how i became a princess

One day I was driving the boys home from their babi's (my mom) house and we were talking about their day at school.  Aiden mentioned something was pretty, and since he used the word in the wrong context I decided to turn our conversation into a teaching point. 

I turned around (while stopped at a red light) and asked him if he liked my face.  Weird, I know.  But my plan was that when he answered "yes" I would tell him that means he thinks I'm pretty.  Clearly I am no teacher. Whatever.  I tried. 

Anyway, instead of answering my question he pointed at me with this gigantic smile and proclaimed, half asking, "You're a princess?!"

And that, my friends, is how I became a princess. 

I'm so lucky to be a momma to two little boys. And I am so thankful that Aiden and Ryan are growing and learning and are able to have these conversations with me.  There was a time when we didn't know if we'd ever hear them speak.  And now they won't stop.  (We just entered the 'WHY?' phase.  I never knew I could run out of actual answers to a question.  Even made up answers.  The struggle is real, y'all)

Tomorrow we'll gather with our families and eat yummy food.  We'll talk and laugh.  Drink a little.  We will do what we do every Thanksgiving all the while marveling at what a privilege it is to spend this special time with our amazing kids.  

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.  What are you thankful for this year?



November 17th is World Prematurity Day.  The photos above are photos that were taken well into our 3rd month in the hospital.  When I think back to those days, I kind of feel like I'm a outsider just watching the hours unfold.  To tell you the truth, I struggle to remember  my "then" self.  It's so odd.  We spent every single day, almost every spare second, in that hospital for almost five months.  We sat.  We cried.  We prayed.  We imagined future moments that we weren't completely sure would be ours.  And then one day we left.  We came home with two miracle babies and the moments became ours to be had.

Some people may look at our family and think that we have a difficult life.  We spend a lot of time visiting the hospital and seeing various doctors.  We never know if an illness is, in fact, a shunt malfunction.  Our kids attend pre-school at age 3 so that they can continue to receive the therapy they need in order to thrive.  We live a life that is not completely ordinary.  But what many people may not realize is that we are the lucky ones.  We are a success story.  

It hurts my heart to think about all those that didn't come out on the same side as us.  And it happens each and every day.  That's why I'm here.  That's why I blog.  That's why we support the March of Dimes.  And that's why we will never stop.


I will never stop thanking my lucky stars for these two amazing boys.  I will never, ever take for granted the progress I see in them daily.  And I will never forget all those who don't have it as easy as we do.  Because when all is said and done, we have it easy.

In honor of today, in honor of my boys, share my blog with your friends.  Sign up to walk with us.  Donate to our cause.  Or simply take a moment to pray for all the babies who had a really hard start. 


november and march

Happy November everyone!  In honor of Prematurity Awareness month I wanted to officially kick off our fundraising and preparations for the 2015 March for Babies which will be held on April 26, 2015. 

We're a bit early this time around, but we are very excited to try and reach our goal this year.  This will be our fourth year participating in the walk. Last year, with the help of our family & friends, we raised over $5,000! We would love to double that this year, and though it scares me to set such a high goal for our team, I have no doubt that we will be able to reach it!

The March of Dimes is an organization that is, and always will be, near and dear to our hearts. It is through the research and funding of organizations such as this that our boys were able to receive the treatment they needed in order to get well enough to come home. And as a direct result of many of those treatments, they have survived and are thriving. Though their battle with prematurity has not ended, the rough beginning is certainly in their past.

Every single day we are reminded of how lucky we are to have these two little miracles by our sides. That is why we continue to support the March of Dimes, and will continue to do so as long as we are able. Our hope is that one day, all babies will be born full term and healthy.

Please join us in the fight against prematurity. Everyone deserves a healthy start.

You can sign up to walk and/or donate by clicking through this link.  

With 174 days left until the walk, we only need $57.41/day to reach our goal.  Can you help?

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