2015 was a big year for our family. Our life was ever changed by the presence of one little human being. One beautiful, special human being that I cannot get enough of. Technically she was born in 2014, but this past year was a whirlwind of new experiences and firsts for us all. We celebrated so many achievements and milestones and embraced our tiny baby as she developed throughout the year to a toddler, a toddler I say. Baby Lo’s birth marked a spiritual awakening in me and I felt my heart grow so much bigger and my love for God so much stronger. From the moment she was placed in my arms and I was declared a “Mom,” I felt this immediate connection to God, unlike anything before. Knowing she is a gift from him and I chosen to be her Mom filled me with this overwhelming feeling of gratefulness. With my family before me and Lo in my arms, we both were baptized this year. It was a commitment we made as individuals and as a family.VIEW STORY »
Wow, how are we prepping for Old Man Time to walk out of the room and the New Year Baby to come wobbling in? Please tell me I am not the only one who has visions of such a cartoon scenario in their head when they think of New Year’s Eve. Anyone?
2015 has been a wild year for me on so many levels. Focusing solely on this Blog though, I want to take a moment and say, THANK YOU. I love that random people stop me in the grocery store and say, “I love your Blog,” or that friends from my past have connected with me through this blog and motherhood and private message me words of encouragement, and I love that I have readers! That I can go to the stats page and see what people enjoy. Again, thank you!
I said it once before and I will say it again, this blog is pure therapy for me. I love it and I love having you along for this journey. Here is a recap of what you loved in 2015. My Top 10 Blog Posts of the year. Did one of your favorites make the list?
I have always been a TOMS fan. To be 100% honest, their mission and messaging caught my attention but the true obsession began after I bought my first pair and I realized how comfortable the shoes were and the quality of their make.
TOMS mission… #OneForOne. For every purchase you make, TOMS will help someone in need. It all started with shoes. Basically when you bought a pair of shoes, someone in need received a pair from TOMS. To this date TOMS has provided 45 million shoes to someone in need. Now their mission has expanded to sight, water, safe birth and kindness. Learn more Here.
When Baby Lo was born, I bought her very first pair. And, because I am that Mom, I bought myself a matching pair and we took a moment for a photo op. See above. Oh, child, you are so fun.
Well this weekend we sighed heavy, smiled and realized we have an 11 month old. Where in the heck did the last few months of time go? 11 months has ushered in an ornery side to her personality. She actually understands some of our verbal cues and giggles, scowls and even mocks us now. Oh, boy, our hands are full!
As we near her first birthday and Christmas, I find myself scouring the web late at night, after she has long gone to bed, for gift ideas.
I am a firm believer in quality over quantity when it comes to toys. Now, I know that very statement is going to earn me some eye rolls, especially from some of Baby Lo’s relatives who hear me whine about not wanting a living room full of bits and pieces of random toys.
Tiny house = tiny toy box, Baby Lo. Sorry about your luck! HaHa. Just kidding. Well sort of.
So, if you find yourself with a baby (okay, I know she is an infant and soon toddler – what!) on your Christmas List, that is nearing or around 1-year’s old, please consider some of my top picks.
This world is crazy. After the tragic and terrifying events from the past weekend in Paris, I find myself turning on the news often, just to turn it off because it disgusts me and scares me at the same time.
I really try to find the good out there. But, when the TV, radio, social media and chatter is ever consumed by the doom and despair, pictures of horrors, stories of sadness, it is hard. Yes, sometimes it is hard to find the good in the world.
Not to get all sappy, but when I look at her, I see it.
You know what kind of girl I am? I am the set my alarm at 4 am to hit the stores on Black Friday kind of girl. Yep! The “what was I thinking?” when the alarm goes off at 3:00 am, but, as soon as I get that first coffee in, it is like I am off to the races.
I don’t head out for AMAZING deals. I don’t head out to wait in long lines for the “must have” door busters. Instead, I think it is all about the act of tradition that we (me and my shopping buddies) love.
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I met Deanna in college. She was the beautiful, charismatic, popular girl with the infectious smile. The other cool thing about Deanna, she was warm and welcoming. Folks, now that is one great package of characteristics not a lot of people can boast.
I went through a bit of a “what am I going to do with my life?” crisis during my early college years. Maybe you can relate? I had aspirations of being an architect and if I had followed that route I probably would have never met so many wonderful people, including Deanna. After one semester in college I decided to change career focuses and well, the rest is history!
In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue looking for the perfect Fall Flannel, jewels and shoes!
I refuse to get into the Columbus Day debate on the Blog. Don’t know what I am talking about? Just Google Columbus Day and you will see. Instead, I plan on discussing the Columbus Day holiday for the pure fact that many retail stores mark the three-day weekend with sales, which there are many! Here is a roundup of great sales from my favorite retailers.
Source (Isn’t this dreamy?)
I LOVE the Huffington Post’s Community Kindness section. You hear so much backlash on today’s youth. How they are selfish, entitled, spoiled, etc. This Story is what I think of when I think of our youth. Don’t let the media full ya. There are BIG hearts out there. They do exist.
I cracked up when I read This! Could you seriously imagine? Checking into a Hotel with Pool Noodles, Painter’s Tape and Baby Gates? I mean I get it. Better safe than sorry. But, c’mon people! I feel like I turned into my parents after reading this. “Well, when I was growing up my parents never did that and I turned out just fine.” Oh, my gosh.