4 Things You Can Do To Help Grandbabies Stay Connected To Their Grandparents During COVID Season




My mother hasn't seen her grandbabies since Christmas.  Oh my is she itching to hold and love on them, but with COVID-19,  it isn't possible right now.  Add that she is a nurse for a geriatric facility in New Jersey and it's safe to say it will be a while before she actually gets the privilege.

It's definitely a different world for grandparents right now, but thankfully we live in a time where we can spend time with our loved ones without actually spending time with them.

Here are 4 things to make the connection a little easier.

A Tale of Two Worlds...

Some of you will be quick to unfollow me for this one and it’s okay. I’m tired of being silent about it and if being vocal about my truth causes people to walk away, so be it.


Hello May!


Hi everyone!  It’s May!  It’s definitely a different one than in years passed with all of the craziness of COVID going around.  We are still sheltering in place at home with occasional escapes for required meetings and doctor appointments.  It’s certainly been interesting.

Our 8th Wedding Anniversary

Here we are.  Year 8 of our marriage and it seems like yesterday we were just preparing to say I do.  Man, this year has been something.  It hasn't all been peaches and cream, either.  The fact that I'm writing this blog post in quarantine with my husband during the greatest pandemic of our history is a perfect accompaniment to our marriage.  It's been full of surprises.  Still, we have been richly blessed these past 8 years.

Weekend Recap: A Blessed Easter...even in quarantine...

He has Risen!

He Is Risen!

Wishing you a wonderfully blessed Resurrection Sunday! He Is Risen!


Hello, April


Hello everyone.  My apologies for the delay in communication!  It's been a whole new world as we adjust to #quarantinelife amid COVID-19 concerns.  Everyone is currently home and we're adjusting to tons of time together.



Friday Faith: The Importance of Prayer


A little while ago, our family had a pretty intense week. It was a doozy for our family. We had a moment of parental crisis that I can’t go into on this forum as some things need to stay within the safety net of the family. But trust me when I say, I needed God and His wisdom like never before. In this event, I felt like I had failed somewhere. It didn’t matter that there were conversations held over and over again about choices and consequences. It didn’t matter that there were assurances of listening and retaining that information. Somewhere, somehow, there was a disconnect and I found myself sitting there trying to figure out what I needed to do next.

After several hours, we were able to take care of things, make adjustments, take action and do what would greatly benefit the family—all of the family, but I was still shaken. I felt guilty. Truthfully, there was no doubt in it. I had failed. Beyond the cursory prayers of gratitude and covering for my children, I hadn’t had a morning prayer with them before walking out to bus stops in a couple of months. I hadn’t read a scripture with the children and discussed it with them in weeks. Yes, we had all been attending bible studies and church. Individually, the elders in the family (parents and children who can read) were reading the Word of God and lessons were being retained, but if I was being honest, I’d been less than the strong spiritual example my children need in today’s crazy world. That bothered and bothers me.

Spring Break Staycation

Our kids start Spring Break next week and are super excited to be home and resting for a while. Originally, there was discussion in the house of letting the older children visit my mother in New Jersey for a fun and activity-filled adventure there. Then, COVID-19 (aka Coronavirus) started making the headlines. At first it was a trickle here, a person there. Then, this week, two persons tested positive within a twenty-mile radius of us and outside the elder and immune-suppressed at-risk groups typically reported. The schools here have started ramping up plans for distance learning, but so far, the plan is to return after break is over. Add to that the close proximity of a rather populated outbreak just one state over and we decided better safe than sorry. So, our children will be enjoying a Spring Break staycation. But here’s the question. Just what do you do with a 13 and 6-year-old who are home from school all week long?

Weekend Recap: Meeting Elsa and Performing in Plays

Hey everyone!  Happy Monday!  I woke up this morning with a nasty little cold that I can thank baby J. for so generously sharing with me.  It's a beautiful 60 degrees outside and is supposed to climb to 71.  I, however, am inside shivering and wrapped in a coat and blanket.  -_- I hate being sick. Fortunately, the yuckies didn't make their debut this weekend which was great because it was an awesome weekend!


