Category Archives: Lagniappe

Allen’s “A” School Graduation USCG

Just ten short weeks ago, I dropped Allen off in Yorktown, Virginia for his “A” school training with theView full post »

Sharing My Summer Adventure Part One

Earlier this summer, I vowed to live outside my comfort zone. I also made promises to my three oldest children forView full post »

I Have a Confession: It’s My 40th Birthday

Today is my 40th birthday, which means I’ve had ample time to get my act together. However, full confession,View full post »

And the Porcupine Jumps

After my extremely revealing and personal post yesterday, I’ve received many comments, texts, messages and phoneView full post »

Caring For & Loving Porcupines

A dear friend suggested the title of my first book be “Caring For and Loving Porcupines” after I vented toView full post »

Me & Father’s Day

Many knew him as Carl, some knew him as Dad, but I knew him as my Pepere. When I think about Father’s Day andView full post »

The Start of Summer for Circus Vorholt

THIS is usually indication that summer has arrived for our family: the discard of clothes and shoes as little boys makeView full post »

Sharing a Month of Mabel – Part 2

As I enter the living room, I notice the couches covered in dog hair, the cushions pushed astray and the lamp shadesView full post »

Me & Mother’s Day

I’m not a fan of Mother’s Day. Even as a mother of five wonderful children and wife of a sweet man who has made sure inView full post »

Sharing Haley’s Senior Story

“When I was 5, I wanted to be an artist.” “Now I want to be a teacher for kids with disabilities asView full post »

The story of a knight, a princess and a castle | West of Home, South of Sanity

During the years my husband and I dated, we would write letters every day we were apart. To make it entertaining, myView full post »

Morning Courage | West of Home, South of Sanity

My brain is hauled away from restful slumber by the sound of plastic wheels being dragged across a hard floor above myView full post »

Surf’s Up | West of Home, South of Sanity

Life with special needs children can limit the activities your family can do. Hiking, for example, isn’t reallyView full post »

Special Needs, Special Treatment | West of Home, South of Sanity

Thank you to all of the a$$holes who fraudulently used Disney’s disability policies. You have now made it evenView full post »

Sharing Our Grandparent Story | West of Home, South of Sanity

Grammy, or Grandma as Matt calls her, is one of our best cooks. For Labor Day, we were together at her home forView full post »

Driven to the End | West of Home, South of Sanity

On our third morning in Miloli’i, we woke late and enjoyed a slow morning of packing and cleaning the rentalView full post »

Sinking heart

Our second day in Miloli’i began with a slight wind and warm sun. Taking advantage of sleeping children, I set upView full post »

Night marching like the natives

After spending time with Jess as she met her paternal birth family, Allen, Emma and I headed to our beach house rentalView full post »

Picking through the pieces

Arriving in Hawaii felt familiar for 3 of us. The 4th didn’t remember her first visits to the islands andView full post »

Writing, Public Showers & Parenting

How and why do I write? Living in this large family provides many moments that are meant to be shared (for good reasonsView full post »