39 things to do before I turn 40

Things to Do Before I Turn 40

Today is my birthday, my 39th birthday to be exact. That means I have exactly 365 days before I turn 40. I’ll admit that makes a part of me uneasy. Forty has always seemed so…old. But it’s not really, not at all, though shaking that mentality is difficult. I’ve got a year to get “okay”… [Read More]

A Birthday Letter to My 7 Year Old

baby a

You came in the bonus room for a second time, rubbing your eyes and complaining that you just couldn’t fall asleep. I walked you back to your room and crawled into bed with you. You scooted all the way over to make room for me. I snuggled up against your warm little body and felt… [Read More]

This is 36 (and my word for the year!)


It’s kind of nice having your birthday at the beginning of the year.  New year, fresh start. For most of last year, if anyone asked my age, I said 36.  Oops. I guess I should consider it a bonus that I get to “live” the year over again. I have no idea how I forgot… [Read More]

A letter to my son on his 5th birthday

Aidan April 1

My sweet boy, You are five. It sounds like such a big boy age.  In the fall, you’ll be starting kindergarten.  I don’t understand how time went by so quickly.  It seems like just yesterday you were learning to walk, talk and navigate this crazy thing called life. You are still such a joy. Your… [Read More]

Oh, hello 34

Whoa. I am officially in my mid-thirties. I’m not entirely sure where all that time went.  Sometimes I feel all child-like with a spring in my step. Other times, like when I’m staring at all my gray roots or AHEM! finding a gray eyebrow hair, I feel ancient and totally over the hill. (What?  I’m… [Read More]

My Little Sister Turns 30

Happy Birthday to my sister! A few months ago, an awesome thing happened!  My baby sister moved back to Raleigh.  It has been wonderful having her around and both my kids are loving having “Auntie KK” close enough to have visits at least once a week. Today she turns 30!  OMG really?  I mean, it… [Read More]