Join us Feb. 18 – Easter morning! {2015}

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I am so excited to announce that I’ll be spending my days with you - almost every one of them - during the Lenten season, going through Jesus’ ministry up through his crucifixion. It’s a little deviation from my normal posting. Usually, I’d rather stick a fork in my eye than talk about the same thing every day, but this is different. This feels right. I wrote... read more >>

A Prayer for Comfort

…11So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. 12But Moses' hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. 13So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and... read more >>

Exciting stuff going on.

Guys. I've been quiet in this space, but have been very busy behind the scenes gearing up for some exciting things!  Things that are going to happen very soon. The first is that my insider's guide for parents facing a prenatal diagnosis is almost complete. I had a few test readers look it over - some heart moms and our beloved social worker from Ryan's days in the hospital... read more >>

What if the village is mine

I remember when I had Ainsley. She was my second and tumbled out exactly 22 months after her big sister. I loved her dearly, but honestly most of my emotional energy was spent worrying about my first. How would she adjust? Would she feel left out? Would she feel discarded? Or feel bad that she didn’t have as much mommy time? These are the worries of second-round... read more >>

Hello 2015!

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I'm glad to say goodbye to 2014. Arrivederci. Auf Wiedersehen. Ciao. 2014 was one of the hardest years of my entire life. For a few months there it rivaled the year I spent going back and forth to the hospital watching Ryan fight for his life. I was an emotional wreck. I'm happy to say I'm coming out of the dark. Gloria Estafan would be proud. During the saga with... read more >>

This is why…

We've been in the news a few times. And I've read articles of other families dealing with hard decisions related to birth defects. What's fascinating is reading comments. It's a dangerous activity if you're the one being featured in the story, but I'm typically able to chalk up the ignorant ones as just that - - ignorant. I remember in the comments of one article we were... read more >>

Mary did you know?

I’ll never forget how the girls fell in love with the song, Mary Did You Know, when I was pregnant with Ryan. They wanted to listen to it over and over that Christmas season and it seemed to play on every radio station my dial was set to. All I could think of when the song was playing was, "did you know that your baby boy was going to die before you?" Did you know,... read more >>

Christmas Tree shopping 2014

We got a tree this past weekend - yay!  This by far has been one of my favorite years for shopping and decorating the tree. But first we went to Natalie's choir concert on Friday night at school. I couldn't help but snap a picture of Piper playing with the kids while they waited for the show to start (the performers have to be there early so everyone just stays. If you don't,... read more >>

Happy First Birthday, Piper

Our baby turned 1 last week. She's trying all sorts of new foods and is especially fond of chili and spaghetti. She's my pickiest eater to date and seems to get bored with the same tastes quickly. She still won't take anything other than water in a bottle, but now that she's one I started giving her some yogurt this week. If I could get her to eat yogurt every day and... read more >>

In case you thought we got lost…

I'll give you three chances to guess whose computer was with Apple Care for almost 2 weeks being fixed. If you guessed me, you're right. I was busy in those weeks baking cookies and icing them for the cookie walk at school. And celebrating Thanksgiving with family. And shopping with my sister for a baby doll for my niece. I'd like to know how this one got through... read more >>