my turn (aka that cake!)

For all of one week, my husband was married to a younger woman.

Then it was my turn.


Forget the cheesecake and the ice cream cake. I wanted a girly cake.

And – thanks to my beloved oldest child – a girly cake is what I got.


I also got 11 handmade cards, created just for me by each of my babies.

I firmly believe Noah would have made me a card if he could hold a marker and fold purple construction paper with those tiny paws of his. Because, well… I feed him. And have you seen his belly?


My husband even surprised me with a gift.

I say *surprised* because I had asked for something else – something unwrappable – and he’d agreed. But surprises are really nice.

Especially when that surprise is a tripod, which means you won’t have to haul a ladder around in the woods to stabilize your camera for fantastical shots.

Now I’m wondering if the fact that it was my husband who had to haul that ladder around the woods might have precipitated his gift choice for me this year…


Anyway, despite the fact that my youth is now firmly in my rearview mirror, it feels okay to officially turn one year older.

Surrounded by my kiddos, with our sweet Clementine on the way… I might even say, it feels good.

P.S. Another thing that made me feel good about my birthday was your sweet, sweet birthday wishes on Facebook. I wasn’t able to reply to every one, but I read them all. And I smiled a lot. Thank you.

P.P.S. The unwrappable gift arrived a few days later. And will be the subject of another post – soon.


…still partying …

And, one day after Isabelle turned 10, my husband turned 46.

Not quite as exciting.


But my mom, niece and nephews were visiting, and some partying definitely took place.


Many, many handmade cards were read.


Presents were opened.


Turtle cheesecake was consumed.


Fun was had.

And it was good.




Been loving my summer photography class. As always, Lisa is pushing all of us way out of our comfy-cozy-safe-place. Where – if it were up to us – some of us would stay. *ahem* And, I have to say, it has been so. much. fun. One of our assignments was to photographically interpret Mystical, Magical, […]

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we’ve been partying


Asher’s birthday in June kicks off almost a month of birthdays. Asher. Isabelle. Chris. And mine. Packed into 23 short days. And, despite the fact that I continue to run behind in getting these celebratory pictures posted, I’m determined. Because really, if you can’t publish a bunch of posts featuring relatively mundane birthday pictures on […]

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He’s entering his second year of college this fall. Over 600 miles away. So when he’s here over the summer I have weeks, not months, to do all-the-stuff-I-wish-I-had-all-year-to-do. Being a mama can be so hard on the heart. One of the things on that “to-do” list is pictures. Lots of pictures. On this day we […]

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he’s 15


Happy Birthday, Asher. Granted, this post is over a month late, but my lack of posting is no reflection of my lack of love. Because this boy makes me smile. He’s one year 11 months away from driving. And less than 3 years away from being officially an “adult”. He’s 6′ tall and wears a […]

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Yesterday was the 4th of July. Sun shining, high temps in the mid 80′s and a light breeze blowing. We had the picnic basket ready to go by 11 AM. By 12, our picnic lunch was devoured. And we let the kids – souped up on bologna sandwiches, cheese sticks and Cherry Coke – run […]

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meet our new daughter


It’s my birthday. And birthday girls get to do what birthday girls want to do, amiright? So today, on my big day (both figuratively and literally), I want to introduce y’all to someone very, very special. Meet our new daughter. We will name her Clementine. Clementine was a name we’ve considered in the past, but […]

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out and about


It’s summer. And all my babies are home. My most favorite time of year. And there is so much I want to squeeze into the time we are all together – all fun stuff, of course. But the truth is, we just don’t get out a whole lot. For several reasons. 1) I am a […]

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it’s summer, the end.


Finishing out with Miss Isabelle, our public schooler turned homeschooler. Because it just seems like she deserves a post of her own. In November of last year we pulled Isabelle out of public school to bring her home. It was, honestly, quite a surprise to all of us as we weren’t expecting to homeschool her […]

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