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Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted by savannahkase on May 8, 2016 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy |

Five years ago on Mother’s Day, my husband and I were enjoying a romantic weekend away at a spa in the Virginia countryside.  I had been feeling kind of off for a few days, so I’d brought along a pregnancy test, figuring that if it was negative, at least I’d be relaxed and have lots […]

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Family Traditions

Posted by savannahkase on November 27, 2015 in Current Events, Parenting, Personal, Second Child |

When I reflect on my childhood, which was generally glorious, I have a special soft spot for my family’s various traditions. Some continue to this day – for example, my parents still spend Thanksgiving dinner going around the table and asking each person what he or she is thankful for that year. Others have faded […]

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Happy New Year!

Posted by savannahkase on January 3, 2015 in Mom & Dad Dynamics, Personal |

I have been keeping a journal since before I could write (my first few diaries are filled with squiggly lines and loops), and from the beginning, I have always made a point of writing on New Year’s Eve.  In the last few moments of the outgoing year, I jot down memories, accomplishments, and lessons learned.  […]

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The Price of Love

Posted by savannahkase on December 24, 2014 in Lessons From Little Ones, Parenting, Personal, Pregnancy |

“Grief is the price of love.” – Queen Elizabeth II, after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks I considered writing a Christmas Eve post about the magic of this season – with its benevolent Santa Claus, mischievous Elf on the Shelf, gift-giving of all kinds, nostalgic music, sweet treats, and general atmosphere of goodwill and […]

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Cross-Atlantic Leap of Faith

Posted by savannahkase on September 16, 2014 in Advice, Mom & Dad Dynamics, Parenting, Personal |

When I booked our flights to Budapest and Vienna back in June, all I could think about was, “How are we going to afford these high-season fares?” My second thought was, “I’ll bet accommodations are going to be expensive, too, and I haven’t even checked the exchange rate.” My internal dialogue continued: “But it will […]

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