Category Archives: Sunday Times

“Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction,.” – Northanger Abbey.

Try telling that to a 7.5 year old. In fact, try telling that to a 27.5 year old postpartum mama. Or try telling that to anyone at all. The way we dress – more importantly, how we feel in our “dress” – plays a huge role on our feelings of self-worth and self-esteem.

What I’m really saying is… my daughter got her ears pierced. That’s right. Her ears. Continue reading

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” – Jane Austen through personal correspondence.

It’s official. I’ve made it official. I am officially considered a stay-at-home mom. Continue reading

“Time will explain.” – Persuasion

We spend a lot of our days with hope-filled hearts full of expectations for a life filled with tomorrows.

As children, we grow up, dreaming about what we want to be and where we want to go. Impatient, with the expectation that someday we will have everything we’ve ever wanted.

We get married, with the expectation that we will grow old with the person standing across from us on that altar. We expect that they will always be there as our partner in crime and we will explore life together side by side.

We have a baby, with the expectation that we will be there to guide them from their first breaths to their first steps. We expect to watch them dream throughout their childhood and be able to watch them grow impatient for their own dreams to come true. We expect to celebrate with them as they find their own partner in crime and start making their own plans and having their own babies. Continue reading

“They are much to be pitied who have not been given a taste for nature early in life” –  Mansfield Park

This is definitely one of the perks to being around babies/toddlers/young children… at any given moment – they are experiencing something for the very first time.

A fantastic reminder for us to slow down, take a look around, get down at their level and experience things with them – it’s amazing what a different perspective it can give you. Continue reading

“I would have everybody marry if they can do it properly; I do not like to have people throw themselves away; but everybody should marry as soon as they can do it to advantage.” – Mansfield Park

I need to take this opportunity to celebrate. There is nothing greater than finding the one your heart has been waiting for. And it sounds like my precious sister-in-law has found it! I’ve just recently heard the amazing news – my sister will be married to what I understand to be an incredible man!! Continue reading

It is well to have as many holds upon happiness as possible. – Northanger Abbey

We all know the world is an awful place. It doesn’t take much to tell us this. Just turn on the TV. Flip through the channels a couple of times. It’s everywhere. Ugly. Sad. Lonely. Scary.

I asked Hailey the other day what she wanted to be when she grows up. This changes on the daily – I was expecting an answer like – a teacher, veterinarian, doctor… but this time I got something different. “I just wanna be happy,” she says plainly. Happy. How does one “be” happy? Continue reading

“One man’s ways may be as good as another’s, but we all like our own best.”
– Jane Austen, Persuasion

They say the problem with having children is that they don’t come with an instruction manual. That may be true – they block off entire sections of bookstores with “instruction manuals” – suggestions/strategies telling you how to parent “the right way”. Continue reading

” One cannot have too large a party.” – Emma 

We are blessed to have a big and beautiful family. Because of this, on any given month of the year, someone in it is celebrating a birthday. My kids know this, as they often get me to recite for them the list of who’s is coming next. And guess what – at this particular time, on this particular day, it’s me. Today is my birthday. It’s my birthday today.

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For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn? – Pride and Prejudice

Last week was our first week of school – and I received an alarming glimpse of what our year is going to look like.

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