Foto Flashback Friday – Archery Edition

It all started with Patrick wanting to take up hunting. The bow-hunting season is much longer than firearm season, so, of course, he needed a bow. But then, accuracy and consistency were elusive. That led to archery lessons which led to a new family hobby. Who knew that target shooting could be so cathartic? The […]

7 Years Home

On this day in 2009, this was happening… After a week of non-stop picture taking, this is literally the only photo of all 5 of us. #photographerfail Oh, how we didn’t know what we didn’t know. #adoptionnewbies Today Ty is the tiniest powerhouse of a 9-year-old. Tipping the scales at about 43 pounds, he can […]

Foto Flashback Friday

Having a nephew around has been like early grandparenthood. All the fun of a baby with none of the work 😉 It’s hard to believe Big Jae is so big that he’ll be 2 this year! These are some photos from 2 summers ago.

Foto Flashback Friday

About a year ago, I was still homeschooling all 6 kids. That really puts life in perspective. A LOT has happened in a year. Last fall, the Tall Ships were back in the Baltimore Harbor for the 200th Anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. We spent multiple days trying to see the […]


Ty turned seven on Sunday. Holy Cow that seems old. Especially when it’s the age of our youngest…not our oldest. Gone are the days of strollers and sippy cups and car seats. Scratch that. At 38 pounds, he’ll be in that car seat until he’s 10 and a booster until…forever. Anyway. On to the festivities. His […]

Finding What Works for My Son: An Ongoing Journey

“He’ll grow out of it.” “He’s just all boy.” “Isn’t he only 3?” After bringing home a whirlwind of a toddler at age 2 1/2 from Korea, these phrases were the backdrop of many conversations I had with friends and family about our youngest, Ty. The problem was that he wasn’t growing out of it, […]

Day 223

I’m discovering this little guy needs some very intentional bonding time when right when he wakes up.  It makes a huge difference in how the rest of the day goes.