The Gift that Keeps Giving

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

How great is that feeling you get when you give someone the perfect gift?  Whether that’s doing something for them so that they felt important or special or getting them the exact thing they’ve been wanting for what seems like forever, you remember the feeling you get when you see the surprise and joy on their face.   Continue reading


Building A Dreamer

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

I’m not completely sure where he got it from, but my son is a dreamer. He has so many ideas and questions in his head and really wants to know how things work. He’s asked us many times if we can help him make his own video games, robots, transformers. Continue reading


Each year as the leaves start to change color and fall in preparation of the cold winter ahead I am struck by their beauty. Suddenly I’m living in a world full of colors that weren’t there before – welcoming in the cool Autumn breeze as the seasons change once more. October has always been my favorite month, and now it holds this dramatic mix of beauty and sorrow. You should be three now – each Fall reminds me of your birthday and leads me to wondering about how different my life would be if you were here. If I’d been able to hold you in my arms, instead of losing you red like the falling leaves. Continue reading

Sibling Love

Is there anything more sweet and heartwarming than a child choosing to show how much they love and care about someone? Isn’t it even more beautiful when the person their showing love to is their sibling? One of the things I enjoy most about my kids is how much they love each other and the compassion they show for one another. Continue reading

What’s That?

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

Have you watched your toddler’s eyes when they see something that really interests them? They seem to twinkle with wonder and curiosity. These little people who often jump from toy to toy and activity to activity without notice can be fully captivated by certain things. For each child, it’s different, but for both of our kids something that we noticed them noticing often were birds. They would see a bird flying through the air when we were outside or hopping around in the grass looking for worms near our back porch and would immediately be transfixed and point to wherever the bird was. Continue reading

Safe Sleep

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

October is National Safe Sleep Awareness Month. Make sure to check out the Hub’s Newsletter for more information on what safe sleep looks like, and as with everything, please consult with your child’s pediatrician if you have any questions. As I see these posts about safe sleep, I can’t help but think about where my daughter is now with sleeping. She may still call herself a baby, but we are now having to think about taking off the front gate of her crib to make her precious resting place a…toddler bed! Continue reading