Name: Victoria

Location: Midwest – Kansas City, Missouri to be specific

Status: I’m a wife, a mom to an angel and a puppy, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a cousin, a niece, a friend.  I’m married to Patrick, the most amazing man in the world. We have one dog, a Beagle-Jack Russel Terrier mix named Sophie.  We have one son, Joshua Patrick who currently lives in Heaven.  We also have one daughter, Madeline who is our rainbow and such a complete joy.

Why blog? I don’t know exactly why.  I’ve always been writing either online, in journals, or just on random scraps of paper… I have a B.A. degree in English – Creative Writing.  So, I guess I often feel compelled to be writing something.  I have done the “blog” thing off and on for over 15 years.  Lately, it’s been just a good place for me to put down all of the chaos that is inside my head.  It’s basically a really cheap form of therapy.

What’s with the name? [Formerly Rooted In Faith – www.rootedinfaith.com] This blog has sort of evolved over the years.  Originally I started blogging long before I was married or had kids.  It was just a place to ramble about life a single college student.  Then I kind of stopped writing for awhile.  I picked it back up after we lost Joshua.  I needed an outlet for my grief.  I needed a place to write it all down, to get it out of my head.  Rooted in Faith was born at that point.  I needed something to hang on to, to hope for, to believe in.  That site evolved again after we had Madeline.  It became a lot more everyday life, parenting, and fun pictures of our girl.  I finally decided the site needed a complete change.  My faith is still there, I just think this name – Life with Madeline better reflects what this site has become about.

What you expect to read about? Really just life in general. In the past seven years Patrick and I met, fell in love, got engaged, planned a wedding, purchased a house, moved, had a wedding, adopted a puppy, had a car stolen, bought a new car, decorated and painted the entire interior of our house, got pregnant, had a fantastic pregnancy until week 29 when we had our son via an emergency c-section and lost him two days later, got pregnant again, and delivered a healthy, adorable, precious baby girl. Life has been a roller coaster to say the very least. I write about everything from marriage, faith, grief, love, family, parenting, diy, crafts, with a few recipes thrown in for fun.  The journey may not always be easy or pretty, but I have faith and hope that in the end it will all be worth it.

Cast of Characters:  

My Husband: PatrickLover of all things 80’s, Batman, TMNT, Ghostbusters, Video Games, Movies, Baseball, Football, Animals, Italian Food, Joshua, Madeline, Sophie and Me 😉



Our Son: Joshua Patrick – Born too soon on February 20, 2013 at 29 weeks gestation.  Went to Meet Jesus on February 22, 2013.  Mommy and Daddy’s little man, peanut, monkey, sweet boy, first born, beloved son



Our Daughter: Madeline Rose Louise- Born April 9, 2014.  She is our rainbow of hope and so far loves car rides, her swing, smiling, music, and of course mommy and daddy.



Our Dog:  Sophie – Lover of Blankets, Pillows, Chasing Squirrels, Walks, Us, and All Food


And of Course Me: Victoria – Lover of God, Family, Patrick, Joshua, Madeline, Sophie, Photography, Writing, Reading, Cooking, Baking, Nature, and Social Media



  1. I found your blog on the preeclampsia site on facebook. I am so sorry for your loss but your last blog about what happened to you in target was so touching. Almost brought me to tears. I had a 32 week preemie baby boy 15 years ago. I had been really sick and on magnesium sulfate and eventually ended up with placental abruption. My boy is healthy today but I really wish that they could find out how to prevent that awful disease. I know your baby boy is in heaven and that one day you will meet again. You are an amazingly strong woman and only God can give you that. I will be praying for you to have strength. God bless.

    1. Thank you. This strength certainly doesn’t come from me. That much I know for sure. I’m so relieved to hear stories of women who have had preeclampsia and not only survived themselves, but that they have had children who have survived. Right now, I need all the encouragement I can get. Since Joshua was our first, and the chance of developing preeclampsia again is good, it is always good to hear stories that have much happier endings that ours did. Thank you for sharing yours.

  2. I found your blog on the facebook page for preeclampsia survivors. We lost our son Peter after 2 days just a week before you lost your precious son on 2/13/2013. I didn’t make it as far as you did, I had an emergency C-Section at 24 weeks due to severe preeclampsia. Thanks for sharing your story. Feel free to check out my blog too.

  3. For the trigger post re: movies/TV –
    The Space Between Us – The mom dies from Preeclampsia at birth – very graphic and jarring. My husband and I did not expect this at all – I had Postpartum Pre E a few days after birth/losing our daughter. 💛

    1. I will definitely add that one, and will never watch that. We lost our son after he was born at 29 weeks due to pre-e as well. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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