The clutter that is life

One of my goals for 2018 is to declutter. No one who's ever been to my house would ever accuse me of being a minimalist, so perhaps you can appreciate that this will most likely be a year-long task. And yet, I'm determined to plug away at it for more than a few reasons. I've... Continue Reading →


Celebrating each victory

So . . . my last post was a bit heavier than usual, but tonight as I write this, my heart is full. Right around the time of my previous post, we had a tiny bit of celebration in our household. Well, it was a big deal to one person in particular, and just a... Continue Reading →


As I write this post, it's Saturday, January 20. Today marks fifteen years since our youngest son passed away, only a few months shy of his fifth birthday. I'm not a naturally early riser, so I was surprised to awaken this morning before 5:30, unable to get back to sleep. Once I was awake, though,... Continue Reading →

Hot chocolate and holidays

Since my next regularly scheduled post is due on Christmas Eve (bet you didn't know I have a regular schedule here, did you?), and the weekend after that is New Year's Eve, I'm adjusting my post schedule a bit and am popping in early here to wish you all a Merry Christmas—which is what I... Continue Reading →

Birthday season: last but not least

The weather where I live is changing into our fall season, with a burst of vibrant colors decorating the trees before we head into seemingly endless winter. October marks the last of the birthdays in our household until February, where I would love to assume that four months of rest and prep time will yield... Continue Reading →

Shared life, happy life

When I said we had a streak of birthdays from July through October, I wasn't exaggerating. You can't shake a calendar around this place without a birthday falling out. And this month, just a few days ago, my hubby celebrated a milestone birthday . . . which, for some reason, my autocorrect changed to "millstone"... Continue Reading →

Millenials ruin everything. Everything.

MILLENIALS WRECK ENTIRE WORLD: NEWS AT 11 You know, that's something I'm growing tired of reading and hearing. All my children qualify as millenials, according to the "official" dating system for these types of things. And correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure none of them (or their friends) have ruined life as... Continue Reading →

Our baby is 24

  Our oldest child (who is certainly no longer a child by anyone's definition) turned twenty-four years old this past week, and I have no idea how that happened. Wasn't it just a handful of years ago that I was pregnant? There are times when it sure seems like it was yesterday. The oldest child... Continue Reading →

It’s birthday season

In our household, July kicks off four months of birthdays. Our youngest was born in July, our oldest in August, my husband in September, and our middle son in October. They all get to rest up through the winter so they can prepare themselves for my birthday in February, but that's for another post. Today... Continue Reading →

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