be Happy (and Merry Christmas to YOU!!!)

Merry Christmas!!!

Like so many of you, I’ll be taking a few days off to spend with my family as we come together to worship and give thanks for this blessed season. Wherever you may be, I wish you joy and peace.

Thank you for taking moments out of your busy days to spend with [...]

Deck the Halls

I am so blessed to “know” so many crafty, talented bloggers. And, well, this time of year, it’s been amazing to witness the glorious, gorgeous Christmas decor they manage to pull together and display. I love it. Love seeing the beauty, love being inspired by their creativity, love enjoying the warmth of their holiday homes. [...]

Because…

Because of THIS moment on Feb 18, 2001… Because I said “Yes”… Because we vowed to be together ’til death do us part… Because I love him more today than I did on that day… … it is our wedding anniversary today. Nine years. Three children. More tears than I can count. But more laughter [...]

Learning From My Elders

Last weekend, we went to visit my grandma in her new home. It was our first time seeing her new apartment and, since we decided to make the trek on a whim, she was surprised to see us there. Happy, but surprised. After visiting with her for awhile, rearranging a table to better meet her [...]

Ten Bittersweet Baby Moments

Do you remember… …the first time your baby WANTED you to put her down so she could get moving? …having to pack up those first tiny outfits knowing your baby would never wear them again? …realizing it was time to stop swaddling? …when the “slap-slap” of little hands and knees on hard floors was replaced [...]

Sleep-Training, NICU-Style

My youngest, Baby G, is going through a phase. A “bad-sleeper” kind of a phase. For whatever reason (teeth? sunburn? growth spurt? random development shift?), she is not the super sleeper she once was. I’m not writing this to rant about that. Truthfully, it hasn’t been that bad for me. She still naps and she’ll [...]

When Does Motherhood Begin?

Mother’s Day is just a few short days away and that got me thinking…

This will be my sixth Mother’s Day as a mommy myself.

Unless, of course, you count the Mother’s Day of 2004 when I was already pregnant with my first child…

Or do I count back to when that mother’s heart [...]

A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.”

I heard the T.V. promotion for the upcoming special on teen pregnancy and, as always, it didn’t sit quite right with me.

And then my husband spoke aloud what had been in my heart:

“That’s not my worst fear.”

It’s not mine either. It’s not even close, to tell [...]

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