Hi!  Thank you for visiting!

Here I am in my office, 
which is a fancy way of saying I have a desk smack in the middle of our house.

Some things about me:

1. I believe that the truth in every story is somewhere between the lines.  I can't remember every single detail about what happens in life, so I tend to fill in the gaps with sparkles and spice.  This aids my writing and party conversation skills, but it is also why I'd be a terrible witness in a court case.

2. I love taking a joke just a little too far.

3. I have both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in research psychology. This makes me highly qualified to reveal that all psychology majors are total weirdos.

4. I believe in peace, love, and the healing properties of vanilla ice cream.

5. I am a minimalist - a clean, uncluttered area makes my heart sing.  Softly, of course.

6. I am terrible at home maintenance.

7. I love reminiscing about the past.

8. I hate sports from the depths of my soul, and my husband is a super sports fanatic.  Home life is a blast.

9. When we were potty-training our son, my mother told me: "You have to train yourself before you train him."  In other words: YOU are the boss.  Figure out what you want to teach your child to do, and DO IT. I at once understood that if I was to teach my children anything, it was up to me to begin the lesson, not wait for them to tell me they are ready.  Common sense and trial and error play significant parts.

Ten years later, I read this quote that corroborated my mother's parenting philosophy, from Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts: "The parent must always self-parent first; self-preaching always comes before child-teaching."  This view of parenthood has made my parenting journey (is there another more presumptuous term?) ultimately fulfilling.

10.  I have another blog!  I am Christian by faith, and I write at Stumbling Every Day about that part of me. Interested?  Go on and visit - I'll be here when you get back.

So glad you're here!



  1. Are you a brunette that likes soft jazz?

  2. I could say the exact same thing about myself! Over qualified and no where to go. And luckily my hubby is better at supporting us too :)

    1. Recently I heard that psychology degrees are the most sought after these days, because of their versatility. Maybe I'll keep that bit of info to myself.

  3. Dear Andrea,
    I love reading your posts. I think the anonymous grandma of your adorable children got me interested. Thank you anonymous grandma...love it!!

  4. Thank you cameron's mom, I will never call anyone tall again.

  5. Nobody has told me that I am tall in public. But I know how you feel.

  6. Thank you for coming into our class and giving us tips about blogging and how to blog safe.

  7. I really love your sense of humor. Are you an author as well, or do you simply love reading?

    1. Thank you, Sonia! So far, I just really love reading. Authorship is possible...