• Family,  Florida,  Travel

    Timucuan Preserve – Theodore Roosevelt Area

    Here I was with my babes in the woods, spattered with bug spray and heading down the trail in the surprisingly pleasant Fall weather that Northeast Florida had given us that day; slightly overcast and not too muggy with a breeze in the air. We were exploring the Theodore Roosevelt area of the Timucuan Ecological & Historical Preserve. It’s a nice little trail! Along the way there’s a fork to the right over to the marsh and you might even spot a Great Blue Heron. If you’re interested in learning more about the preserve and surrounding historic area, check out this website. And taken from what I had posted on…

  • Family,  Parenting

    Progress in Parenting

    I haven’t listened to the latest parenting podcast. I haven’t read the most recent hit how-to book on “being the best mom ever”. And I haven’t scrolled through the numerous posts on social media about why moms do (or don’t) have “mom guilt”, although I have certainly seen them before. And none of these are bad, in fact I’m sure many are really encouraging and insightful and I would like to catch up on it someday. But see, that’s the thing. I just don’t have time for that right now. All I know is that I’m on this rollercoaster called Motherhood that has it’s highs and lows (honestly mostly highs…

  • Family,  Parenting

    Baby Wearing – Ring Sling & Twingo Carrier Reviews

    The twins are 11 weeks old! Woohoo! So, I finally gave my Maya Wrap Ring Sling a try….and it’s kind of amazing. I watched a couple of YouTube videos and learned how to thread the ring, put on the sling, and place the baby. It was magical to be holding my baby hands-free!  Now I just need to figure out how to wear it with twins…  Update: I never wore the ring sling with 2 babies. I just felt like it was too experimental with precious little bodies to keep snug and secure!   So instead….behold the TWINGO carrier. It’s seriously a lifesaver! The twins are nearly 14 months old…

  • Family,  Parenting

    Twin Birth Story

    Well, it’s a month later, but the details on the birth of my 2 girls are as clear as ever, due to one main reason: C-section. The day had come and labor had not…I was at 38 weeks. The doctors did not want to wait any longer to get these babies out (just the protocol for twins at Duke University Hospital), and so the date had been set for December 11, 2018 for either induction of natural delivery if baby ‘A’ on bottom was in a head-down position OR Cesarean section if she was still breech or transverse. The frustrating part for me up until that point was that she…

  • Family

    Our 12 Days of Christmas

    THURSDAY THOUGHTS The past couple of days (as in, early December when I first started to write this post), I have spent some time looking into various Christmas activities, traditions, service opportunities, and tasty recipes to make our December extra merry & bright; I have always wanted to do a “12 Days of Christmas” filled with all of these exceptional things, while at the same time honing in on the true reason for the season–which we believe is to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Ideally, our 12 days of Christmas would have a Christ-focused approach while also being filled with several low-key activities intermingled with the spiritual…

  • Crafty,  Family

    Easy DIY Baby Blanket

    THURSDAY THOUGHTS I finally thought I’d share my baby-blanket-making experience from a few months ago….back in April. I definitely needed to wait until after June to post this, since I was making 2 blankets–one for each sister-in-law, whose babies were both due in June and I didn’t want them to get a sneak peek of their gifts before I had a chance to give them 🙂 First off, let it be known that this was not only my first baby blanket, but also my very first self-monitored sewing project–which means, if I could do it, anyone can do it! Trust me! I followed this blog tutorial because it provided clear instructions…

  • Family

    Be The Answer

    THURSDAY THOUGHTS Every now and then I’m going to put a spiritual spin on my thoughts, so here goes.  We all want answers.  Am I wrong? Let me phrase it another way: we all have questions, or at least need some guidance or assistance with something in particular at some point in our lives…right? Well, I happen to be a prayerful person, so that is often where I go to gain some solace; to make a connection with a God I believe to be loving and compassionate, who hears our thoughts & pleas and answers us according to His will.   And since we’re all in the business of wanting…

  • Family

    Through The Eyes Of A Child

    THURSDAY THOUGHTS Just a quick note today.I thought I’d share a little observation that I’ll be posting soon onto my private family blog: August 18: Seeing Little C play with her shadow is so fun to watch! She’ll also sway her head in and out of sunlight to distinguish the difference in how it appears to her: bright when she’s in the sun and darker when she’s not. Oh to be a kid again! The nuances of life and the environment around us are so exciting to discover and I’m REdiscovering it all over again in a whole new perspective; it’s actually quite enlightening.So, maybe we can all pause the…