#TuesdayTruth: Things I wish someone had told me about "after delivery" and life as a new mom.

I was recently in the office break room with a colleague of mine and the subject of nursing came up. We discussed how shocked we were that it wasn’t as “easy” and “common sense” as the world would have you believe. My colleague talked about being so discouraged after the birth of her first baby and wishing that another mother had been upfront and honest about what to expect so that she would not have felt like she was failing:l. I understood completely and remembered my first time as a mom with Bug, but even the times post delivery of all my kids. There are certainly some things I would have wanted to know prior.

After our conversation was over, I thought about several expecting mothers that I know and how I wished I had the kind of relationship with them that would allow me to share what a I wished someone would have shared with me.

I figured I would do that here and maybe help someone (including them).

Welcome, March!



Hi Everyone! Yay, it’s March! I’m really looking forward to this month because we are ever so close to Spring. I need warmer temps and pretty flowers, though with the weather we’ve been having lately we might not know the difference. So, what’s going on in the month of March? Sooooo much!

Happy birthday, Honeybee!!

This amazing, energetic, bundle of love and grace is turning 6 today! I can’t thank God enough for choosing Theo and I to be her parents. I love her so much and I can hardly wait to see the doors Christ opens for you! I love you so much, baby girl, my honeybee, my GiGi! Happy birthday, baby! πŸ˜˜πŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽ‚

#birthdaygirl #februarybaby #happybirthday #myfirstdaughter #snowbaby

What’s Up Wednesday

Oh my goodness! It’s the last Wednesday of the month! I’m sorry, but that FLEW! March is pretty much here. I’m so ready for Spring. Today I’m linking up with @Shaeffer Told Me To and Mix and Match Mama for What’s Up Wednesday. It’s only my second one and I’m so excited to join the party. So, here we go!

Happy Birthday, S.

Good morning, everyone!  Today is my friend, my partner, my ace boon coon, my get on my nerves but I love him anyway, my challenger, my motivator, my friend, my lover, my children's father, my soul tie, my man of God...my husband's birthday!



Tuesday Truth: Angry and Hurt Moms Cause Angry And Hurt Kids


A few days ago I had a terrible mommy moment.  I was tired, exhausted, and frustrated.  I was attempting to get out the house on time for a certain event and the children were not cooperating.  One had "forgotten" how to put on her shoes.  Another refused to leave without her lovie.  The littlest screamed from being placed in a carseat when he clearly wanted to lie on the floor for a while.  We were late.  I was so overwhelmed.  When little voices gave way to whining, I lost it and launched into a raised voice tirade (no curse words) that ended in a very hurtful dismissal.  The effect was instantaneous.  There was no more whining.  There was no sound at all.  Just a quivering lip, watery eyes, and a slow walk to the car.  I felt like crap.

Weekend Recap: 38 Can't Wait

Hi everyone!  This weekend was pretty great, if I do say so myself.  It was a weekend full of celebration and I definitely can't wait to share.

Tuesday Truth: What Do I Do?


Last night was Hair Night. This is the night I pull out the HUGE straw beach tote that is stuffed to the gills with Zip-Loc bags holding rubber bands, hair bows, barrettes, hair grease, edge control, combs, brushes…you get the idea. I sit my babies down and either turn on a television show or hand them my phone to watch kid appropriate videos while I do their hair. Last night’s process was long. I started at 3:50p.m. with Little A. I didn’t finish with her until 5:30p.m. Then it was Honeybee’s turn. Bee didn’t want to watch television. She wanted to look at hair videos. I’d pulled up one earlier to see if I could figure out how to do flat twists on her hair. The video was still playing and my Honeybee was in awe.

