Just what he needed

kids hugging

My husband is not a jewelry wearer and he’s not a lover of framed quotes. I’ve looked for something meaningful to get for him for years. I wanted to find something he can carry with him every day that is a reminder of Hadley. Something more subtle than a necklace with her name on it […]

No small victories

playing soccer

The girls varsity soccer team Ashlyn helps manage has a scrimmage and picnic each year. The freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams combine and then split into two teams to verse each other in a fun game with a trophy of bragging rights. Ashlyn was given the opportunity to play this year. A small gesture […]

What would you change?

I have spent a lot of time thinking about the “what if’s” in life. Probably too much time. With each challenge life has brought I have wondered “what if.” What if my daughter didn’t have to struggle with autism? What if all three of my triplets survived? What if my pregnancies were easy and full […]

Homeschool preschool

This is my second year of homeschooling a preschooler. After completing one year with McKenna who believes she should actually be teaching me, I’m expecting this year to go much more smoothly with my youngest. Sawyer tends to be a little more easy going than his sister who has been wearing the same rotation of […]

Light the Night

My friend’s husband has cancer. She has two young children and lives hundreds of miles away and things are not looking good. When I found out over the weekend that his condition worsened I was furious. How could cancer continue to take such a toll on another family? In all honesty, I would like to […]

When we were young

leukemia and lymphoma society

In first grade we put on a dance show to Lionel Richie for our moms. The record player skipped as we danced around my childhood living room and our moms clapped at the finale. She missed Girl Scout meetings often and had silky hair that I loved and her eyes were a little bit dark. […]

Making coffee out of lemonade

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The kids have been begging me to have a lemonade stand. There is just one problem. Did you see that tumbleweed go by? That’s the average amount of activity we get on our little country road. Being optimistic and dreamy little 4 and 5 year-olds they all had the “if we build it they will […]

How to have the best summer day

Peeps crafts and recipes

Yesterday was one of those perfect summer days where the weather is good, the kids are almost not fighting and everyone goes to bed with sticky cheeks and sugar-filled dreams. I think we might have figured out how to have the best summer day around here. Start with painting outside 1. Fill shallow bowls with […]

Just for you

Sweet September Belt (no tissues attached)

The end of the school year has no shortage of graduations, birthdays and other occasions for which I have to trade in my flip-flops for heels and find something to wear that is not in my weekly rotation of I-don’t-care-if-this-gets-ruined-by-a-flying-sippy-cup wardrobe choices. My favorite, favorite, favorite place to shop for outfits that are stylish and […]

Another great idea I didn’t think of

borrow baby couture dress

My husband and I have a regular discussion whenever we see a new, amazing idea come out. It goes something like this: One of us: Why didn’t you think of that? The other: Why didn’t you think of that? One of us: That is such a great idea, you should have thought of it. The […]