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Writing & Photographing the Family Side of Fire Life


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
Laundry on a Friday Night

Laundry on a Friday Night


Posted By on Jan 9, 2015

I reach my arm into the leg of still warm pants. I reach and reach and reach as if I may never find the end, as if the child who wears them didn’t grow within my belly just yesterday, just last week, just seven years ago or nine.… Read More
Yesterday marked the first Snow Day of the school year. The boys rejoiced in the unexpected day off, especially as the temperatures remained warm enough for extended outdoor playtime. I also rejoiced in that latter fact. Once dressed in their new snow pants, new scarves, coats, warm gloves, hats, and snow boots, they tromped outside through the garage.… Read More
I discovered Julep at BlogHer ’14 in San Jose. Julep was one of the many awesome sponsors at the conference and one that caught my eye because shiny. I love nail polishes, and I’ve been happy to see the company add more beauty products over the past few months.… Read More
Back to the Gym

Back to the Gym


Posted By on Jan 5, 2015

I started back at the gym last week. I’m sure some people at the gym look at me and think, “Oh, here’s another resolutioner.” Let ‘em think that. Because we all started somewhere. I started again in August 2012 after my back procedure and the clear from my neurologist to start exercising again.… Read More
My Goals for 2015

My Goals for 2015


Posted By on Jan 1, 2015

I’ve been thinking about my goals for this new year for awhile now. Coming off of a difficult year, the desire exists to make massive overhauls to various areas of my life. But I don’t really believe in massive overhaul type resolutions for myself.… Read More
I knew when the kids got sick the week before Christmas, it wasn’t a question of “if” but “when” I would get sick. I did so well. I lasted so long. I nursed them back to complete health, and then… …the day before Christmas Eve, I started to feel it.… Read More
I’m trying to look through a lens of perspective at the year that was, or still is, 2014. It’s difficult. I struggle to see past the Big Things—the loss, the hard times, the depression, did I mention the loss? I maintain that 2014 ranks as one of my hardest years ever, with 2003 surpassing it.… Read More
The Best Christmas Gift of the Day

The Best Christmas Gift of the Day


Posted By on Dec 25, 2014

I really struggled with The Sickness today. At one point after cleaning up the mess from Christmas Waffles, the room started spinning. To say that I didn’t feel well ranks as a gross understatement. Still, it was the first Christmas the boys and I spent at home, so I wanted to make a tasty Christmas dinner.… Read More