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 […]

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY.

I still remember my first “race day” experience – I was ten years old. As the theme song from “Rocky” blasted across the entire house, I stumbled into the kitchen rubbing my eyes to find my dad doing his best Rocky Balboa impersonation as he threw his fists filled with victory into the air. After […]

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 […]

LACE UP.

Running shoes can represent so many things: strength, determination, commitment, mommy’s time to regroup, living a healthy life, being a role model for your kids. Every mommy has to put on her “running shoes” to get through the day. And no matter what they represent, they are always beaconing you to put them on, lace […]