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Less than two weeks after Toby died, we found ourselves meandering off the freeway on our way home from a trip to IKEA – headed for a local no-kill shelter called Pets ‘n Pals.  Since I’m obsessed with saving every animal on the planet, I knew (by name) that there were a couple dogs in there […]

Rehabilitating Our Broken Hearts

Rehabilitating Our Broken Hearts

It’s only been 72 hours since we scratched his head for the very last time.  The tears still threaten to flow every time someone asks “How are you doing?” with that tone of voice that says they already know the answer.  I still flinch when the doorbell rings, expecting the loud chorus of barks that […]

Book Review: Praying for Boys

Book Review: Praying for Boys

When we found out Ryder was a boy, I wasn’t the least bit surprised.  That was, after all, in my plan.  So when baby #2 was half-baked, I showed up for the big ultrasound 100% confident we would be seeing pink.  Boy, oh boy, was I wrong!  Didn’t God know that I was destined to have the […]

Grati-Tuesday: My People

Our world is a tough place to exist, and it’s getting tougher all the time.  When we’re bombarded by news headlines about drought and death, and saturated by media that glorifies  the ol’ sex/drugs/rock ‘n roll trifecta, it’s really, REALLY hard to step out from under the little black raincloud that creeps in and robs us […]

Grati-Tuesday, Starting on Monday

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a gratitude post… too long!  I know that everyday holds a multitude of things to be thankful for, but admittedly, I’ve been too busy being cranky and overwhelmed to pay much attention.  Today (Monday), for whatever reason, God is highlighting so many little moments throughout my day I’d […]

Official Engagement Photo

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time (in 1999 – I think), a young girl and boy met at a frat party.  Romantic, right?! A few months later, the girl finally agreed to go out on a date with the boy.  Three months after that, the boy proposed to the girl at the end of Pier 39 in […]

One, Two, FWEEE!

One, Two, FWEEE!

Three years ago, this very night, I looked like this… My parents and mother-in-law were in town, and we celebrated Christmas a few days early.  My dad did an amazing job entertaining Ryder while we checked in to the hospital bright and early the next morning. We had a lovely team of nurses, and we […]

Book Review: A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson

Book Review: A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson

While at a MOPs conference last year, I signed up with Revell Publishers to be on a review list.  They email me about books they think I might enjoy, and if I respond affirmatively, the book arrives in the mail a short time later.  Awesome, right?! I just finished A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody […]

Reflections on an Unforgettable Weekend: {MOMCon 2013}

Reflections on an Unforgettable Weekend: {MOMCon 2013}

“MomCon” is the catchy new name for the annual Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs) international convention.  Every year it’s in a different location and features incredible speakers, inspiring workshops, and a marketplace filled with books and clothes and other fun things to buy.  And every year, it’s UH-MAZE-EENG! This year, I attended convention for the second […]