I’m sitting in the back of Ava’s gymnastics class. I usually sit in the car with my book, reading and dozing. It’s one hour each week when I’m completely alone and unencumbered – as opposed to home and work, where there are always things I need to do. It’s quiet and I don’t have to […]

  • Beth Beyrer - I freaking love you.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Littles Crawford - Great post…I feel the same way…kids are 10 and 12!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - I just read the article you linked to – and yes I am a Type-A person for sure! I have an 18 month little boy and I can’t stand when he has too many toys out. If he isn’t playing with it I put it back. All my friends think I am nuts – but I am glad to know he will turn our alight despite me 😉ReplyCancel

Edited: I posted this the other day, then quickly pulled it for fear it was too much of a downer. But you know what? Screw that. It is what it is, and this is a journal of my life and feelings, right? There’s also the fact that my beloved son saw how sad I was […]

  • Helen W - Lisa, I don’t know you unless having your photo art hanging in my entry way qualifies as knowing you. I’ve been a stay at home mom for my 23 married years. I have 3 sons & 1 daughter, my youngest finishing up his sophomore year too. I have one finishing his 4th year in Hawaii, my daughter finishing her 3rd year 6 hours away and one at the local junior college. Yes, there have been tears and no it was not always easy but I have found this to be THE most rewarding part of parenting yet. To literally watch them become so independent as they grow into adults is so heartwarming. I feel as though we are now reaping all the rewards of the hard work and sacrifices we call parenting. We did the travel ball thing with every week and weekend filled with practices and games. We loved it and enjoyed it while it lasted. Now we enjoy being able to plan our own weekends and are able to focus on us as a couple much more.
    I knew that since I am a sahm, it would be especially hard for as being a mom was my purpose. I was guided to make a list of all those things that I wanted to do but never had time. I am enjoying checking those things off my list. Stay in the moment and soak it all in. I’m so excited for you to see the more grown up versions of your children. You’ll love them even more!ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - Helen, love love what you wrote! Thank you so much for taking the time! 20 years for us, and yup – same thing, every summer filled with sports!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Willis Dillow - Oldest turns 13 next week, and I’m feeling it. SIGH.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Harry Miller - Mine graduates next year. I just…I just can’t even. Although, I understand that they try to make that last year tough so that you won’t miss them :) Anyway, I’ll be a mess…and my next one follows behind her in two years.ReplyCancel

  • berta - My baby graduates from HS in two weeks. He is 11 & 14 years younger than his two older brothers, and I have my middle son getting married in just over a month. It is hard to see how quickly the time has passed since they were babies. But I am proud of them, and glad to see that they are making their way into the world and make me proud.ReplyCancel

I was watching Grey’s while I created these. 1. I need somebody to hold me. 2. I was spoiled and *still* cried like a baby (darned Facebook!). 3. The nice TruGreen guy was outside while I was watching, hence my silent chanting of  “Please don’t ring the doorbell, please don’t ring the doorbell!” throughout. (he […]

Aaah, the first of my spring break 2015 images. I photographed this beach landscape on our 3rd day on Padre Island off Corpus Christi. It rained the first two days which made it less than fun…but the soft, foggy, clouds-in-the-distance, waves for a mile on day 3 more than made up for it. Print & […]

Almost every cookware company makes something they call an Everyday Pan, and I even have a few. All-Clad, Calphalon, Pampered Chef. But you know what? Hooey. Stainless is fine unless you’re sauteing peppers, which ALWAYS BURN. Non-Stick is fine unless you want a really nice sear. Enter my most favorite pan of all, which was […]

  • Barb Noland Hogan - I LOVE my cast iron skillets and I always use soap on them. They’re perfection, especially the one that I found in my mother in law’s basement years ago. It belonged to my husband’s grandma. It was super nasty, but I cleaned it up and seasoned it well and it’s heavenly. It’s nicer than my newer Lodge ones. It’s probably 90 years old!ReplyCancel

  • Cari Coe Skuse - I love my Lodge pans! I have 3 (regular skillet, grill, and crepe pan), plus my cast iron wok and dutch oven. Use them all the time. The only one that was a BIG pain to clean was the grill pan, but then I found that Lodge sells a set of scrapers that fits in the ridges to get them clean.
    I also use soap on mine and as long as I keep oiling it, it’s fine. I was using olive oil too, but someone told me that you should use vegetable oil because the olive oil will spoil and I did notice mine started to stink if it sat for a little while, so I switched back to vegetable oil.ReplyCancel

