The Dandelion Ripple Effect

We were, of course, running late. Aren't we always? But this day we were running late to church. We had to park far away, because we were so late that all of the late-leavers parking spots from the prior service had already been taken. So I'm speed walking up the sidewalk, pulling my four year [...]

A Liv and Maddie Love Letter

I never thought I'd get so upset with Disney that I'd take a break from classic Disney Channel shows. But with the cancellation of Girl Meets World, I needed some space to heal for the first time. I loved that show, and I felt it was prematurely cancelled. But time heals, in this case, and [...]

Birthdays in Heaven

Today would've been my dad's 58th birthday, and its his 4th birthday our family is left to celebrate without him.4 years.Two grand-babies have been born, without the chance to be bounced on his knee. Another grand-baby on the way, my sweet niece, and she too will not hear his booming laugh or be tickled by [...]

April 11 poem

An Ode to CoffeeOh, dear coffee.Sweet nectar of life.The single scent of youBrings my feet to the groundEach morning.Your warm, full aroma waftsFrom room to room,Following me in an invisible streamAs I carry my half full cup throughoutThe house.A single sip can sustain meThrough morning routines Another stolen sipGives me the strength to change theSquirmy babe.While [...]

National Poetry Month

Since April is National Poetry month, I've decided to post a new original poem here each day.  Feel free to share your own creations in the comments. Happy poetry month!Today's poem is a tad mushy, as I've suddenly realized how brief childhood is. So excuse my dip into the sappy side of motherhood. I promise [...]

A Charlie tribute

Today marks one year since my darling Charlie passed away. To honor his life of love, here's a tribute:Three times is bestAll dogs are different,But Charlie is unique--Though not in the way you might think.He hasn't led a dog sled team to victory,He didn't swim across a great sea,He never helped  a fireman,To put out [...]

Disney Morals 101

It's no secret that Disney has taught us a lot over the years. Here's a look back at some of my favorite Disney life lessons. (We're ignoring all of those get married after three days bits because they resolved that quite neatly in Frozen).Pocahontas, Bambi: Respect natureIn a time when there are public service announcements [...]

2013 in Review

2013 was a beautiful and heartbreaking year for my family. Here are 5 of my favorite moments, plus a few of our sad ones.Best: 5. Making snow! In the two weeks following baby A's birth, it got bitterly cold. I mean, -35 cold. It was insane. But if you throw a pot of boiling water in the [...]