Make it Monday | Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Or so the song claims. I tend to agree, but also know that such expectation can often leave us wanting more. The wonder and magic of the season can get lost amid the running around, the shopping, the parties, the traveling. Not to mention wrestling with emotional … Continue reading Make it Monday | Christmas

Make it Monday | Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving. One of my favorite parts about the holiday is hosting the big feast. There's nothing better to me than a table full of food and surrounded by family (or those adopted as family for the day). Despite my love of the holiday, I know Thanksgiving has a lot of pressure. It may … Continue reading Make it Monday | Thanksgiving

Make it Monday | Making Room to Recharge

In a time when we are all encouraged to practice self-care, whether as mothers, fathers, single, married, older, or younger, we are simultaneously pressured to find that nebulous 'thing' that helps each of us capture what will restore our weary souls. Then, if we do discover it, we must find a way to incorporate it … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Room to Recharge

Reading Wednesday | The Tinderbox

Curiosity killed the cat, the saying goes. Sylvia Miller's curiosity might just destroy her family. When she peeks in her dad's tinderbox, she unlocks a secret he has harbored for twenty years. The Tinderbox, by Beverly Lewis, returns readers to Lancaster county and the tightknit Amish community of Hickory Hollow. Sylivia is the only daughter … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | The Tinderbox

Reading Wednesday | When do I Love You?

When do I Love You, illustrated by Marta Cabrol, is a charming twist off the popular children's book Guess How Much I Love You. Instead of asking how much, this book asks when, or perhaps better, where. From riding in a truck to sailing in a boat, your little one will know that they cannot go … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | When do I Love You?

184 Days of Motherhood

Six months ago today, my husband and I welcomed our baby boy into our lives. That day changed many things, as new babies do, but it also opened the door for much self-learning. The past 184 days have held challenge and joy, weakness and strength. Motherhood isn't for the faint of heart, but the smile … Continue reading 184 Days of Motherhood

Back to Work, a New Journey Begins

This past week, I returned to work after my maternity leave. It's a juggling act, as all moms know, but I love my job and I'm excited to be back at it. With being a working mom fresh on my plate, I thought I'd write down a few thoughts on the subject. My work schedule … Continue reading Back to Work, a New Journey Begins

The Light of Christmas

Christmas, that most wonderful time of the year. It can be also be challenging: winter storms muddle travel, parties over-fill our calendar, family can have its own dynamics. Nevertheless, it has always been my favorite holiday. To me, Christmas has a certain magic. The sparkly lights, snow glistening on the ground, carols on the radio, … Continue reading The Light of Christmas

A Rollercoaster Year

This past year has been one of the biggest adventures of my life. It's held ups and downs, twists and turns, good fortune and unexpected challenges. Most of all, it has all revolved around becoming a mom. We had just gotten a puppy, so when we somewhat unexpectedly discovered we had a little one on … Continue reading A Rollercoaster Year

The Writer’s Advent – Joy

Joy, an emotion that lights up the eyes of a child when they open a gift to find their dreams come true. It fills the soul like a warm cup of soup on a winter's night. It switches out wrinkles for smile lines on the eldest person's face. No time is joy more easily come … Continue reading The Writer’s Advent – Joy