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Sad news

Hannah Grace was stillborn at 36 weeks. I’m thankful for the 36 weeks I got to love her, but of course I’m sad that I never got to hold her alive. She was physically perfect; it was a placental abruption that resulted in her stillbirth. Apparently, I had HELLP syndrome, followed by eclampsia (due to the HELLP not being caught […]

The Beauty of Nature

I’ve seen a lot of beautiful photos over the years. My daughter takes some wonderful pictures, as many of you know. I’ve recently discovered that a friend from long ago now does some wonderful photography, as well. If you have a minute, you should take a look at some of his work; I’m sure you will enjoy it. I know […]

January is over. Already.

How does the time go SO fast!? We just celebrated the new year, and the first month is over already. I think it was good that I made no resolutions, as I have not done anything particularly different yet this year. I have goals, but have barely begun to work on them. One of them is to get more exercise, […]

January Update Letter

Dear Family & Friends, First, I want to apologize for the length between update letters! I had intended to send one at Christmas time, but obviously I failed. I hope you had a pleasant holiday season and I hope this letter finds you feeling well. I haven’t written since August. I know there have been things that happened in that […]

Why do I write?

Why do I write? I write for many reasons. Some of these include: to process things; to vent; for fun; to share information; and to connect with others. What motivates me to write? Feelings are often motivators – when my emotions run high, writing offers an outlet that may not be otherwise available. This includes both positive and negative emotions. […]


I found out about this book in a rousing bit of that family fun thing that I did discuss in a post prior. This book contains not that thing that most usually shows up in works of fact or fiction, and it is difficult to avoid it. I found a wild thrill at this finding. If I can, I want […]


Quelf is an amusing and delightful game in which players act like idiots without it being a problem. Everyone gets in on the fun and it is a blast! There are five categories of cards and eight character pieces (each with its own personality, as shown by quotes on the cards). Apparently some boxes also include biographies of the characters, […]

Schedules, School, and Sleepiness

So here it is, Monday again and a new week. A new year! So we started to follow our schedule (which I created a few months ago, and it worked great the single day in which we managed to follow it successfully). So far, we only missed one thing on it today. School is in progress, and one of my […]

Happy New Year 2012!

It is incredible that it is already 2012! Where are the flying cars? Where are the silvery jumpsuits that automatically make everyone skinny and fit? Where are the robots that do all our work for us and even keep us company? I guess that’s why they call it “Science FICTION.”

Ten things

1. Life is brief. A dear friend was just fine last Tuesday, and tonight her empty shell is buried in the ground, leaving behind friends and family that miss her, and precious memories. 2. Memories are precious. Don’t underestimate the power of making good memories. 3. Smile. You don’t know who will be blessed by your smile. 4. If you […]

Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

You Should Shop Cyber Monday When it comes to shopping, you like deals… but not at the expense of your own sanity. You’d rather avoid the mobs and pre-dawn lines, even if it means you don’t get the absolute best deal. You like to shop in the comfort of your own home, and you’ve found that you can still be […]