Happiness is ______ {2014-W44} #happinessis

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you […]

Morning Walk Musings #truththursday

While I miss San Antonio, my Texas friends and family. I cannot deny that I’m really loving North Carolina. We used to have to wait for the “cooler” weather until November in San Antonio, suffering through 90’s (and even 100’s) until that point. But here? The cooler fall weather already hit in September, and it’s […]

On Learning, Listening, and Finally Taking Time for Me #beautyis #Mom2Summit

When I stepped out of the minivan and onto the sidewalk of the airport, I felt anxious and nervous. I was second-guessing my decision to go. I hadn’t been away from the baby for more than 24 hours before – what if she needed me? What if my husband couldn’t handle it through the night? […]

Dream a Little Dream of Reality

I used to have a ceramic floral tea cup and plate sitting upon a lacy doily with dried carnations and roses resting on my white nightstand. As a child, I loved french romance. I cut out many phrases artfully taped to my wall, and experienced many dreams of my future adulthood in my four poster […]

Turning the Corner – On Squareness, Roundness, and Fitting In

I get lost in the every day with my family, especially lately. I’m focusing so much time and energy on them, myself, this house, our lives, that suddenly I blink and it’s been five days since I’ve opened up my WordPress dashboard to write anything. Every day since Baby V was born was a struggle. […]

Happiness is ______ {Week Twenty-Six} #happinessis

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so […]

The Day of Can’ts

Every single day I experience “can’ts” of some kind, whether I want to or not. Some days I can’t sleep, other days I can’t eat, or I can’t move an inch without the baby chasing me, shrieking “Mama!!!” Today was a day of all my can’ts put into a blender, set to high, but without […]

How a Fever, Sleepless Nights, & Obnoxious Kids Changed Me as a Mom Forever

After getting sick late Wednesday night, I spent the last part of the week in a fever-induced haze. Tired, rundown, haggard,¬†vacillating¬†between sweating and freezing, all while battling a suspicious fever that persisted with no other symptoms or ailments to warrant or explain its existence. I did my damnedest to scrub the evil fever from my […]


Her chest rises and falls with every inhalation; I struggle to adjust to its temporarily silence, unwilling to disrupt it with electronic interference while she sleeps. She flails about in her sleep often, unable to attain rest-filled peace. I stand guard, agitated and twitchy; I want to rise, move about, do something, ANYTHING, but I […]

Two Weeks

He’s gone again. This time, for two weeks. Gone during Valentine’s day (again). He left at 3am early Monday morning, after only sleeping for a couple hours (if that). We clung to one another while we slept. I fell asleep sobbing, holding him, as I normally do the night before he leaves. Reality sets in […]