I've had this photograph for 2 years now.  It's one of my favorites.  It was taken in March, when I was waiting for winter to thaw and spring to bloom.  I was taking pictures in the yard, and then I saw it. There, nestled among the gray, hope.  Blooming in the middle of the dead leaves and dried branches. It reminds me of my journey of motherhood these past few years.  The struggles, the tears and emptiness.  Wondering if I'd ever be on the other side of my postpartum depression and anxiety.  … [Read more...]

Last Minute Crafts: Valentine’s Hearts Hanging Ornament

I really wanted to decorate the house for Valentine's Day this year.  I had fun crafts in mind, we were going to hang heart banners...but, alas, flu and RSV hit our house.  Bad.  We were knocked out for two weeks.  Needless to say, no decorating happened. Now that we've recovered though, I still wanted to do a little craft with Donut.  And, as usual, I planned it last minute.  I still think it came out really cute though. Here's what you'll need (affiliate links): Pipe … [Read more...]

Bringing Home (Another) Baby

Of course I worried about how I would transition from one child to two.  It's only natural to wonder who you and the rest of the family will adjust.  I don't have this thing perfected--and truthfully, I never will--but I have learned a few things these past few months.  You can read all about my experience over at What to Expect and share about your experience with a growing family.   … [Read more...]

A Greener Cleaner & A Giveaway

The winner of the giveaway is Amanda!  Congrats & I hope you enjoy the cleaner!   We have bought several toys secondhand for our children. Especially toys that we only use for the baby stage, since they outgrow them so quickly. My husband wanted to find one of those jumper exercise thingies for the baby. He's a lot more active than Donut was at this age and seems to have a lot more energy to work out. So Mr. DIH scoured Craigslist and finally landed one in good condition. The … [Read more...]

Sea Glass

The words just haven't been there.  Or rather, they've been tumbling inside of me but I wasn't capable of putting them together until now. I.Am.Struggling. Those are the words. It's not that I'm having a hard time adjusting to two little ones.  Really, the kids are great.  Taking care of a newborn the second time around really hasn't been all that stressful.  I'm definitely more confident in my mothering decisions. And yet...I was waiting for the postpartum … [Read more...]