Tag Archives: Love

Things I Learned at Marriage Counseling

To be clear, I think my husband learned a lot about me as well, but below are a few things I learned (and/or accepted) about him/us at our first joint appointment last Thursday. I figured I’d share them here in case anyone else who reads this blog is struggling and might identify with a few of […]

Day 8, #NaBloPoMo – #ImWithHer

Two weeks ago today, my Mom went in to see her doctor for a routine, acute health issue, and while she was there, her doctor discovered something he found concerning. After the initial testing was completed and as he was about to tell her what he had found, my Mom told us that she had […]

Where Love Began is Not Where It Will End

A post popped up in my Facebook timeline this morning that made me cry. I don’t officially follow their page, but it is the company from which I always order the kids’ Christmas ornaments and my beautiful stacking rings, so it caught my eye. And my heart. maybe love doesn’t last  I clicked over and read her blog […]

Year 2 – Coming Full Circle

2 years ago today this morning, I was giving birth to my second child in the guestroom of our home. It was perfectly awesome. This morning, I was laying in bed thinking about how sometimes the more things change, the more they remain the same. Last night, our crazy-ass-almost-2-year-old child was running around the house, […]

…and then he goes and *TOTALLY REDEEMS HIMSELF*

Marriage is tough on so many levels, and I think once you have kids it tends to get even tougher for most people. Charlie and I have been in a decent place lately, but we still struggle with feeling like we’re growing apart sometimes. Busy lives get in the way of togetherness & romance and […]


My life. My body. My happiness. So much has changed since I took this picture just one month ago. And I totally love it.

An Auntie Again

My little sister is a MOM. Oh man, I can’t tell you how weird that is! I’m the oldest of 5 kids, and though I’ve made that transition to motherhood over the last four years, none of them had yet, so in my mind they are all still “kids” if that makes sense. Kids that […]

On Grief: 18 Months Later

Yesterday I opened up my Facebook page and saw that my father-in-law has posted this simple status update, and I burst into tears at work. (Let Her Go was Jaime’s favorite song when she died, and we played it at her memorial service) Charlie and I have talked about how odd grief is. How is it […]

The Monday Snapshot – Alpenglow Edition

I love this man & our lives together in Colorado. That is all.

The Monday Snapshot – Anniversary Weekend Edition

On Saturday night, we had my brother babysit the kids and we went out for dinner at our favorite local restaurant to celebrate 7 years of marriage together. We ended up closing the place down (at 9pm) and then drinking with the owners until after 11. It was so fun to sit and chat with […]

The Monday Snapshot – #LoveWins

Last Friday I was at a work conference a couple of hours from home, and when I checked my phone during one of the breaks, I saw post after post on both my Twitter and Facebook timelines filled with joyous words and celebration about the SCOTUS decision. Love is love, and now everyone has the […]

A Party & a Book in Remembrance of Jaime

Sorry for the blog silence over here lately. As I mentioned last week, Charlie’s brother and his wife and kids were in town for 10 days, and then my parents also got to town last Thursday and just left this morning. It’s been a whirlwind, busy time with family, but SO so awesome. Needless to […]

The Monday Snapshot – Reconnecting Edition

Well, after my post last Friday, I’m happy to report that Charlie and I spent more time talking together this past weekend than we have in literally months! Friday night we went to dinner together with the family (our regular Friday night tradition). It was the four of us and Charlie’s parents along with two […]

The Monday Snapshot – Mama’s Boy Edition

I had forgotten how tough this 15 month old stage is with a toddler who is quite physically adept but can’t talk. To be fair, Stella had quite a few more words than Harvey does at this point, but I think 15 months is universally difficult with kids because they’re learning so much every day […]

Besties…5 Years Later

Quality over quantity is what matters most to me when it comes to friendships, and 5 years ago I was fortunate enough to make a friend who definitely fits in that category. She is kind, she is compassionate, she is fun, she is non-judgmental. Our husbands are best friends, and we can hang out at any time […]

Happy 33rd Birthday to Me

Well, the past week has been pretty crappy around here, literally. Sickness and death, bickering and fatigue… you name it, we’ve been struggling with it. Today I’m really trying to stop and refocus though. I want to be thankful for sisters who tweet me pictures like this: …and for Moms who post pictures like this… …and […]

The Monday Snapshot – On Continuing Grief

This morning my Mom called me at 6:27am. It’s never a good thing when my Mom calls me, no matter what time of day it is, because my Mom only calls if someone I love has died. I love my Mom, and I call her nearly every day, but I sure don’t like seeing her […]

On Grief: From a Different Perspective

My family started 2014 full of so much excitement and joy. Harvey was born on January 12th, and we just knew it was going to be a great year. It was a great year. However, it was also a year of great loss. Just to name the three deaths that were closest to me: The next […]

The Monday Snapshot – One [1]

It’s completely incomprehensible to me that it’s been an entire year since this happened. And now we are celebrating the completion of this little man’s 1st year of life on this earth.

The Monday Snapshot: Harvey’s First Concert

We are blessed to live in an area that has a ton of live music throughout the year, both indoors and out, but my favorite concert series is probably the one that happens in a nearby town every year in September that is all blues music.  A lot of microbreweries come to sell their beers (it […]

The Monday Snapshot – Wedding Anniversary Thoughts

Last weekend Charlie and I took a quick weekend getaway with the kiddos to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. It’s incredible to think that we decided 5 years ago (on our first anniversary) to try to start a family, struggled & worried for nearly 2 years that it would never happen, and then 3 years ago I […]

The Problem with the Vocal Minority

Some friends and I were talking the other day, and the topic of the vocal minority came up in our conversation. You know the ones – the few who talk a lot of shit and shut down all other perspectives. I then started thinking about this concept in relation to my place in the infertility community and the […]

On Being Incompetent – Just a Little Bit

I mentioned in my post here that the last minute trip back home for my grandmother’s funeral two weeks ago was the longest amount of time I have ever been away from my daughter (4 days/3 nights). When she was 9 months old, I spent one night away from her upon the insistence of my MIL and […]

Forever Young – The 27 Club

Have you ever heard of the 27 Club? Jaime and I used to talk about how crazy it was that so many amazing musicians died at age 27. It just occurred to me today, on what would have been Jaime’s 28th birthday, that she ended up part of that damn club. From my FIL/MIL’s Facebook […]

The Monday Snapshot – Goodbyes

This morning was my Grandmother’s funeral, and it was a beautiful morning for it. The music at the church service was fantastic, and it was so fun to see how many people in the community had known and loved her. There’s something to be said for living in the same area for 85 years. After […]