WHEN THE ORDINARY BECOMES EXTRAORDINARY.

Last May I wrote a blog post about how hard parenting became when baby #2 came along. For the first several months, it was complete chaos at our house. But finally, we found our rhythm in the chaos…and then God changed the beat of our song. It was like going from a soft ballad to […]

THE GLORIOUS UNFOLDING OF OUR NEXT ADVENTURE.

After a rainy day yesterday, God painted the most amazing masterpiece in the sky at sunset. Just another sign from Him that if we can endure the rain, beautiful things are to come. WARNING: This post is long—but it is a story worth telling. “God is in control.” “You just have to have faith.” “Everything […]

THE SPARKLE OF SISTERHOOD.

  It’s 6:30 a.m. as I wash my tired face and pat cream over the bags under my eyes. I’m tiptoeing around the sink, trying not to wake the two tiny princesses sleeping on the other side of the curtain in our resort room. As I peek my head around the corner, I see an […]

FAMILY IS EVERYTHING.

Today was one of those days where everything overwhelmed me. I was so busy at the office this morning that when I finally took a break thinking it would soon be time to go to the gym during lunch, I looked at the clock and realized it was 2 p.m. As I sat in awful […]

SOMETIMES I FORGET.

Sometimes I forget. Sometimes I forget how much she needs me. I forget that SHE made me a mom. I forget that baby face, those mispronounced words and that imagination. I forget that all my time belonged to her. I forget that before the second, there was the first. That before I needed her help […]

Once Upon a Time…

It’s hard to believe it’s been nine years since I walked down the aisle on my daddy’s arm to marry this man. We were so young, so in love and so excited to begin our journey together. If I could go back and tell these two lovebirds anything, it would be this: You have no […]

SNUGABUNNY SWING, YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME.

Dear Fisher Price Snugabunny Swing, Let me profess my undying love for you. We had some good times back in 2011 with child #1. You let me push your buttons and never gave up on me. It was a sad day when she outgrew your snug little bunny cradle. You endured three years in a […]

TEN THINGS THAT HAPPEN WHEN YOU BECOME A PARENT OF TWO.

There’s no denying that being a parent is hard work. Yes, it is the most rewarding job you will ever have, but let’s admit it – raising tiny humans is down right exhausting. Having a baby rocked my world. I remember the sleepless nights, the countless feedings, recording all the milestones and trying to follow […]

THE DAY YOU WERE BORN.

Dear Ellie Katherine, The day you were born was filled with celebration. Waiting 39 weeks to see your precious face had seemed like an eternity, and the day your birth day was finally here! Your Daddy and I arrived at the hospital at 6 a.m. where our dear friend Kelly was waiting to join us […]

THREE DAYS.

Three days. That’s all we have left as a family of three. And I think for the very first time in my pregnancy, I am able to sit down and let that sink in. It is a surprisingly quiet moment in my house this morning. Chris is out running errands and Emma Claire is next […]

A LOOK BACK AT 2014: WORRY LESS. LIVE MORE.

  Wait – 2014 is over already?! As I look back on 2014, the year seems like a big blur between running the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January and moving into our new house in December. But as I reflect on the events that fell between those two milestones, I am reminded that […]

BABY LOVE: PART II

There’s always an announcement protocol parents-to-be go through once they find out they are pregnant. Here’s rundown of how we announced the news: TO THE GRANDPARENTS: Our parents were the first to know, and of course they were thrilled! They were sworn to secrecy for several weeks. TO THE AUNTS AND UNCLES:  We told Chris’ […]

BABY LOVE: PART I

I had forgotten what it felt like to be pregnant. I am pretty sure God does that intentionally; otherwise every mother would shut down the baby-making factory after having one kid. I remember all the joys of pregnancy – the feeling of those tiny feet kicking, the excitement of picking out a name and preparing […]

MAKEUP DOESN’T MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL.

Nothing is more beautiful than the dancing light of innocence in the eyes of a child. But as children grow and are exposed to the cruelty of our culture, that light slowly fades away. While the light of innocence is still brightly shining in my daughter’s big brown eyes, I recently saw a tiny glimmer […]

A WEEKEND WORTH CELEBRATING.

Two weeks ago I had one of the most memorable trips of my life, and I owe it all to my family. In 65 hours, we celebrated Father’s Day, my brother’s promotion to major, the milestone of my dad’s 70th birthday and our first time being together as a family since January 2013. My family […]

SUPERWOMAN. SUPERMOM. SUPER TIRED.

Most nights I wonder how I will make it. Tonight was an exception. Tonight, I felt like Superwoman. On my way to get EC from school I decided to take action to avoid the daily question of “What’s for dinner?” I ran into the grocery store, grabbed ingredients for chicken spaghetti, and managed to make […]

I WILL ALWAYS HOLD YOU.

I love being upstairs in my daughter’s room. Maybe its because she calls it her “princess tower”. Or maybe its because its filled with all things make believe that illuminate her imagination, reminding me of how fun life is when you see through the eyes of a child. But this past Sunday while EC and […]