my FAVORITE books of 2016.

This year I read and shared my thoughts on a big stack of books, but wanted to highlight my absolute FAVORITES as we head into the end of the year (and potentially for some Christmas shopping!) [These aren’t all books that were necessarily released this year, just books I read this year.] And friends, Amazon is…

full & ripe days.

Oh August, what a full and ripe month you are. These thirty one days have practically been bursting and I’m so grateful. (And this also explains my two week sabbatical from blogging, if you were wondering.) Hot and humid days. Pennsylvania was full of blistering, sweltering heat. I felt the irony of the direct contrast…

when you want to prove you deserve a rest.

There was a chance, a small, tiny, slim chance that I might be pregnant. And I hoped it was true. There was part of me that had the best of intentions. I really did want a sibling for our daughter and for our family to grow. But that particular day, my desire was more selfish…