Category: keeping it real

The love that didn’t last

Looking at her young face staring back at me from the vintage, monochrome photograph it suddenly struck me how young she had been when her world fell apart. Her story was family folklore, passed down as one of those subjects discussed in hushed tones and only around certain family members. Here she was, though, appearing to me younger than I had ever imagined her … Read More The love that didn’t last

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The teachable moments of parenting fails

“I’m hungry.” It’s not WHAT she said that drove me crazy, it’s WHEN she said it. It was midnight. Bedtime had been stretched out insanely long for months now, something I hoped to remedy soon, and my last straw was being asked to get a snack at midnight. By a 3-year old. By my 3-year old. Right then I acted like a very mature, … Read More The teachable moments of parenting fails

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The Farm

The little boy was leaning nonchalantly  against the door, with one hand on the door knob and when we jumped out of the van he said into the cold wind that whipped at our faces, sounding more like an adult than a child,“Welcome to our farm. Come on in.” I smiled to myself at the sound of such serious, grown up words coming from … Read More The Farm

Time with Grandpa | Athens, PA Photographer

The weekends are often reserved for time with my parents and sometimes my dad takes the kids out to help him with chores.  This weekend he wanted to dig up gladiolus bulbs from this summer so he can use them again to plant in his garden next year. My youngest was determined to use the clippers to cut the bulbs off, which was making … Read More Time with Grandpa | Athens, PA Photographer

Comfort

He accidentally hit her in the head with the zipper on his coat while trying to make one of his famous dance moves. This was him comforting her. They wrestle like they are two boys sometimes and she’s as tough as him most of the time, but sometimes he’s reminded she’s just a little girl. Nikon d750 Nikon 50 mm 1.8ISO 8001/1250 F2.8

Thank you Doc Mcstuffins for making my toddler a paranoid germaphobe

We were picking my son up from an overnight camping trip with his school when my 3-year old tripped and fell. My son’s friend helped her up and told me she was saying there were worms on her hands and she couldn’t get them off. “Worms! Worms!” she told me holding her hands out to me, palms up. All I could see were a … Read More Thank you Doc Mcstuffins for making my toddler a paranoid germaphobe

Faithfully Thinking: A little more of a little less: why the fear of missing out is killing us

Our brain was not wired to process the amount of information we throw at it on a daily basis. The shows we watch. The news we tune into. The podcasts we listen to. The social media we scroll through. The trends and news and health warnings and even the good stuff that is aimed at growing us spiritually. It is information over load. Pastor … Read More Faithfully Thinking: A little more of a little less: why the fear of missing out is killing us

In Case You Missed It

In case you missed some of the posts on the blog this week, here are links to them to help you catch up: Sunday: a series of phrases I never, ever thought I’d utter as a mom. Monday: I am determined to be a writer, but sometimes life gets in the way. Tuesday: I featured a favorite photographer, Sven Berger, for the Tell Me … Read More In Case You Missed It

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