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college bound

Published on August 22nd, 2014

I dropped my firstborn child off at college yesterday (Go Temple!). Not sure how I feel about all of this. I’m happy for him and excited about the numerous opportunities in front of him. I believe he’s going to excel. But, it’s a hard thing saying goodbye to someone who’s been in our house and



Published on August 14th, 2014

Naps are beautiful. They are not for everyone, but I still feel they’re beautiful. I don’t often get to take them, but when I do, they restore alertness. I feel refreshed. I recently had a chance to take some time to vacation with my family. Slower mornings. No agendas. Time to eat and converse. Time


a graduate

Published on June 16th, 2014

My oldest son is a high school graduate. I’m very proud of him! Congratulations Cameron. You are an amazing man! And…I’m still taller than you.

family life

Published on April 25th, 2014

I have six kids. They all have busy schedules. They all have expectations. They all have plans (for me). Honestly, sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming. I often feel as if I disappoint them on most days. It’s interesting too because it seems that just as soon as I begin to feel confident as a parent,


Miss Bree

Published on February 7th, 2014

My sweet Cambree is three! You fill our hearts with laughter. You fill our house with energy. You fill our faces with kisses! Life would not be quite the same without our Pennsylvania born girl. You are adorable, kindhearted, funny, giving, and full of words (I love to hear you talk!). You have a delightful


I can’t do Donald Duck

Published on October 27th, 2013

I’ve tried, but I simply cannot imitate Donald Duck.  It’s the only imitation that I wish I could do, but it fails me.  My father-in-law can imitate the duck sound perfectly.  Of course, this adds to my frustration.  My children flock to him with screams of delight as he effortlessly sounds like the beloved Disney


my son is 18

Published on October 18th, 2013

My son Cameron turned 18 today.  I’m really enjoying this time with him.  I would like to slow the pace as life will soon change for him…and us…and our family.  But this is good, and he has a bright future.  Happy Birthday Cameron.  I love your quick wit, sarcasm, and intuition.  You’re a great thinker. 


new school year

Published on September 7th, 2013

It has begun.  Some new clothes, new shoes, new supplies, new schedules, and new teachers have launched a school year that is going to be special.  I find five out of our six kids in school this year.  I am trying to enjoy all of these moments as they seem to be moving at an


ice cubes

Published on August 31st, 2013

I got grumpy last week because I did not have any ice cubes in my cup.  I love ice cubes.  I love a glass full of ice cubes.  The ice maker in my freezer stopped producing its usual glorious cubes of ice, and it made me mad.  I’m also fairly challenged when it comes to


Caden’s 7!

Published on August 23rd, 2013

Happy Birthday Mr. Caden!  It’s an absolute joy to be your father.  I love your imagination, resourcefulness, and inquisitive mind.  I love how you interact with our family.  You have a special place in all of our hearts.  Enjoy being seven!  It’s a great number.  I hope you have a fantastic birthday and another great