Fall Front Porches

I’ve always loved what front porches represent: family time, relaxation, cold glasses of sweet tea, being a part of the neighborhood. My family’s home when I was growing up had a front porch, and we spent countless hours together there, watching thunder storms, eating ice cream and just enjoying each other’s company. That front porch saw a lot of smiles – and a lot of tears – over the years.

John Sarris on the Porch


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The Start of Fall

Yesterday was September 1st – and the start of what I consider fall! Technically, the season of fall doesn’t start until later in September, but as I sit here in a cozy sweater, covered with a blanket, it sure feels a lot like fall to me! The weather this time of year can be a little all over the place in Northeast Ohio: some days it’s hot and sunny; some days it’s chilly and overcast. Ryan and I got married September 5, 2009, and it was in the high 70’s with lots of sunshine. The poor groomsmen were sweating in their tuxes! But almost eight years later, the weather calls for long sleeves and umbrellas.  Continue reading

Gift Ideas for First Responders

If someone you love is a first responder, you know all too well the mix of overwhelming pride and fear concerning their job. Firefighters, police officers, military personnel and paramedic/EMTs are the ones running in while others are running out. My husband, a firefighter and parmedic (and Army veteran!) half-jokingly says that to me, but it’s so true. These everyday-heroes are not compensated for their daily sacrifices. I started writing this post on a day we lost a local police officer to a hit-and-run driver. My heart breaks for the family and friends of that officer, as well as the members of his department. I know that technically all of us are all putting our lives into danger by just getting up and going to work everyday – no matter our profession – but no one can argue that these men and women are quite literally risking it all for the sake of the lives of complete strangers.

So – before I say anything else – THANK YOU to all first responders and their families. Your sacrifices are not overlooked. ❤ Continue reading

Currently….{February 21, 2017}

We’re about a month out from the official start of spring, but it’s been in the 50s and 60s around Northeast Ohio lately – so it feels like spring is here already! We are loving the warmer weather, and so are the boys. We spent almost FOUR HOURS at the park last Saturday. Needless to say we were all totally wiped out after that. I think we all slept like rocks that night!

We’ve been busy around the homestead lately. Earlier this month, Ryan was out of town for two weeks at training for work (yay to getting promoted this year!!), so I had my first experience of just me and the kiddos at home for a long period of time. I’m so, so, so blessed to have a wonderful babysitter and an even more wonderful mama who made those two weeks not only doable, but not that bad. And it helps that my boys were eerily well-behaved. But in any case, I was SO happy when Ryan finally came back home. Our home just isn’t the same when he’s not around, and I swear Gunner (our younger dog) was in a state of depression for those two weeks. The dog loves his dad. Continue reading


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With a heavy heart…

This past Sunday, two Toledo, Ohio firefighters were killed in an apartment fire. I cannot express the sadness I feel for their families – and the respect that I have for these two mean and for ALL of the firefighters, police officers and military personnel who put their lives on the line everyday to protect us.

My best friend and the love of my life is a firefighter, so I’d be lying if I said this didn’t scare every part of me. These men are true heroes, and I pray for them and their families.