I started this blog in 2009, when I was newly married and obsessively looking forward to getting pregnant and starting our family. I thought about nothing else, and blogs quickly became an outlet for my questions, excitement, and rabid planning.

At the time, I worked full-time in the corporate world, but I dreamed of working from home and building my writing career -- while being able to be at home with my children. You can read more about my "work life" here.

I got pregnant with our son, D, eight months later -- in September of 2009 -- and he was born the following June. I was more determined than ever to be able to stay at home with him, so I started freelancing when he was three months old and built up some clients.

When my maternity leave ended the following May, I continued to stay home with D and work during naptimes and after he was asleep at night. To cut down expenses, we sold our city condo and bought a house an hour away in a small town.

I was pregnant with our daughter, C, in August of 2011, and she was born the following April. I took six weeks off, and then resumed my workload. My husband was working two jobs at the time, so I was mostly stuck at home without a vehicle. It was hard (is still hard, sometimes) but we're making it work. I'm so grateful to be able to do this.

Today, D is six years old and C is four years old. Darling Husband is down to one job (hooray!), we own two vehicles, and I'm busier than ever with my freelance career.

I have two weekly newspaper columns in the Chronicle Herald, writing about parenting in "The Mom Scene," and writing about DIY home decor in "My Handmade Home." I write a monthly DIY-for-kids column called "This DIY House" for Family Matters magazine. I'm also a regular contributor on a great allergy blog called Scratch or Sniff.

We still love our new life here in the country. We are working hard, paying down debts, and hoping to buy a small farm someday. The kids want to have pet cows and pigs and chickens, Darling Husband wants a detached garage/workshop, and I'd like to channel by inner Laura Ingalls Wilder and bake a lot of bread.

Thanks for poking around here, and I hope some of my ramblings help another sleep-deprived mama!