Category: Family Life

Pass the Remote. I’d like to Pause My Life.

Pass the Remote. I’d like to Pause My Life.

I remember learning how to use the VCR remote when I was a kid.  It was amazing how much control that little device gave me!  If I was scared, I could fast forward.  When there was a part of the movie that I loved or […]

Lessons I’ve Learned as a Middle School Parent

Lessons I’ve Learned as a Middle School Parent

The current school year is coming to a close, friends, and a new one will be beginning soon.  With new school years come new adventures, new grade levels, even new schools for some!  This will certainly be true for our family as our second son […]

How I Host 40+ People for Easter

How I Host 40+ People for Easter

If you had told me 10 years ago that I’d be happily hosting 40+ people for Easter, I would’ve questioned your sanity.  However, for the last several years, that’s exactly what I’ve done! Since living here in Jacksonville for the past 15 years, we’ve had […]

5 Top Tips for Keeping Kid Contamination Contained

5 Top Tips for Keeping Kid Contamination Contained

I would say that, in general, our family is very healthy.  And thank the good Lord for it!  But, sure enough, every year when March rolls around, one of the kids will inevitably get sick.  And in a family of six people, that could very […]

Birthday Party Not Included

Birthday Party Not Included

Our youngest daughter turned 8 a few days ago.  And we didn’t throw her a birthday party. (Cue the shock and awe here!) Now, I’m pretty sure that by today’s parenting standards, we are big fat losers.  I mean, it seems like every time I […]

Colorado and the California Zephyr

Colorado and the California Zephyr

Imagine it with me, friends.  Exploring the city on foot, taking train tunnels straight to Narnia.  Beer tastings and amazing breakfasts.  Fabulous hotels, excellent coffees, and views to die for.  Does that sound like a good time to you? Almost two weeks ago now, Greg […]

Popular Opinion Made Us a Couple, Love Kept Us One

Popular Opinion Made Us a Couple, Love Kept Us One

It was a usual Thursday morning, earlier this month.  Greg was getting ready to head to work.  The kids were making their lunches and being reminded to brush their teeth.  It was pretty darn normal (i.e., typically crazy) in our kitchen.  But it wasn’t just […]

The Anniversary I Forgot, But He Remembered

The Anniversary I Forgot, But He Remembered

When was the last time you felt really appreciated?  Like knocked off your feet, blown away, seen, known, and loved by another human being kind of appreciated? For me, it was this morning. Today, Greg celebrates his 15th anniversary working for J&J.  And, by default, […]

Stay-at-Home-Mom is a Misnomer…and other lessons from 15 years as a SAHM

Stay-at-Home-Mom is a Misnomer…and other lessons from 15 years as a SAHM

Fifteen years.  I’ve been at this SAHM gig for 15 whole years now.  How is that even possible? Well, I’ll tell you how.  Time flies, man.  Time flies. I became a mom, and therefore a working mom, while I was an elementary school teacher in […]

Adios, Winter Break!

Adios, Winter Break!

It is official, winter break is over.  The kids went back to school this morning and my house is finally quiet again. Cue Andy Williams and sing with me now, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Don’t get me wrong, though!  I love […]