We spent 6+ hours in the car yesterday driving to & from Texas A&M University for Aidan to play in a rugby tournament. If you follow me on Instagram, I wasn’t kidding when I said we’ve spend 90% of our quality family time in our 2005 Chevy Avalanche commuting to sporting events. Good times, good […]

  • Lisa Jurisic Cole - I personally love the olive.ReplyCancel

  • Katerina Vodrazkova - Love the one in color.ReplyCancel

The bacon deviled eggs I made for Easter. Recipe here. Sorry I haven’t shared a meal plan in awhile. We are in FULL ON Spring sports mode which means if I’m not working, sleeping, or crying over Ava’s 3rd grade math homework…I’m driving one or both of my kids somewhere. Our schedule: Monday – Soccer […]

  • Michele BL Catino - Anyone else? Uh, yup, 2000 RAV4 still being driven…kinda like my dog that is 18 and still wanting to be fed…:)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Willis Dillow - We used to put about 7000 miles a year on our new van (which is a 2006)(and yes, I still think of it as the new car) but these last two years we’ve had assignments that put us in places where the things we do aren’t close to the place we live, and that translates to 16,000 or so miles a year. GAH. I drove 1081 miles the two weeks Matt was out of the country in March. Gymnastics is like spring sports mode all year round for us!ReplyCancel

Dear Messrs. Dolce and Gabbana, I read your comments in Panorama Magazine with interest. You see, we have one of those “…chemical children, synthetic babies.” I know your comments were wrapped in other opinions – which I also disagree with, but have no personal experience. I’m not going to chastise or wag my ever-powerful Mom […]

  • Shelby - beautiful and so very well written!! Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia | ImagesByCW - Beautifully said! I have no idea what D&G published, but I don’t need to, because clearly they were wrong. Ava appears to be a wonderful, perfectly imperfect (I mean, who is or really wants to be perfectly perfect?! ;)) young lady. I wish we had been as blessed, lucky, successful in IVF…ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Zielske - You GO mama!ReplyCancel

  • Sabreena Konsdorf - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Noland Hogan - Beautifully said!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Pierce Young - Oh how the world adores you AVA! Lisa! This post made me start my day with tears!! But sweet ones! She’s something else that girl!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Frear Connelly - I am sitting here blubbering at work! Perfect must come from Perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Susanne Helmert - <3ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Koslowsky Adams - Ditto! Awesome letter!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Templin - I loved reading this because my story is almost the same. My daughter was conceived via IVF. I remember all the shots, waking up in the middle of the night for that one last shot to be done at a certain time. I remember the huge bag of drugs on the dining room table, for there was no place else to put it all. We had to go through that hell for three different months before it “took hold.” After that, my pregnancy was completely normal.
    I don’t know either what D&G published, I only know that we just needed a bit more help from medical science to create our daughter. We’ve never told our daughter about it, I guess we have almost forgotten about it, she’s been here for 19 years and life is normal now.ReplyCancel

    • Lisa - There are so many IVF miracles out there! We’ve told Ava her ‘story’ from the start – I kept journals that she can read once she’s old enough to decipher my handwriting – lol!ReplyCancel

  • Latrice Gray Murphy - Fellow IVF mom and I agree so much. Great post. Glad you got your babies. BeautifulReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Lymperis Bergeron - Congratulations on your beautiful children. My two daughters were also produced by infertility drugs. Unfortunately there are not enough people in this world that understand what we are parents go through to become a parent. Your exactly right our children are not a synthetic or built by chemicals but they are built by all of our love and support.ReplyCancel

  • Shaun Olin McPherson - I’ve been a very good friend of Cathy for years Since we were 12…. Beautiful storyReplyCancel

  • Carrie - Beautifully written, Lisa!

    I had pre-ordered something from them for the upcoming season. I believe I’ll return it when it arrives now.


    • Lisa - You’re so sweet, Carrie! I truly wish them no ill will, I just wish they could meet someone like Ava as I’m certain they might reconsider their stance. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jules M - Beautifully said. So blessed to have the wonderful family that you do.ReplyCancel

They say if you love what you do it isn’t really work. It’s true. Shush now, I’m NOT just saying that. I swear, if I could work 24×7 to edit the backlog of images I’ve shot I would be a happy, happy gal. My other love is typography and my brain spins constantly with ideas […]