The Urge to Protect (And the First Day of School 2017)

The day my babies were born I was given an overwhelmingly powerful urge to protect them. What this has looked like as they have grown is me wanting to protect them from falling on their faces when learning to walk, ensuring everything was okay after getting their feelings hurt, helping them navigate the dangers of the world […]

The Veteran Mom

Having young kids, I’ve always looked up to those who are a step or two ahead of me in parenthood. I feel comforted (or terrified) knowing what stages are next for our kids; I guess I’m a planner. In the infancy stage, I eagerly watched friends’ older babies eat solids, walk, and begin to talk and […]

Decorating the Back Deck

Last week I shared that we had recently rebuilt our back deck (to see the before and afters, go HERE) and today I am sharing how I furnished and decorated that area. I wanted to make this space functional, cozy, yet not too crowded, and I think I was able to accomplish just that. I […]

Our DIY Backyard Deck Makeover

On a whim, my husband decided to rebuild our deck. Actually, I am going to go ahead and say WE rebuilt our deck, because trust me, I’ve made more runs to Home Depot and other various lumbar stores in the past month than I had previously ever done in my lifetime, not to mention being […]

Our Front Porch

My husband and I have decided to focus on the outside of our home this summer and create spaces we want to spend more time in. I started by decorating our front porch, which was something I had been wanting to do since we moved in but it had taken a back seat to several […]

Sadly, I’m Not Alone

I want to give a huge thank you for the overwhelmingly positive, uplifting and emotional response I received to my POST a couple of weeks ago on my experience with sexual abuse. I feel weird calling it sexual abuse because at the time, I didn’t see it as such being I was able to get […]

Eight Sure is Great

Today marks our eighth wedding anniversary, and over the weekend we were able to get away by escaping to Whidbey Island, just the two of us. It’s important to us to prioritize time for just ourselves, so we always make it a point to do something special for our anniversary. Whidbey Island is just north […]

Don’t Ever Be Afraid to Speak Up

I read an article the other day that left my blood boiling and my jaw clenched. It was THIS article, and basically states that a woman was suing the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) for not banning a high-profile volleyball coach who she claims sexually abused her years earlier. This article hit pretty close to home because […]

Goodbye, Babies

I found something the other day that made my eyes well. It was one of Franklin’s unused newborn diapers and about the size of my hand. I couldn’t believe how small it was. Did my baby really once fit that teeny tiny little diaper? I found myself in a daze thinking of the times when our baby fit […]

Date Night

Having our first baby pretty much knocked us flat on our faces. We were exhausted new parents trying to figure out how to keep our tiny human alive while still functioning in everyday life, and the days of nice dinners out, spontaneous trips to the movies and all-day river floating adventures were no more. Instead, we […]