Week 19

"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 … Continue reading Week 19

Week 18

"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. I still have a difficult time bringing myself to say it out loud. I won't be going back to the job I had fallen in love … Continue reading Week 18

Week 17

"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. … Continue reading Week 17

Week 16

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings. - Mansfield Park. I'm hoping that this post can serve as an explanation of sorts for my sporadic nature of my postings lately... Yes. I have infant twins. Yes. I have two older children. Yes. I'm constantly running to the school bus stop, tracking doctors appointments … Continue reading Week 16

Week 15

"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, … Continue reading Week 15

Week 14

“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 … Continue reading Week 14

Week 13

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 … Continue reading Week 13

Week 12

“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 … Continue reading Week 12

Week 11

" 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 … Continue reading Week 11

Week 10

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. Here's what I had imagined our year would … Continue reading Week 10