A Realistic First Day of School

So if Pinterest has taught me anything, it’s that I majorly fail as a mother. And I’m okay with that. My children may not have picture perfect matching First Day of School outfits, but they know that they’re loved. And they know their mom is crazy happy for them to go back to school. Hooray! We didn’t have that elaborate … Read More

2017’s More Realistic Holiday Newsletter

After reading a few glowing family newsletters, I am more inspired than ever to continue the tradition of the Yardley’s More Realistic Holiday Newsletter. If you ever wanted to see how we really live, this is the way to do it. And here we go! 2017 started with a bang and ended with a whimper. LUKE travels constantly for work, … Read More

I Like To Eat Hair, And Other Thoughts From The Kiddos.

So perhaps some of you have seen this fun meme going around. You ask your kiddos a question without prompting them, and write down what they say. It’s a bit eye-opening and so much fun! Here were the answers from my five-year-old: *What is something I say a lot? Happy things. *What makes me happy? Hugging and kissing *What makes … Read More

I Love That This Is Our House.

Everything is worn and covered in stickers, but there is so much joy here. I snapped this picture today and really took a second to appreciate how lucky I am. It’s a loud house. It’s a very full house. This house is truly alive. <3

This Mother's Day Thing Is A Mixed Bag

We love our mothers. Of course we love our mothers. But they drive us crazy. They raised us wonderfully/strangely/amazingly/poorly or they didn’t raise us at all. They fill us with love or hate or guilt or horror or remorse. We take care of them or they take care of us. Perhaps we have never met them. Perhaps we like it … Read More

I Was Writing and Then This Happened

It’s impossible to write demonic warfare to the sound of insane giggling. I know when I’m beat. I also know when it’s time to join in the fun!

SURPRISE!!

I wrote a post a few weeks ago celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary.  I’d been feeling a bit unwell lately, so imagine my darling husband’s surprise when, after our anniversary dinner, I shouted “SURPRISE!” and announced that I’d just discovered that we were having our third child.  How wonderful! How unexpected! A surprise indeed. Then we were robbed ten days later.  … Read More