This kid

January 6, 2017

You wake inconsolable, your up-from-nap cries sounding alarm.

Nothing can soothe you today, not even the warmth of my arm.

We get your milk cup, settle down on the couch,

But your little body won’t calm, not even a slouch.

Your sobs wrack your body, tears stream down your face.

Your pacifier makes slobber rain all over the place.

I snuggle you close, wrap my arms ’round you tight;

The cries start to cease, slowly giving up the fight.

Finally you breathe, leaning into my chest.

My mind slows to ease you down; Mama knows you best.

After a minute I can see the fear starts to return.

I don’t want the cries to come back, for just that I yearn.

The chipper truck is outside; we can hear it on the street.

You want to go see it; I’m back on my feet.

We watch out the window, your tiny blinks on my cheek.

My arms are your strength whenever you’re weak.

Your little head pressed firmly against mine

Makes me want to stand there forever, wishing I could stop time.

Soon Lana comes out, awake from a nap of her own,

And you’re now willing to get down, stand on the floor where the sun has just shone.

Baby fingers go back to carrying Shopkins around,

Placing each one in a line on my lap, barely making a sound.

Your peace is restored, no more tears on your face.

I’m grateful for that quiet moment with you in our own time and space.




Deck the halls

November 30, 2016

And all that jazz…


Our tree is up, tiny, and perfect for this year. I wanted a small one so Morrison doesn’t constantly trip and fall into the thing, ruining umpteen ornaments. Next year we’ll probably be back to full size. I think it turned out splendidly.

I’m pretty sure this is


Thankful, always

November 22, 2016

Thankful for a beautiful 6 year old whose kind heart and amazing mind inspire me and make me prouder every day.

Thankful for the most incredible 4 year old I’ve ever known. Her fairy spirit knows no bounds, and the inner workings of her mind are some of the most indescribably magnificent places humankind has ever experienced.

Thankful for an adorable little almost-18 month old whose smile lights a room, whose laughter brightens the darkest hours, and whose hugs make everything better.

Thankful for the man whom those 3 miracles call Daddy, without whom none of this would be possible.

Thankful for the time to be everything to our children, day and night.

Thankful for the health and strength to be everything to our children.

Thankful for family near and far, here and beyond. No matter how frequent or infrequent the contact, all are forever a part of us.

Thankful for friends old and new. Those friends who are always there, who know your secrets, who will keep you laughing until your sides ache and your cheeks hurt, and who make it seem like no time has passed at all when you meet again.

Thankful for friends, neighbors, and good people who believe in and value the same things. The importance of knowing you are there for our children, too, cannot be put into words.

Thankful for this house that becomes more and more our home every day. Our children came home here, are growing up here, and are learning



November 13, 2016

Lana turned 4 on October 21, and she simply gets more twinkly and beautiful by the day. And since I’m almost a month late with this post (shocking, I know!), I’ll fill it with lots of pictures of our incredible middle born. I just reread her 3-year-old post from last year, and it’s clear that […]

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M 15 month stats

October 24, 2016

Seriously? I can’t even believe how late I am for this post, and that’s saying something, seeing how I haven’t been “on time” for a post in about 4 years. Morrison turned 15 months old almost 2 months ago! In all fairness, we didn’t have his 15-month well check until he was almost 16 months […]

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1st grade

September 1, 2016

Della started 1st grade today, and I missed her the second she walked through those doors to begin this new school year. I miss her like crazy every time she goes to school, but I know she’s going to have a wonderful year again. After meeting her teacher, Mrs. Tauscher, the other night at meet […]

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Please don’t go!

August 31, 2016

I cannot believe today is the last day of summer vacation and we have to start the school routine all over again tomorrow. Waaahhh!!! Della is so totally excited to get back to school and start 1st grade, but I am so not ready for summer to end. It is my absolute favorite time of […]

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