July 4. Independence Day. It's the day on which we celebrate the great freedom of living in the United States. It's the day we celebrate my in-laws' wedding anniversary and the birthdays of several friends. It's a holiday filled with joyful celebrations, parties, cookouts, and fireworks. And it's the day that will forever remind me of … Continue reading Day 365.
Alexander, my sweet boy: You, my son, are the one. From the moment I saw those two lines on the pregnancy test, I couldn't wait to meet you. You were so wanted. You were prayed for. You made me a mother. You changed me and you changed my world. I love the memories I have … Continue reading Mother’s Day: A Letter to My Son.
"I don't know where to begin. I'm in over my head again. I don't know where to begin. How far can a heart even bend?" - Jenny & Tyler Ready or not, here it comes. 2017. As I wrote yesterday, I have very mixed feelings about saying goodbye to 2016. Last year changed me exponentially … Continue reading Where to Begin.
It's safe to say that 2016 has been a terrible year. In fact, I could probably go ahead and just call it like it is, and say that 2016 has been the absolute worst year of my entire life. As the year draws to a close, I am naturally prone to spend some time reflecting and … Continue reading Goodbye, 2016.
There are lots of traditions around the holidays. Big things. Little things. Family things. Friend things. November and December are months that are rich with traditions that center around families, friends, and relationships. It just is what it is. It's part of the season, right? One of the traditions among our family, and especially Scott's … Continue reading Family Photos.
Christmas is different this year in so many ways. It's different from how it has always been. It's different from how it was supposed to be. It's just different. And it's hard. So. Freaking. Hard. Last year on Christmas Eve we shared the news with my parents and sister and brother-in-law that we were expecting. … Continue reading Silent Nights.
Last night, the winter solstice, marked the longest and darkest night of the year. Days have been progressively shorter since the longest day of the year marked by the summer solstice on June 20, just fifteen days before we found out on July 5 that Alexander's heart was no longer beating. Since that day, darkness … Continue reading The Longest Night.