Ghost of Christmas Past


Before I sign off for the Christmas season (not all of it, just until next week), I wanted to share some of my favorite Christmas memories. This year, as a present to my parents, I’ve offered to sort through all their old photos, currently tossed hither and thither throughout their house and attempt to put […]


Pumpkin Guts and Spice and Everything Nice


  I’m linking up with lots o’ lovely ladies today to share some of my favorite fall decorations. Namely, pumpkins or jack o’ lanterns. Growing up, my parents were never keen to carve pumpkins, so my sister and I would each decorate a pumpkin with paint or markers. I vowed that when I was older […]


EDEL ’14 : Snapshots and Flo Rida


I’m going to the beach in two hours, so I can’t type out all the awesome that was Edel 2014. All I can do is drop a few pictures and captions in, as time and wifi permit, along with a blurry karaoke video that might be my ticket to viral online success. Safe to say, […]


{p,h,f,r} Milestones and Additions


Linking up at Like Mother, Like Daughter because this was a week for pictures! {pretty} Edith Arlene’s First Holy Communion! I didn’t forget all the hype I’d given this dress. I’ve got the pictures I promised, but not nearly as many as I anticipated. Thankfully, many other families were snapping shots during the ceremony and […]


{p,h,f,r} Overflowing With Books


I’ve mentioned a couple of times to visiting friends that I decorate with books. We have many shelves placed wherever there’s wall space and they’re just bursting with titles. I can’t think of any shelves we have that aren’t spilling over with books as opposed to say, dusty trinkets and collectables. Maybe just the dining […]


{p,h,f,r} Natural Wonder Overload

Humor, Photography

Linking up again for the first time in ages with everyone at Like Mother, Like Daughter. Just so you don’t forget how I roll around here, I’m going to start off with my trademark sunset. {pretty} WOOT! I think it’s very fitting that on the feast of St. Laurence the sky at dusk resembled a […]


{p,h,f,r} And Theme Thursday: All About Fire


Joining all the ladies at Like Mother, Like Daughter and Cari for another exciting round of photos that capture the essence of the Mantoan household without any of the offensive odors. We held a belated bonfire for the Feast of the Sacred Heart. (Flames of the Sacred Heart, get it???) If you’ve spent any time around my […]


I Pinished, More Dead Than Alive

Humor, Photography

I’m finally, finally getting my act together for week four of Dorian’s Pinisher link-up, family style! Link to Original Project at ‘Train Up A Child’, Outdoor Obstacle Course Link to My Pin: (which doesn’t look half as awesome as my outcome) HERE  Follow me on Pinterest: HERE Maybe you caught my reference to a family jog […]


Life With Fulton: Taking The Show On The Road

Photography, SMA Posts

Welcome to the first post in a sporadic series about life with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Mantoan style. I hope to give my readers a glimpse into our “normal.” My goal is not to invoke pity about our situation or platitudes about our extraordinary abilities, but to reveal that God does indeed qualify the called rather than the other way […]