A crazy, beautiful journey

  Newborn, infant and toddler. Prior to having Boogie, those words were interchangeable to me. There really couldn't be that much difference between the stages, right? Wrong! I can now relate the changes to the stages of a sunrise. Newborn is like the darkness right before dawn; you know that things are about to change,…

Failure to Communicate

  I hate doing things at the last minute. Absolutely hate it. I like to have a plan and to stick to it as much as possible. If something is scheduled to start at 4pm, I'm there at 3:45pm. Hubby gets on me because I'm such a stickler for being prompt, but I tell him…

Coming Home

  My brother is taking leave from the military this coming week, and the entire family is very excited to see him. We're a family who loves to eat, so I'm gearing up for a week or two of hosting. I have a few of his favorite dishes lined up and I'm sure he will…

Growth

  We took advantage of the cold weather today and did a major deep clean. It's amazing the amount of stuff we've accumulated over the last 10 years. It felt good to toss out old, unwanted stuff. With our 11th anniversary coming up, hubby and I have been reminiscing about our past. When we first…

Back to Reality

  Our first family vacation was a success!! We had an amazing time and enjoyed sightseeing and relaxing. We spent time with a few friends, but really wanted to dedicate as much time to ourselves as possible. Boogie did awesome on the flight there and back, and even stole a few hearts along the way;…

Getting Ready

  We're mostly packed for our trip. I say mostly because hubby has this wonderful fly by the seat of his pants mentality and is packing his stuff piecemeal. I, on the other hand, have lists for my lists, and have been packed since Sunday. Packing for both Boogie and I brings about a sense…

Nostalgia

  I find myself becoming more nostalgic as we get further into May. I can't believe that Boogie will be a year old next month. It seems like we just brought him home from the hospital. I remember being so nervous on the first ride home. Would we be able to handle it? With the…

Mother’s Day

  The relationship between mother and daughter has to be one of the most complicated dynamics. Somewhere around the age of 12, young girls begin seeing their mothers in a different light. The once fun-loving relationship begins transitioning into an adversarial one. By the time a girl is in her teens, some households resemble warzones.…

Passing Through

  While in Walgreens today, I was behind a woman who resembled my grandma so much. Her posture, style of dress, even her perfume. It made me weak, and I immediately called out to God for strength. Tears clouded my ears and I could picture her face so clearly. My grandma was the cornerstone of…

Family Matters

  I'm having a difficult time connecting with a close relative of mine. She tends to isolate herself to the extreme (actively ignoring phone calls and texts, staying hunkered down in the house), and I just don't know how to bridge the gap, and honestly I'm not sure that I want to. With me being…