Stop, Drop and Blog

Writing & Photographing the Family Side of Fire Life


The night before, BigBrother opened the door to the second bedroom in our suite well after he should have fallen asleep. In fact, I should have already climbed in bed and headed off to Snoozetown as well. “I can’t sleeeeeep,” he whined at me.… Read More
That’s Not How Any of This Works

That’s Not How Any of This Works


Posted By on Jan 27, 2015

“Mommy, can Munchkin live with us now?” He stood just outside the master bedroom in our suite at the hotel just miles from his sister’s house. His big brown eyes looked at me with no hint of mischief. Instead they oozed absolute sincerity.… Read More
Cooler Than You

Cooler Than You


Posted By on Jan 24, 2015

She’s been playing guitar and singing with School of Rock for quite some time. After my important life-lesson on 90s music, she chose The Best of the 90s show this fall. She performed in the show today. She sang lead vocals on “Buddy Holly” by Weezer, “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis, and “Meet Virginia” by Train.… Read More
I’m a parent. I have lots of rules. Some make sense. Some don’t. One of my most important rules states, “Don’t waste a 50 degree day in January.” So when it hit 52 degrees while I was out running errands this past Saturday, I instructed the boys to put on shoes and their new bike helmets as soon as I arrived home.… Read More
Embrace the Hill Again

Embrace the Hill Again


Posted By on Jan 19, 2015

I’m still not training just yet, so I’m still running what I want to run. And the other day, I wanted to run hills. Which is crazy, right? (Answer: Right!) Less than a half mile from my house, the Perfect Hill exists.… Read More
January Dandelions

January Dandelions


Posted By on Jan 16, 2015

It’s no secret I love dandelions. I’m still working on my dandelion tattoo, but I like incorporating dandelions into both my jewelry and wardrobe. They remind me that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes; that what one views a weed, another views as a precious flower.… Read More
I Like Shiny Things: Chloe + Isabel

I Like Shiny Things: Chloe + Isabel


Posted By on Jan 15, 2015

As you may know, I sold jewelry with a company that ended up closing last month. I immediately started researching new companies when we found out the old company was closing for a number of reasons. 1. I like jewelry. A lot!… Read More
When my brother and sister-in-law asked what the boys might like for Christmas, I simply replied, “Art stuff.” I figured my sister-in-law would handle this task the best of any family member, including myself, as she is an artist. The boys spent much of last year drawing in old notebooks, on pieces of printer paper, and on the margins of church bulletins with old pencils and broken crayons.… Read More
Grace in Small Things, My First (1)

Grace in Small Things, My First (1)


Posted By on Jan 13, 2015

I joined Elan Morgan‘s site, Grace in Small Things, last year. But I never followed through with writing it in my own space. Until today. Today felt hard in many ways for many reasons. But not only did I make it through, I forced myself to recognize little bits of beauty—little bits of grace in small things—as I made my way through the day.… Read More
Running (When You Don’t Have To Run)

Running (When You Don’t Have To Run)


Posted By on Jan 12, 2015

Running when you don’t have to run is the best kind of running. I’m in that blissful space between Winter RunStreak and half marathon training. Why so blissful? I don’t have to run. But I do, because running is what I do.… Read More