Daily, Madeline

Maddy Draws

I have been so impressed lately with the way Madeline has been drawing.  When she colors she stays in the lines, and now when she draws I can usually tell what it is she is drawing. Her favorites are hearts and people.  She loves to draw her family.  Last night she drew mom, dad, herself… Continue reading Maddy Draws


Oktoberfest 2015

Patrick had to help serve beer at Oktoberfest with his bank again this year, so Madeline and I headed down to explore while daddy worked. My little animal lover enjoyed watching the ponies. Maddy and I shared some ice cream and people watched for a bit. We found R2D2. Back to the ponies. Finally, it… Continue reading Oktoberfest 2015


Just Another Day at the Zoo

A beautiful day calls for a trip to the zoo. Why, hello there Mr. Polar Bear. This time we went with our friends Megan and Dan and their little girl, Phoebe.   It was fun for Madeline to have a little friend there with her. I've mentioned before how we find signs of Joshua on… Continue reading Just Another Day at the Zoo


A Day at the Farmstead

We spent the day at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead.   We thought it was time Madeline started school. Madeline LOVES animals, so she was excited to get to see some new ones up close. Daddy showing Maddy the baby goats. She really wanted to pet one. Little cutie. Madeline found it absolutely hilarious that the… Continue reading A Day at the Farmstead


Patrick Turns 30 – and a Royals Game

Patrick celebrated a big birthday this year. We celebrated the best way we know how, at the Royals game. Our little Royals fan made fast friends with those sitting around us. She preferred to watch the people instead of the game. Madeline got to ride on the Slugger lion on the carousel.  Let's go Royals!… Continue reading Patrick Turns 30 – and a Royals Game


Under the Sea…Sorta

We took Madeline to the Sea Life aquarium at Crown Center.  If you haven't been, save your money.  We got in for half price thanks to our Friends of the Zoo membership, but even at half price it was kind of a rip off.  It was small with not a lot of variety. Of course… Continue reading Under the Sea…Sorta

Daily, Letters to Maddy, Madeline, Monthly Letters

16 Months

My Dear Madeline, Today you are 16 months old. Crazy! You are turning to such an awesome little kid. You are so much fun and we just love spending time with you. You have really become quite the little momma to your baby doll. We can't leave the house without it most days. You are… Continue reading 16 Months


Zoo Day with Grandma

Since Patrick had to work, I invited my mom to come with Madeline and me to the Friends of the Zoo breakfast event.  It was a little rainy at first, but it was still fun.  Of course, we spent the majority of our time in the penguin exhibit, but that's okay.  They are Maddy's favorite… Continue reading Zoo Day with Grandma


Guess How Much I Love You

"Guess how much I love you," "Oh, I don't think I could guess that." "I love you as high as I can reach." "I love you all the way up to my toes!" "I love you all the way down the lane as far as the river."  "I love you across the river and over… Continue reading Guess How Much I Love You

Letters to Maddy, Madeline, Monthly Letters, Parenting, Parenting After Loss

14 Months

Dear Darling Madeline, You are 14 months old!  Time just keeps speeding by and you are growing up and changing every day from baby to more toddler despite my futile attempts to hold you and rock you like a little baby.  You look at me and I can just tell what you are thinking, “Mom,… Continue reading 14 Months