And I Am Thankful

Gabby Barrett- The Good Ones He’s a phone call to his parentsHe’s a Bible by the bedHe’s the t-shirt that I’m wearingHe’s the song stuck in my HeadHe’s solid and He’s steadyLike the Allegheny runsHe knows just where He’s goingAnd He’s proud of where He’s from One of the good onesHe’s one of the good…

when you haven’t mattered

Every time someone tries to turn an innocent mind against their mother, I will have a receipt to share. Every time someone attacks who I am to those who trust me and love me, I will have a receipt to share. Every time someone tries to make my kids into theirs, I will have a receipt to share. I am not throwing away my motherhood because of someone else’s determination to disrespect me.

family pictures 2019

It is no secret I have a slight obsession with family pictures. I have made efforts to have some pictures taken of my crew, both together and individually, yearly or biyearly since the beginning of being a mom more than 13 years ago.I won’t tell you this time wasn’t different. It was very different.It felt…

Cabin for Christmas

This past Christmas we decided we had enough STUFF (and not enough SPACE) and opted for Experiences over Presents.And it was the best time. We rented a cabin in the Great Smokey Mountains. On Christmas morning, the kids opened items that correlated to the experience; ie a new play magic wand to go with MagiQuest…

Merry Everything

My home is full. Full to bursting. With people. Children. Lights. Food. Games. I have had years where my heart grieved the loss of my family of origin. And there are days I still do, at the very least, grieve for what might have and should have been. I deeply love several of my siblings…

Summer of BIG things

My kids are growing up. Yeah, yeah, I know; that’s what they do. But this past year and especially this summer has displayed just how much they’re growing up! It’s so much fun to see them seek adventure and do new things. I love watching them become the people God has made them to be….

Meet Maggie and Abe

So sorry ’bout it, but you’re so behind. Maggie and Abe were born March of 2017 and we met them on their 30th day in the NICU. As I write this, Miss Magnolia sleeps beside me (which is where she always sleeps in case you’re wondering) for her nap and Mister Abraham is playing with…

Lily Turns Six

My beautiful little baby girl has turned six years old.  Can it really be that it’s been so long since she was born? I feel as though in some way she’s always been with me. She’s no version of me, although we look so much alike; she her own lovely person and I just can’t…

Lily learns to SEW!!!

For Christmas, Miss Lily was given a sewing machine by your’s truly. She had been asking and asking for one and I just wasn’t sure she would really use it. However, as time went on, she stayed determined that she wanted this. Badly. She noticed machines at every store, especially the toy machines (which I…

homelearning: what we are studying this year

Today we began YEAR TWO of this homeschooling adventure! Ok, ok, we actually began in August and that’s how long this little gem has been sitting in my draft box! One thing I’ve learned in my first year of homeschooling is that homeschool moms love and hate to talk about curriculum. There is a sense…