Tag Archives: holidays

Honoring Those Whom We Love

I’m not an incredibly sentimental person by nature, especially when it comes to holidays. I know I’ve mentioned it here before that we rarely celebrate holidays and birthdays in our home with more than a song or a hug (well, and a few gifts for the kids), and I am 100% okay with that. Mother’s […]


As my first post of 2017, I figure it’s only appropriate that it’s all about a new year, new goals, a fresh start…whatever you want to call it. I’m FEELING it in my soul, and I’ve been feeling it for a couple of weeks, which makes me happy. I’ll expound on my goals and such more […]

Merry Christmas!

A full 1/3 of the holiday cards we received this year were from YOU, my crazy internet friends. That is so dang cool. Love you all!

The Christmas Tree

Last year we never put up our Christmas decorations because we spent the holidays in Arizona at a rental property with my family (and the year before that we were in MN). This year we really wanted to stay home with the kids because Harvey has never actually spent Christmas at our house! Yesterday we […]

Day 24, #NaBloPoMo – Thankful

Today is a great day to remember why I am so thankful for my life, even when it’s feeling like a challenge. I am thankful for my kids, who I used to worry I’d never have in my life. I am thankful for my husband, who has stood by my side for 12 years, and […]

Day 16, #NaBloPoMo – Preschool Chefs

Our local school closes for the entire week of Thanksgiving, so this week is when the kids get to celebrate the holiday with their classmates. Today the parents (and grandparents) were invited to enjoy a lunch made entirely by the fifteen 3 and 4 year old kids in Stella’s class. My husband wasn’t able to […]

Summer Nights & Holiday Weekends

The Fourth of July weekend was long and short, tiring and awesome. One of my ALI blog friends came with her three kids to visit (so much fun!) from Thursday-Saturday, and my in-laws and their kids were still in town until Sunday morning, so the first couple of days were filled with lots of running […]

Cookies & Cocktails Contest Success

Weekends are always the hardest time for me to stay on track with my fitness goals, and that fact is just intensified over the holidays. I’m guessing I’m not alone in this. 😉 At any rate, last Saturday we were invited to a “Cookies and Cocktails” holiday party, and though I definitely ate and drank […]

The Monday Snapshot – Scissors Edition

Yesterday, on Mother’s Day morning, I had my brother take a quick snapshot of us before church. It’s hard to get us all looking at the camera and smiling at the same time, but we got a pretty cute one. Little did I know it’d be the last one of Stella with her long hair! […]

The Monday Snapshot – Easter Egg Hunting Edition

Yesterday we woke Stella with a rousing chorus of Halleluia! He is Risen! It’s Easter, Stella! Jesus died to save us all and then he rose to Heaven and lives with God (and Auntie Jaime!). She was a little confused, but thought it was cool that Jesus and Auntie Jaime were roomies. 🙂 Then we headed […]

The Monday Snapshot – Valentine’s Day Loves

Those of you who have been around here awhile know that Charlie and I are most definitely not big on celebrating Hallmark holidays. Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s & Father’s Day – you name it, we probably don’t celebrate it with anything more than a photo. (Because you KNOW I must have a photo!) Valentine’s Day is […]

Merry Christmas!

Growing up in a rural area of a mid-western state and attending a Lutheran Liberal Arts college, I was pretty much surrounded by ELCA Lutherans and Catholics for the first 22 years of my life. There are some differences in specific beliefs between people raised in different denominations of Christianity, but overall, most of us were coming […]

The Monday Snapshot – Back to Reality

From last Tuesday – Saturday, my little sis and her husband were here. They are Godparents to both of our children, and the kids absolutely love them both. It was SO much fun to have them around for the Thanksgiving holiday and to get to spend some rare quality time with them. The kids agreed. […]


I’ve been thinking a lot about detours lately. Detours come in many shapes and forms and can affect our career paths, our family building journeys, our friendships & relationships…and even our travel plans. More on the deep stuff later, but in reality, we can either get frustrated as crap by the detours life throws at us […]

The Monday Snapshot – Time Marches On (4th of July ed)

And here’s a recap on my family blog from 2005 to present!

Easter Basket Blog Hop

I haven’t done a blog hop in years, but Sarah talked me into joining up with this one that she is hosting! We honestly didn’t do an Easter basket for Stella for her first 2 Easters (at 3 months and 15 months old, I just didn’t think it was worth the effort), but this year […]

Faith & Finances

For the past six months or so, Charlie and I have been making a concerted effort to get back into the habit of going to church on Sunday mornings, and honestly, it has felt really good to be back in the Faith community. Stella loves all of the music and going to Sunday School with […]