Calvin’s Corner: Naptime with Hobbes

Naptime around here is a joke. Cal has been a horrendous napper from the very start.  But in all honesty I can’t be too upset because he generally sleeps ten to twelve hours a night.  He will humor me at times by take a morning nap, but with the intention of not taking his afternoon…

The Ten Commandments of a Toddler Parent

 [1] Thou shall not sing with thy toddler.  Thy toddler demands the spotlight. [2] Thou shall not talk to thy toddler  while thy toddler is pooping.  Ever. [3] Thou shall not help thy toddler even when it’s evident that they need your guidance. [4] Thou shall not cut food in a way that has been previously approved by thy toddler. Always ask permission…

Calvin’s Corner: TP-ing Hobbes

Welcome to a new series on the blog named Calvin’s Corner. This series will take you through a day in the life of our 9 month old baby named Calvin.   It’s funny.  It’s cute.  It’s worth reading.   [TP-ing Hobbes] Today while I as washing dishes, Ella came up and told me that Calvin…

Christmas 2015

[Recap] [Christmas Eve] Christmas Eve was spent with my side of the family at my parent’s house.  My Grandma and my Sister were there, and it was wonderful to see them both again. My husband Isaac played three Christmas Eve services at our church with this beauty.  He painted and assembled the bass, and it…

Walking Together

  To My Sisters Walking in the Fire: This post is not an invitation for pity.  Instead it is my opportunity to heal through writing and offer comfort to those currently walking through the flames. Lately I’ve felt the pressure to be “all better now” and possess the ability to enjoy my life as if…

5 Steps to Being a Stress-Free Mom

Sometimes we get into silly arguments over who is more exhausted. But let’s face it, we’re all tired.   Did you know that there is always somebody who’s more tired than you?  Just think about it.  You were exhausted having one child, but the lady who has two children is probably a bit more tired than you, right?  Or…

28 Thoughts on Turning 28

I’m getting to that point of officially feeling like a grown-up. Remember when you were a kid and you used to talk about what you’d do when you grew up? At 28, I’m pretty much there. And it is as scary and exciting as I imagined it would be. So in light of reflecting on…

The Importance of Mommy-Daughter Dates After New Baby

Our daughters need their attention buckets filled.  This is crucial after a new baby enters the family.  Because no matter how old they are, our daughters understand that our time with them lessened after that baby was born.  They notice, and a lot of time attention seeking behaviors start to emerge.  And while it’s frustrating…

Weary and Burdened

Motherhood.  It’s full of joy and excitement, but there are also many times of loneliness and exhaustion.  Fortunately we forget quickly  how difficult that time was when we were essentially running around like chickens with our heads cut off.  Those moments of utter defeat and desperation don’t last forever, but in the moment they can…

Organizing Activities for Toddlers

Hello world!  It’s been ages since I posted anything on the blog.  Hopefully I will continue to find time in my busy schedule to make this a regular thing. So, I just had a baby.  I also have a 2-year-old. Yep, my life is crazy busy. I’d be lying if I said that taking care…

Calvin’s Birth

Calvin. Be still my beating heart. This little sweetheart was born on April 9th, 2015 at 5:39am.  He weighed 8lbs 9oz and was 22.5 inches long. Pregnancy. I mentioned in an earlier post that I had been struggling with gallbladder attacks all through this pregnancy.  The pain is worse than giving birth.  So needless to…

Trust

Sometimes a door gets shut right in your face. It hurts. You cry out to God in desperation. He hears your cries for help. A multitude of people begin to lift you up in prayer. Meanwhile God is smiling because He has plans that will blow your mind. That door that closed will never open…