Reflections

3 AM. I’m awake. Baby girl decided she wasn’t going to sleep like she normally does, and her daddy’s away for the night, so instead of rocking her to sleep and trying to get her back down, I brought her back to my room and let her sleep next to me. My daughter, the heat…

One Year Later

What a year it’s been. Since last April, I’ve recovered from a c-section, evacuated from a hurricane, been displaced for a month, moved to the other side of my job from where we were, seen my husband lose his job and then take on the astronomical role of house spouse while he’s hunting for work,…

New Beginnings

From November 8th: I was going to wait and post again after my house was “finished,” but life happens and sometimes you just can’t wait for things to be perfect. We’ve officially moved closer to my work into a trailer that is the right fit for us right now. There are some cosmetic fixes we…

Blessed Despite the Mess

Hurricane Harvey was catastrophic. That’s the word everyone has been throwing around since the storm made landfall last Friday. Over a week ago. I was cautious, and I have a very strong willed father who told me to get out of town before I couldn’t anymore. We suspected the power would go out, and with…

Magnalite, Magic, and Mother’s Recipes

Today is Mother’s birthday. As I reflect on the wonderful presence she is in my life, I find myself reminiscing. 30 years of memories with her make me so grateful to have her as my mother, my best friend, my confidant and sounding board. She is the sound of reason, the voice in my head,…

PPD 411

Postpartum depression. It’s real. It’s debilitating. It’s scary. But it’s really common. Anywhere from 11 to 20% of all women in the United States alone experience postpartum depression symptoms, though many don’t get the help they need. I was lucky. I knew what to look for, knew it was probably coming, and got help immediately….

Baby O’s Arrival

Just over six weeks ago, I gave birth to my amazing baby girl. I know everybody’s birth experience is different, but I want to share mine–not because something went wrong or I have this horror story to tell,  but because it’s my story and it’s something I feel people might want to know. This pregnancy…

Making Decor and Miracles

The past few months have been filled with interesting developments, new experiences, and more blessings than I could possibly deserve. I know back in November I swore to post more often, but life catches up with you in the most unusual ways and time passes too swiftly. Being pregnant is draining. Yes, it’s glorious and…

A Season of Thanksgiving

After over 4 months (going on 5, really), I have returned to a place physically and emotionally where I can write in my blog again. I have been busy, I promise. Since my last post, some momentous events have occurred. As you are aware, I have been expecting a new niece or nephew. We found…

Birthday Time Again

July heralds my most elaborate birthday cake creating, as it is my little one’s birthday month. She turned 10 this year and requested unicorns for her theme, so off we went! Her party was last Sunday, so I’m a week late, but we’ve been busy having a relaxing summer vacation. I found some awesome ideas…

Pregnancy Pillow

When my friends and family get pregnant, I start sewing. It’s my contribution to a healthy, happy pregnancy for the ones I love. I’ve made two forays into pregnancy pillow making, and I must say they’ve been pretty successful so far. Here’s the first one, which I made for Karissa, a dear friend with whom…

Painting Projects

Over the years, as my creative tastes and outlets have changed, I’ve painted. As it turns out, this particular hobby comes in handy when I need to make a prop for the stage in my new capacity as Theatre teacher. I began with small things, like the occasional canvas, and then added in a flower-pot…