Our local news channels have been watching this system for several days, warning of severe weather.

Before the storm, it was just cloud with gusts of wind and some sprinkles.

Lily and I had an impromptu mother-daughter date. Lunch at Bob Evans, then some shopping at Target.

I let Lily get Barbie Fairytopia: Magic of the Rainbow. She’s been watching Mermaidia on repeat.

Once we got home, I started making dinner. Just in case. If there would have been a power outage, it’s 2+ hours until it’d come back on.

Out here, we just got lots of wind and 15 minutes of downpour. Then, it started to clear up.


We got lucky. The storm started to lose strength as it traveled across Indiana. Our hearts go out to those in Washington, Illinois that weren’t as fortunate.

You can help with disaster relief by donating to the American Red Cross.


Throwback Thursday: Kindergarten


One of Lily's worksheets from kindergarten

It’s hard to believe that this time last year, Lily was in kindergarten. She was learning to write her letters and numbers.

For kindergarten, I saved almost every worksheet, coloring page, and craft project. Her backpack from last year is filled with papers that she brought home.

First grade, not so much. I take pictures to show family and friends how well she does on a project or test

What a difference a year makes!

Meet Blake


Our family welcomed a new member a couple weeks ago when this handsome guy was born.

Meet Blake.

He was such a sweet baby when we visited. Lily and Navy took turns holding him. Thankfully, he was not jostled too much.

Hoping we can visit Brittney, Brayden, and Blake again soon!