Stop, Drop and Blog

Writing & Photographing the Family Side of Fire Life


I like helping families, helping kids, basically helping in general. Sometimes I help by donating toys. Sometimes I help by donating money. Sometimes I volunteer and thus donate my time. Today I’m donating a little bit of my blog space and a click to donate some love to Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.… Read More
Grace in Small Things: The Second

Grace in Small Things: The Second


Posted By on Feb 3, 2015

1. I remembered to start my dinner in the crockpot in the morning. I love great crockpot meals. I’ve learned which recipes to avoid so as not to end up with a mushy, tasteless pile of boredom. Sauces for pasta do well cooking all day, and this ragu smelled so great cooking all day.… Read More
I started training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon this weekend. Even though my training plan doesn’t start until tomorrow. With the weather being The Weather, I thought it best to kick off my training on a lovely, sunny winter day instead of whatever awful weather awaits us tomorrow.… Read More
First Month Goal Check-In

First Month Goal Check-In


Posted By on Feb 1, 2015

It’s the first of February, which means lots of resolutions already find themselves abandoned or forgotten. I pulled up my 2015 goals post to see how I’m doing. 1. Submit Once Per Month. I’m shocked I stuck with this one. I submitted my work twice this month, and ended up landing a gig with Brain, Child Magazine.… Read More
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
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