Happy Valentine's Day



May your day be filled with smiles
May you feel nothing but love and joy all day long.
Enjoy this day and know that we love you, all of you!

Children Have Love Languages, Too

I've read Dr. Gary Chapman's book, The Five Love Languages, several times in my adult life.  I have taken the quiz more times than I can count to make sure things haven't shifted or that I still convey and receive love in the same manner.  I even recognize when I get frustrated that it is partly due to my love language not being spoken.  When you apply the techniques and observe the information submitted, it really does make sense.  Which is why I can't believe it took me so long to actively pay attention to the fact that my children have their own love languages too. (Especially since there is a book by the same author discussing this at length).

Oh, in case you aren't familiar with Love Languages, there are five ways that people show, communicate, give, and receive love.  They are Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, and Acts of Service.


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Weekend Recap: Celebrations and Memories


It’s Monday! Happy Monday everyone. I hope your weekend was really fun and really wonderful. This weekend was filled with love and celebrations and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy February One! A repost

Hello everyone!  It's February!  This year is just trucking along, isn't it?  I'm looking forward to this month and all the craziness that comes with it.  If you've been following us for a while, you know that it's my father-in-love, my husband, my brother-in-love, and my daughter's birthdays--all within days of each other.  Not to mention Valentine's Day is in there too.


Friday Favorites: January Recap

Hello everyone!  Here we are at the last Friday of the month.  I decided to link up with Grace and Love, Momfessionals and a Little Bit of Everything gain to share my January recap with our visitors.

What's Up Wednesday?

Hi! Oh my goodness, I am SO excited. I mean it. I’ve wanted to link up with @Shaeaffer Told Me To and Mix and Match Mama for ever on What’s Up Wednesday…and something always seemed to come up. But here I am today and ready to rock! Prayers to the Mix and Match Mama family. I know all too well about best laid plans. God has you and your family, but we’ll be praying your strength and health still. So, let’s get started!

High School Orientation...already!!!

Last night, I walked with my husband and children into the doors of a high school that I'd been to plenty of times before--for concerts, for games.  This time, however, was VERY different.  This time, we were there for Bug's High School Orientation.

Weekend Recap: Family Chill

Hi everyone! I hope you've had a fun and productive weekend.  Ours was ridiculously chill.  Not that I have any complaints with that at all.  I'm all for quiet weekends and this one was just that.



Friday Faves!

Hi everyone! I hope you've had an awesome week.  Mine has been ridiculously productive in the office and very chaotic at home.  We call it "Frazzled" for a reason.  Today, I'm linking with Andrea from Momfessionals for my Friday Favorites.

#Motivation2020


Several years ago, I let someone who meant me no good convince me to stop doing something that I felt very much called to do. Today, I rectified that error in judgement and registered for my first classes towards my Masters of Science in Social Media Management. I have always found myself enjoying the promotion of friends and family’s businesses and dreams online. I am happiest when I am blogging and sharing for those same people. Causes near and dear to my heart get shared frequently as I seek increased Alzheimer’s funding and adoption awareness. There are so many myths and so much work that needs to be done. Not to mention the joy I get to share as a Christian when I share the Word of God and what He is doing in my life and the lives of my loved ones….even when it is hard.

So, all of that is written to say, I was recommended to take nine hours or three courses. I know better. My schedule barely lets me get things done now. I’ve agreed to take two courses for six hours. If all goes well, I will be done in 1.5 years. It’s going to be a challenging road I know, but I’m so willing to get it. I feel like God really wants me to get this degree and I feel like I’m going to use it for His kingdom and His glory. I’m excited about it.

Let’s get. #Motivation2020


Weekend Recap: First 5 of 2020!



Hello and Happy New Year! The break from posting was nice, but I have to admit that I really missed everyone. This past weekend was really an enjoyable one. I even broke my introvert mold and got out of the house (gasp!) Here’s what’s going on with us...