A Year in Crisis: What I learned. Let me start by saying that I am incredibly blessed…in so many ways. Let me also say that so many people in this world are struggling with things I can’t even begin to wrap my head around so my year in crisis is small potatoes to some of … Continue reading A Year in Crisis: What I learned…
Volleyball enthusiasts: it’s time to change the narrative. Did you know that volleyball is the #1 team sport for girls in the US? Did you know we have 60,000 more participants than even women's basketball? Some 90,000 more participants than softball. These aren't made up figures. These numbers come directly from the NFHS.However, while we are … Continue reading Changing the Narrative…Pay Attention To Volleyball
This past week has been hard. Incredibly hard. No one prepares you for losing a parent. Even more so, no one prepares you for grieving the loss of a parent while also trying to help your young children cope with the loss of someone very important to them. So I guess it's fair to say … Continue reading A celebration of a life truly lived and loved
It’s become very hard to write these updates on Gaga’s progress post surgery. If I tell you exactly how things have been it will scare and worry people, it might even hurt their hearts to hear and I sincerely don’t want to cause anybody any pain. But the reality is, for the first time in … Continue reading This. is. hard.
I'm not going to lie...I've missed you (writing that is) and I'm ready to be back at it, just maybe not every single day. This last week has been, in a word...challenging, for various reasons. But all week, I've been reminded of the magic in the world, specifically, in children. Our three oldest got to … Continue reading Magic! June 11, 2021
As I reflected on this day and this post it occurred to me I’ve been a lot of different people on Mother’s Day in the past. I’ve been the little girl celebrating her own mommy with homemade cards full of pictures of smiling suns and flowers. I’ve been the young women who had sheer excitement … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day: May 9, 2021
I said it in Finley’s post I’ll say it in Ellen’s too...I cannot believe they are 11. The day they were born was among the longest and scariest of my life. I wanted to keep them in as long as possible but these little humans had other plans. Ellen Anne arrived on the scene, 1 … Continue reading Ellen Anne is 11! May 5, 2021:
I can hardly believe I am writing these words that our oldest son is 11 years old. In many ways it feels like it was literally yesterday I awaited the scariest and most incredible day of my life. In other ways it feels like it was a lifetime ago. I can say one thing with … Continue reading Finley Joseph is 11! May 5, 2021
Cooper aka Snoop. My sweet Cooper. His birth story was the scariest. He was the final baby to be pulled out. He was 2 minutes behind Finley and one minute behind Ellen (though it felt much longer than that) at 1:00pm. He weighed 4 lbs 7 ounces and had the sweetest little face, a face … Continue reading Cooper Claerhout: May 5, 2021: 11 years old!
This Easter certainly looked different from last years Easter. Last year I made the kids get dressed up to watch mass in our family room. This year I still had to force them to dress up, but we actually got to attend mass. I have to say, I enjoyed this Easter more going to in … Continue reading Easter Shenanigans 2021: April 4, 2021