It was a beautiful spring day; the sun was shining bright and there was that fresh crispness in the air that only spring seems to be able to bring about.
With summer quickly approaching, our household has been dreaming of hot days spent in cool lakes. Naturally, Brad and I thought it would be a good idea to sign Marshall and Vi up for swim lessons.
When we lived in Kansas City, Brad worked for a department that was short-staffed and overworked at the time. He was only 24 and I was still a baby at 22, we lived about 8 hours from all of our family when Marshall was born. The day we came home from the hospital- less than 48 hours after giving birth to our first- Brad went back to work leaving me alone with this new little life to figure out how to take care of. All while healing myself. He was disappointed that he didn’t get as much bonding time with his new son as he would like, but we needed the income and feared him losing his job if he didn’t return to work asap. We made it work, but it was hard and stressful on the both of us.
St. Patrick’s day is probably one of our family’s favorite holidays around here. After all, it’s a day full of hijinks, pub style food, and gold- what’s not to love?!
My pregnancy with Francesca went remarkably well in comparison to my previous ones. Then, those final weeks kicked in and- again- my body decided that pregnancy is hard. My heart rate skyrocketed and my blood pressure elevated, my OB decided enough was enough and booked me to be induced at 37 weeks. Continue reading
The big day came and went; the baby is here, the announcement has been made, and visitors are clamoring to get their first look at the new addition. But there is a key element missing in all of this: the mama. See, all throughout your pregnancy people love to tell horror stories of labor and sleepless newborn nights (don’t fret, all my labors and early newborn days have been pretty awesome) but few give their tips, tricks, and what to expect for mom’s self-care after delivery. So here’s the down and dirty on what to expect and how to make healing a bit less daunting postpartum. Continue reading
In our house, we love to really celebrate the holidays and create special memories for the kids beyond Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Continue reading
One thing I hope my children take away from their parents’ marriage is our love. We have never been a flashy couple, we aren’t a kind of romantic love story that would get a book or a movie based on it. But, God, do we love each other. Continue reading
My birthday this year found me just weeks away from giving birth. I was swollen, on bedrest, and trying to stay focused on the light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading
For our first featured book of 2017, I can’t think of a better message than The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan. Continue reading