Welcome to my little corner of the web!  My name is Erin.  I'm a 30-something wife, stay-at-home mom to 4 kiddos, homeschooler, Catholic, crafter and coffee addict. :)  Born and raised in Connecticut I'm a life-long New Englander.  I love to take pictures, read, write, create, teach, bird watch, garden, cook, learn and try anything new. 

My family:

 I've been married to my husband, Kevin, since a frigid but blissfully happy day in February of 2003.  Although we're both from CT we met in Ohio (which is a great story which I *promise* to write about someday)!

This is Luke.  He's 9 years old.  He's easy-going, eager to try new things, loves to learn and adores all things LEGO. He's also a fan of: Star Wars, Cub Scouts and Mexican food. 

Adam is my intense little man.  He's one of the most driven people I know...and he's only 7 year old!  When he's not too busy brooding he loves trying to make people laugh.  He's also a "human pretzel", and I often find him twisted into ridiculous contortions!  His current passions are: Cub Scouts, trying to beat his older brother at just about everything (this boy is competitive!) and rescuing endangered species from extinction...especially bats. :)

And then there was Megan.  She's shy and dainty, loves stuffed animals and loves her mama!  She's 5 years old and pretty much always at my side with those blue eyes that won't quit.  She's the spitting image of her Daddy (and has him wrapped around her little finger, though he'll never admit it!). She loves all things arts & crafts (like mom!) and bossing around her older brothers (it works!).

This is my youngest little bundle of joy.  He's 2 years old...and makes me laugh out loud, Every. Single. Day.  He's full of energy, full of mischief (at times!) and loves to snuggle.  His current passions are: pointing and labeling things--VERY LOUDLY AT CHURCH (much to the embarrassment of his mom!), destroying board books and climbing the stairs when somebody forgets to close the safety gate.  So yeah, pretty much a typical 2 year old!
These are my kiddos.  Together we spend our days learning, loving and creating mountains of laundry that rarely get folded.  Each day is a blessing.

About This Blog:

This blog is a mish-mash of all the things that go on in my brain.  Here you'll find stories of our homeschoool days, recipes, faith-related posts, craft ideas, free printables, memoir pieces... and hopefully a laugh or two! :)  Sometimes I share my heart on heavy topics, including losing my mother to suicide and grief through miscarriage.  Other times I keep it more light-hearted.  I love how blogging reflects the many seasons of life--the mix of suffering and joy. I use this blog to share, connect, encourage, offer ideas and  give thanks to God for His abundant blessings.

Here is a sampling of some of my popular posts:

 Make an Easter Story Wreath {free printable!}
This is by far the most popular post I've ever written.  Every Lent it gets pinned often on Pinterest and has also been shared on numerous blogs. I'm glad this craft has been helpful to so many families and classrooms!

Here are some of my personal favorite posts.  Near and dear to my heart for various reasons:

Recounting the experience of losing my mother to suicide in 2008, and the comfort my faith provided.
A memoir piece that has had a profound and life-long impact on me.

An examination of upside of pain and suffering.

An exploration of humility, and some practical ways we can try to cultivate it.

The Space Between
 A look at the spiritual "thin places" between heaven and earth, where we experience God deeply in our lives

Even There
Sharing my journey of loss through miscarriage

A lesson in courage, community and taking risks

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you'll stay awhile! :)


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