All The Things

All The Things

March 3, 2014

Let’s catch up, shall we?

Sometimes I feel stretched a bit thin. I write for other places and there is a little voice that says, “But I want this on my own blog.”

I have to remember that sharing my words and what God has given me to other places besides here is a blessing, a fulfillment, and a way for others to connect that might have a similar story. It’s also led to possibilities I would have never imagined.

Yet still, this little space is truly the freest place I can be.

Freeist? Freest?

Why do all those look wrong?

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI’m sitting at Starbucks, and it’s chilly today. Not chilly like some of you with your -12* and all O_o but still. Chilly-ish. I’ve spilled coffee on my laptop and ordered a very messy croissant thing, so basically I look like a huge slob right now.


Sam will be gone for a week this month, out in the field as the army calls it. We have no access to each other for the entire time, which drives me a little batty. He’s also finishing up his very last class in his school – a bachelors in Business Management. I’m so proud of him. So proud. He’s worked on this through joining the Army, being away from us, military school, and the loss of our kids. Along with 2 moves.


Thrive Moms Conference

I’m going to be speaking at the Thrive Moms Virtual Conference in May. Thrive Moms is this incredible online community to encourage mothers in all walks of life. The conference is free, it’s online, it has some very talented women running it, and there might even be some swag if you register. Grab a coffee and your semi-clean sweats, put on Frozen for the kids, and join us.


The other night Sam and I decided to watch Downton Abbey from the beginning. Sam missed the past season and a half, so I felt like he really needed to catch up.

I don’t know if he felt this way. But I did. It was crucial for our marriage communication.

edith with googly eyesSomeone shared a link to googly eyed Edith on FB (I seriously am laughing as I type this out) and I spent that night laying in bed laughing so hard tears rolled down my cheeks. I mean. I have a love/hate with all the characters on there (except Anna) but Edith is really one of those where I just want to shake her and be like, “EDITH. NO. STOP IT.” So the googly eyes just killed me.

Don’t blame me if you get nothing done the rest of the day.


frozen movieWe bought Frozen the night it came out on Amazon Prime. Bella’s already watched it 3 times. I love it, I do. But 3 times in as many days is a bit much. We have the songs on my phone that we play in the car, so she sings them with the movie.

I just want to squish her when she sings “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” with Ana. It’s just too cute. She loves that movie so much.


gold cardI am now the proud owner of a Starbucks Gold Card. Yes. It really is that fantastic. I whipped that thing out today proudly and the barista didn’t say anything (because she sees a million but I was totally hoping she’d be like, “You have a Gold Card!” since I need affirmation like whoa). 


Next month marks two years at Babble. Two.years. That seems crazy long to me. It just may be the longest time I’ve ever stayed at a job.

That’s terrible. I was so flighty when I was younger.

I love writing there, it holds a whole different level of vulnerability for me. It has it’s ups and downs but I honestly love it so much. It’s been such a rock for me these past two years.

I have a lot of you ask how you can write there. Last night I was on their site and found the page that explains how to pitch Babble and your work.

And if you have the Land of Nod catalog, maybe take a good look at the cover this month. A close look. I’m not saying why, but you might even need to get a magnifying glass out.


Land of Nod Real Families

If you don’t get their catalog, you can see some of our feature on their Real Families site.

So that’s it. All caught up for the most part. Thanks for always reading and sticking around here. xo



  • Grace Cho

    March 4, 2014 at 2:07 am

    can’t wait to hear your heart at the thrive moms conference! starbucks gold card- don’t you love the rewards/discounts?

  • Gretchen Bossio

    March 4, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Love love love your homeschool room!

  • Becky G

    March 3, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    What a fun update! I signed up for the conference. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    Also I ditto Kristin and the joy of the star plink on the iPhone Starbucks app. 🙂

  • Stacy

    March 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    You rock. ’nuff said. And ’nuff keeps autocorrecting to ‘buff.

  • Elizabeth

    March 3, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    My Land Of Nod catalog showed up today, and I was all, “Hey! I know that girl!” What a fun keepsake for her to have and look through when she’s grown.

  • Andrea

    March 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I’ve read, reread, and re-reread (yup, that’s a word now) your post on parenting an only child. I cannot even express how much I love it and how it so completely mirrors my feelings. I shared it on FB and have received great comments thanking me for sharing-from moms with all types of family dynamics. Just wanted to thank you- once again, your post rocked.

  • Jana Reed

    March 3, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I really hope you have the Starbucks app on your phone….. It’s sweet.
    Most freeist? Yep, I’m a college graduate! =)

    1. Diana

      March 3, 2014 at 11:56 am

      You know, I had the app and then it wouldn’t sync with my old card. I was so frustrated I finally deleted it. I should try again.
      Most freeist. Absolutely. I’m going with that one. 😉

      1. Kristin @ In Between the Piles

        March 3, 2014 at 3:02 pm

        You definitely should try it again. I *love* the app. It will show you whenever you get another star (it delightfully falls into a Starbucks cup) with a happy little “ping” sound. Yes, I’m an app geek. 😉

  • Rebecca

    March 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I love this random update. These have almost become my favorite kind of posts lately 🙂 I also ADORE that gorgeous homeschool room and you all look so beautiful in the pics. I think it may be the only smile I’ve seen on Sam and it’s adorable. Tell him he should smile in your online pics more often 🙂

    Also, I want to be sitting across from you in that Starbucks eating an equally messy croissant thing. I don’t have a gold card, but I’d totally gush to the barista about yours. You know, doing my part in garnering much affirmation 😉

    Love you, friend.

    1. Diana

      March 3, 2014 at 11:57 am

      He always looks so grouchy. He isn’t into photos much.
      I know you understand my need for affirmation. That is why we are friends. You give me all the affirms.

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