I turned 27 today. It seems crazy to me, so I can only imagine how crazy it must seem for my parents.

In our house, we like to celebrate birthdays for a whole weekend, and President’s Day made for a THREE DAY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! We had so much fun.

On Saturday, we decided to go to a nearby “ski resort.” I say that loosely because Continue reading “27”

He is Still Good Three Years Later

Gosh, it is so hard to wrap my head around this day, and I’m sure it will be just as hard in 15 years and in 40 years.

Today, Leeland would have been 3 years old. I still remember a lot from that day. I remember 3 years ago, close to this time, we were returning home from the University of Iowa Hospital with one less person than we had left with. Continue reading “He is Still Good Three Years Later”

Happy Birthday Big Sis!

Guys. Today is my big sister’s birthday!!!!!

Happy Birthday, sis. I am so proud to be your younger sister, and am blessed by you so often!

I decided I would start my day out by sending her a short video on snapchat wishing her a happy birthday. I’m not great with snapchat, and I just recently learned about these things called “filters.” They can change your voice and make you look weird, or they can make you look better depending on the filter you choose. For this special occasion, I chose the alien filter. It just felt right. I sent the first video and couldn’t stop laughing, so I just kept going. I’m pretty sure I sent her at least 15 videos! Anyway, I decided I would share some of the best ones, so I can remember them forever (and delete them off of my phone, so they aren’t taking up valuable space!). Continue reading “Happy Birthday Big Sis!”


We have been really busy most evenings for a few weeks, and it has been making it difficult to write, but I’m back at it.

My husband’s birthday was last week.

We didn’t do much the day of, but we took a little weekend trip to Des Moines a few days later. We visited the zoo, saw the new Star Trek, and, most importantly, hit up the Cheesecake Factory!

We stayed with some friends and got to catch up with them and play with their kids. It was a really good weekend.


You Would be Two Today

Oh, Leeland. You would be turning two today. How can that be?

It seems like no time has passed since the day you were born, but it also seems like a lifetime ago. Time is a strange thing.

I miss you every day, sweet boy, and I wonder what you would be like.

Happy birthday. Today probably doesn’t mean much to you, baby boy. It’s just another piece of your eternity, but while you’re kneeling before our King, I still think of you on this day.

I love you.


18 Years Already

Today is my sister’s birthday! I can’t believe it’s been 18 years already, but that’s how time works.

It seems like yesterday that we were all begging mom not to name you Darrylle. I begged her and begged her to give you a girl name. Haha. I can’t imagine you with any other name, now. I remember anxiously awaiting the one who would make me a big sister. I was so excited that I colored a full size Continue reading “18 Years Already”

My Weekend

Jessica and Michelle are my oldest friends. We have been friends for about 15 years. We’ve lived in different cities since 2007, but have stayed in touch. Jessica and I were pregnant at the same time, and we took belly pictures together. She is due in August with her second, and Michelle’s daughter was born a year ago.

It’s not uncommon for friends to grow apart as they grow up, get married, or have kids, and it’s happened to me a lot. Even though I’ve grown apart from quite a few people, I will always consider them my friends. But by some miracle, the opposite has happened with Michelle and Jessica. We’ve all gone back and forth across the state to see each other more in the last 2 years than we ever have in the past. Having kids and Continue reading “My Weekend”