Uninvited Break

As I sit here in my doctor’s office, I realize God has given me an uninvited break.  I guess, sometimes, I pray for a moment to catch up on things.  This is my moment; although, it came at a cost. Whether I overdid it at the gym, lifting my 21 pound infant in his car…

My wish for you

Dear Happy Girl, I pray you never lose your spark.  That light which shines so bright, it makes darkness fade.  That heart so full, it overflows with joy and ignites something in others.  You have a contagious smile that so easily spreads like wildfire. I pray the kids in your class appreciate your larger than…

And then there were five…

We are 9 weeks into our fun-loving, busy newborn season and I have to admit, we have not stopped running.  While I write this, we are on a mid-afternoon break that is only occurring because our four young ones are napping today due to a dance recital this evening. We are definitely in our busiest season…

Completely Anchored

Completely anchored

It was a rainy afternoon and we piled into our mini van and headed off to see the Bubble Guppies live on stage.  The kids were filled with excitement…and to be honest, so were my husband and I! Who doesn’t love a great, family day? Or a great Bubble Guppies song? 😉 We were all belting out tunes from…

My secret to the good life

My secret to the good life!

I’ve been struggling to find enough hours in my day and to carry out everything on my to-do list.  Each day I’d tell myself the same thing, “Once I get the kids tucked into bed, I’ll get this project done and that task done etc. etc. etc.”  All day long, I’d be adding things to…

What its like having a large family

What it’s like having a large family

Our family motto says it all:  there’s never a dull moment.  Life with a large family is a wild ride!  The joys definitely outweigh the challenges and our hearts overflow with love. Today’s post is featured on my beautiful friend, Rachael DeBruin’s blog, Diamonds in the Rough.

What do you do for self-care?

What do you do for self-care?

I was waiting for my girls in the café at the dance studio and was asked, “What do you do for self-care?”  To be honest, that question caught me off guard.  I said, “Um, self-care?”  For a moment, I was speechless.  No one has ever asked me that before, nor have I asked myself that question.…

how to thrive not just survive

How to thrive, not just survive

Some days are harder than others.  Some days I do a silent cheer when the clock strikes seven and my kids are tucked into bed.  I made it through the day – Phew!  But over the years my perspective shifted from not just getting through my day but truly enjoying it and taking steps towards…

10 steps to reach your goals

10 steps to reach your goals

January is a month of new beginnings:  goals, resolutions, thoughts, dreams etc.  What you do with that list greatly affects whether you will be successful in accomplishing them.  Sure the first month or two is exciting but how do you stay purposeful and disciplined in reaching those goals throughout the year?  While focusing on my…

a miraculous journey

A miraculous journey

Being the daughter of a mother who is a fraternal twin and the granddaughter of a grandma who was an identical twin, I grew up expecting twins.  When we found out we were having our first-born, my mom reminded us it could be twins.  She was wrong that time but the second time we conceived, she was right!  I…