Family · Writing

Time

14 years ago today we welcomed our first child and it feels like 1000 years ago and yesterday all at once. Time is elusive and crafty, bending and warping depending on perspective and hindsight. In just 4 years, my tiny chubby-cheeked baby will be a legal adult. (Seriously?!) My brain sees the little baby, the… Continue reading Time

Writing

Summertime Sadness

I love back to school time. The fresh loose-leaf paper, the clean binders, and dividers just waiting to be marked with each class subject - all used to excite me far more than the actual act of going back to school. I loved full and part-time homeschooling the kids. Setting up an area of the… Continue reading Summertime Sadness

Dogs · Family · Writing

Adventure Awaits!

When the rep walked up to the house we were about to turn back over to the military housing company, I bristled at her container of Lysol wipes. The wipes wouldn't have been a big deal, but paired with her attitude, I got a little defensive. I get that they have to make sure the… Continue reading Adventure Awaits!

Family · Writing

What a Year!

The kids have the same English teacher at our school. All year long they have a weekly contest called “Giggles”. This contest involves writing a sentence and correctly placing all commas. First one done wins for that week. At the end of the year, the student with the most wins becomes a “Comma Master” and… Continue reading What a Year!

nature · Photography · Writing

Rejuvenation

"There is magic in the presence of trees," I mused, inhaling the damp freshness surrounding us. Walking in our rain boots through the lush forest, my daughter happily chatting to her art teacher, I took as many mental images as my senses could hold. I left my phone back in the car when we pulled… Continue reading Rejuvenation

Family · Food · Homeschool · sobriety

When Dad Buys You Lemons…

"Can I go with you to the grocery store? I have a list." "Uhhh, okay," I responded from the shower. "What did you need to buy?" I asked. "Lemons, sugar, a pitcher, cups, and straws. PLEASE Mom! Please! I have always wanted to do this. It's summer...." She'd been asking to do a lemonade stand… Continue reading When Dad Buys You Lemons…

Faith and Personal Growth · Family · Writing

Gratitude, Always

There is tired, and then there’s tired. The kind of tired you feel when you have done way more than there is time for, more than you’d planned, and are sleep deprived on top of it all. It’s the kind of tired you feel when you have to tuck your chin down, keep your feet… Continue reading Gratitude, Always

autism · Family · Writing

Unexpected Magic

We’ve been planning this trip ever since we knew we’d be living this close. As we entered the gates and I saw the spires of the castle, the familiar characters, the Christmas carols playing over the sound system, I was overwhelmed. It’s been 30 years since I’ve been here. Magic Kingdom - Holiday Season There… Continue reading Unexpected Magic

autism · Family · Writing

Back Then

I remember feeling amazed and nervously excited when I descended the stairs in our tiny 2-bedroom apartment to tell my husband of 8 years I was pregnant. He looked up at me, "Really?!" Nodding, I confirmed what we'd been planning for about a year. We were thrilled. I devoured all the books, the guided meditations… Continue reading Back Then

Family · Writing

Reading Stories

"Mama," Hannah looked up at me. "Yes?" I asked, distractedly. "I hate the part of reading when you are almost done and you know the book is almost over. Especially if it's a really really good one!" "I couldn't agree more," I told her. She now had my full attention. One thing I have always… Continue reading Reading Stories