Christmas …. Bah humbug

  I love that we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.  I love Christmas lights, trees, smells, and decorations. I love the magic of Christmas and the kindness it brings to many, otherwise, cold hearts.  The sweet togetherness of baking Christmas cookies (especially our traditional Springerle–recipe below), taking my children to see Santa, […]

Raising Children Alone After Loss

  I decided early on, that I am going to raise our two children to the best of my ability.  We would be just fine–because another choice didn’t exist.  I actually admire my own strength and positive outlook, thinking I could do this parent thing alone.  (Disclaimer: If the right person never came along, I am sure […]

Sunday Morning Perspective on Dating and Marriage Post-Loss

I Am Obligated. As I type, watching my new baby and oldest daughter chow down on my homemade banana oatmeal waffles, I received a text from my husband, AJ.  He sent a photo of my son with a harvested deer.  When experiences like this come up, I can’t help but pat myself on the back. Not […]

Donated Box: Officer Blake Snyder

Blake’s end of watch was 10/6/16.  We chose to donate to the families of Officer Blake Snyder because AJ and I have mutual friends. Blake worked as an officer for the St. Louis County Police Department.  His life was cut short due to a malicious felon with intent to do harm. Please follow the link […]

Everything has a beginning…

You  need to start a blog…you need to start a blog….you need to start a blog……like pulling off a bandaid for me…DONE! Just getting to know a bit about me in this first post.  I am a re-married widow, and proud daughter and mother.  Most days you can find me at home with my 3 […]