the why, where, and when

* I wrote this WAY back in February and never got around to posting it, because I wanted to slide a few pictures in. Shame on my for waiting so long! It feels like the last few months have slipped into oblivion. But I am back and ready to lay claim to my life. I […]

welcome little sam

The end of January brought us a perfect bundle of love, our nephew and cousin, Sam. I adore birth and babies… and this was no different.      When I got the text of his safe arrival, I squealed with delight and then cried for joy. Oh Sam, we love you. You are a little […]

The gift of Love

Cora Mae Dyer   Rarely is anything “too personal” for me to share, I share my thoughts openly and often far to willingly…but the birth of Cora Mae was deeply personal, and I struggle to find adequate words to express my true feelings. Her pregnancy, labor, and delivery to get here was similar, but my […]

Labor Day

It’s a girl! We already knew that, but we are utterly delighted that she is here now. Cora Mae Dyer was born at 3:15 on Labor Day (Monday September 3rd, 2012). She is beautiful, healthy, and so very loved. For the numerically minded among you, she is weighed in at 7 pounds 7 ounces and […]

Prayers Please

UGH… I was having contractions all throughout the day yesterday. Nothing much and I really wasn’t sure anything was going to come of it. But tonight or last night, who knows what it is when you get zero sleep, the contractions picked up the pace and have kept me up all night long. I have […]

It’s a GIRL!!!!

Ah…pregnancy. Such a wonderfully nutty time in life. I swear, when I am pregnant I have a slight bipolar disorder or something =). One day I am bubbling over with excitement about outfits, maternity clothes, bows, dresses, and names. My mind is whirling with excitement, “What will she look like?” “What color will her hair […]

Ecstatic to welcome Baby #5

Before I even had an inkling of the arrival of this little one, Adelie and Kaitlyn positively informed me that there is a “baby in your tummy.” Adelie: I just want a baby sister. Me: What will you do with her? Adelie: Tickle her. My sweet little blob at 12 weeks One day Adelie was […]

New Year Resolutions

I know, I know it is April…what can I say…hmmm…not a lot, except that I feel far more motivated in the spring. =) My goal is to complete the personal progress program this year, because I am a leader in Young Women’s, and the President wants me to, and I felt more than obligated since […]

Big News!

As I mentioned, Wes quit his perfectly wonderful job at Microsoft two months ago.  Wow! Two months already. Time sure flies when you’re having fun or just insanely busy [forced cheesy smile]. The kids love going to “Dad’s office” to draw on his giant white boards, work on homework with him, or talk about the […]


On August 12th my gorgeous sister-in-law, Lindsay, married Preston. They are an amazing couple and we are thrilled to have Preston in the family!  What a great guy! Isn’t her dress STUNNING!?!  She was absolutely radiant.  Apparently that afternoon she was at Arbys.  What bride is that calm that she is hanging out with family […]