Gratitude

Gratitude: the state of being grateful: thankfulness It’s fitting that gratitude is defined as a state of being, rather than a defined action. Thankfulness instead of giving thanks. Four years ago, I would have told you that I was thankful for the men and women who serve our country. I was grateful for their sacrifice. … Continue reading

We Are Family

This weekend, 30 members of my family came from all over the country to Arlington for our 31st family reunion. Many of you will find that pretty amazing, but for our group, it was one of the smallest reunions we have ever had. My Uncle Glen and Aunt Darlene came up with the idea and … Continue reading

Let Your Heart Be Light

Every year, I look forward to writing our holiday letter. It’s a great chance to do a personal year in review and to let our friends and family know how very near and dear they are to our hearts. This year, I have rewritten the letter three times and I’ve just trashed the third. I’m … Continue reading

When the Bough Breaks

From the minute we find out that we are carrying our kids, we try to protect them. We take prenatal vitamins, we give up caffeine and our much beloved glass of wine. We research the best cribs, strollers, car seats and toys. We ransack our once lovely homes for anything that could be potentially harmful. … Continue reading

Are We There Yet?

We got back last Sunday night from a mini vacation.  My husband had a work conference and so the kids and I tagged along.  On the 5 hour drive, several times the kids asked what remains my favorite road trip question, “Are we there yet?” “No, you’ll know when we get there.”   “How much … Continue reading

Augusta, Ho!

At some point almost everyday, I sit down at the desk, press the space bar, and actually use the computer. I know, I know, this is crazy. In a world where nearly every e-mail in my inbox ends with the line “sent from my iPhone”, iPad, or droid, I am in the minority. I love … Continue reading

When words fail me

I can’t believe that I haven’t written an entry since February. Is that possible? I know I never shut up, so how on earth could I have found nothing to write about? Writer’s block? Self censoring? Good sleeping habits? I’m actually a bit ashamed to admit the real reason. The truth is, I have been … Continue reading

Love is a garage door opener

So tomorrow will be my 20th Valentine’s Day with my husband. We started dating as kids, Seth had just turned 17 and I was 15. As my son likes to tell the story, we got married because I borrowed Seth’s napkin. That very first Valentine’s, we’d been dating 5 whole months, we wound up at … Continue reading