Welcome to Stop, Drop & Blog. This page gives you a look at who I am, who my family is and what this blog might be about—though I reserve the right to write about whatever I want, whenever I want. It’s more fun that way.
First and foremost, I am the mastermind behind this space. I am a wife to a professional firefighter. Together we have two amazing sons. I am also a birth mother to a daughter with whom I have a relationship via open adoption. I am an editor, writer, and photographer. We make our home in Ohio, but my heart lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
I started blogging in the Spring of 2001 and basically haven’t stopped. I started out on LiveJournal in college and had a few random websites (Geocities represent!). After college and during a year long engagement, I ran a wedding website which turned into a blog after the wedding as the family grew. In late 2007, I was searching for a new name for the site as I felt we had outgrown the old name. In a stroke of pregnancy-induced insomnia, I came up with Stop, Drop & Blog. Yes, I got out of bed in the middle of the night to check if the domain was available and registered it on the spot. Genius waits for no one and no sleep.
If you’re interested, you can also find me on Twitter and Facebook. If you don’t care about my personal Facebook updates, which include even more cute kids pictures and idle chatter about the weather, you could like Stop, Drop & Blog on Facebook!
After a degenerative back injury in 2010, I started running again in 2012. I have run three half marathons, one full marathon, and a handful of other races. You can read my race recaps here
Professionally speaking, I am currently seeking a new editorial job. I just finished five years working for BlogHer as their Family and Events Editor. I have been published in Redbook magazine and a number of other publications. I was a Voices of the Year honoree in 2010 and 2011, and a VOTY Reader in 2014. I have spoken at a number of conferences including BlogHer, Type-A-Parent, Encountering New Worlds of Adoption Conference, and others. You can also view my full resume.
- Voices of the Year Honoree: 2010, 2011
- 2nd Annual SWPA Media & Mental Health Awards, for accurate journalism coverage of mental (35:30 starts the blog cetegory) health issues within television, radio, print and online media, 2013
- Adoptive Families Best Adoption Blog Pick, 2012 (for Chronicles)
- Voices of the Year Reader: 2014
This guy is the 30-something professional firefighter, husband, father, dishwasher extraordinaire, vacuumer, and general all-around-great-guy of the family. We like him. A lot. He likes the beach, fishing, hunting, napping in the recliner, The Chive, his dog, and playing with light sabers in the front yard.
FireDad shuns Facebook. He recently was forced to adopt a Twitter account but due to the sensitive nature of his job, all of his updates are private. Hit us up via the contact form if you’re in desperate need of his twitter account approval.
About the Couple
We were married in 2004. We enjoy doing any number of things together, like napping, running, watching and quoting A League of Their Own, traveling (especially roadtripping), and spending time with our families. We like snow, which is why we went skiing on our honeymoon, but we also like the beach. In fact, the outdoors are pretty darn awesome. We laugh at immature jokes, send each other stupid videos, and occasionally instant message each other when in talking range.
…And then we had some kids.
BigBrother was born in November of 2005. He just finished the third grade.
He is a very inquisitive nine-year-old who loves playing on the computer, listening to music, and his dog. He absolutely loves to read. He loves baseball and soccer. Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pokemon, Percy Jackson, and Beyblades top his list of favorites at the present time. He has hearing loss in his right ear, but he doesn’t let that hold him back. He’s kind of awesome.
LittleBrother was born two years and one week after BigBrother, and our lives were never the same. He just finished first grade.
Shockingly, he’s still pretty laid back. He inherited his dad’s sleeping skill, for which we are all grateful. If he could do one thing and one thing only, it would be read, read, read and read some more. Right now he’s very into not liking anything his brother likes. He’s deep in the “tooth losing” phase of his life.
About the Blog
This blog is a space I have created. It houses thoughts and feelings, conversations and letters, memories and dreams, hopes and fears, photos and photos and photos. I share things about being a fire family. I share things about being a writer, a photographer, an editor. I write about motherhood, about childhood. I sometimes talk about politics and religion. I review things that I like. I occasionally accept solicited reviews, but I only review products that are a match with our family’s interests and ideals. Please feel free to email me at firemom at stopdropandblog dot com if you have a product you think we’d be interested in reviewing.
Last Updated on 06.05.15