A Series of Catastrophes

March 30, 2015 in Moving, Quotes, Trials - 5 Comments

It may look like we’ve been gallivanting around the beach and Disneyland and posing babies in teacups around here but the truth is we got off to a rough start in our new home. It all started back on move-in day. We were told that there would be an outlet…

Moving On

January 27, 2015 in Moving, Quotes, Trials - No Comments

We’re moving! Next week, we’re packing up and heading westward. Troy was recruited to a new company that just so happens to be in one of our favorite places in America. Every single time we’ve visited Southern California, we’ve said to each other, “Why don’t we live here?” We can…

Just Add It to the List

July 29, 2014 in Home Repairs, Trials - No Comments

A couple of months ago, right after Troy was finally able to walk again and the worst months of pregnancy were behind me, we woke up to no power one morning. Troy had to get to work but was unable to open the garage door with the power outage. His parents…

Our New Temporary Life

March 10, 2014 in Friends, Trials, Troy - 1 Comment

We are slowly but surely adjusting to our new temporary life around here. Troy is mostly off pain meds and rotating between his wheelchair, the couch and hobbling on crutches. In about six more weeks, he may be able to start putting 25% weight back on his leg, depending on…


March 10, 2013 in Pregnancy, Trials - 2 Comments

I’m taking a little break from the regularly scheduled Hawaii posts to vent. Lately, my boys are always sick. Like, they have gotten sick at least once a month since the fall, and it’s not just sniffles and coughs. It usually lasts over a week. Which means that they have…

Christmas and the New Year

January 4, 2013 in Christmas, Goals, Trials - 1 Comment

I’m not going to sugar-coat it. This Christmas was a mix of exhaustion and unmet expectations and family drama and sickness (still) and tears and the loss of dreams resurfacing all over again. I’m mostly just glad it’s all over with, especially now that I have the stomach flu while…


November 19, 2012 in Blake, Potty Training, Trials - 2 Comments

There should be local support groups for potty training parents. We should all sit in circles and tell everyone why our potty trainee is the most stubborn and un-cooperative little learner ever. And then when you hear the next story, hopefully it will cheer you up and give you hope….