• Poems

    Perspective

    When you want to complain because daycare costs are so high, take a breath.Somewhere there’s a mom who’d pay anything to bring back that debt. When you want to stay at work for just 15 extra minutes, wrap it up in three.Somewhere there’s a dad who’d go back in time to come home early. Sleepless…

  • Phoenix Santos
    Featured Posts,  Motherhood

    Phoenix Rises from the Ashes

    We found out we were going to become ‘Santos, party of four’ on Desmond’s 2nd birthday. It was 3 months after buying a basal thermometer, two months after starting to track ovulation, and just one week after going to see my OB for a conception consultation because I was wondering why things weren’t happening for…

  • Work

    The Hunt… Take 2

    It was just over 3 years ago I found myself without a job. It was hard to accept at first, but I quickly changed my perspective and set forth to conquer. This time around, I started out feeling optimistic and that always feels better. You can read about my first ‘hunt’ here. I have more experience…

  • Matron of Honor Speech
    Poems

    Four One One Two Thousand Fifteen

    This poem was my Matron of Honor Speech for my sister and brother-in-law’s wedding. They got married in the most beautiful venue in Boca Grande, Florida on April 11, 2015. I struggled with the thought of writing a traditional speechSo you got a poem instead, it’s titled 4/11/2015. Being the Matron of honor is an…

  • Motherhood

    Is Breast Best?

    At our first prenatal appointment, our Nurse Practitioner (Rose) told us breastfeeding was the hardest thing that new moms experience. I was already planning on doing it because of the documented benefits and for the bonding experience, but hearing her say that made me want to do it even more. She recommended only one book…

  • Desmond Santos, 6 Days Old
    Motherhood

    Desmond’s Story

    We have a journal that we started when we found out we were going to have a baby last October and although we had great intentions, we didn’t write in it as often as we wanted to. I wanted to document my pregnancy, the baby’s arrival, and of course the much awaited milestones, and sadly,…

  • Bouquet Charms
    Event Planning

    Memorial Charms

    I’ve read a few blogs and heard stories of couples who’ve found ways to commemorate loved ones who have passed and cannot attend the wedding. I liked the idea but decided to take it to another level. Rather than have a simple table with frames and a candle at the reception (which is a beautiful…

  • Event Planning

    The Chuppah

    Neither Dave nor I are super religious, but we are happy with how we were raised and wish to incorporate tradition and meaningful elements into our wedding ceremony. One item I recently decided to pursue is “The Chuppah”. Based on the ehow description, the Chuppah is made of a rectangular [or square] piece of fabric, large enough to stretch…

  • Work

    I call it “The Hunt”

    By any other name you can call it a search, a mission, or a job in itself. I am simply calling it “The Hunt”. The skillful tracking and acquisition of an elusive target – in most cases this would be a living thing. For me, a new job isn’t just a new source of livelihood. It…

  • Poems

    Who knew…

    Who knew it could be so good?Who knew it would be how it should?Who knew I’d ever be found?Who knew I’d ever hear the sound? I wrote you down in temporary pencil, followed by a pen.I dreamt of you and hoped for you, my lover and my friend.I’ve got books from my heart, about my…