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Aug 9, 2019

Strangers knew my child was autisic before I did.

I remember the first time a stranger said my daughter acted just like her daughter who is autistic. She (the stranger) was waiting on us a local family restaurant in our town. She called her older daughter, who was bussing tables, over to see our curly headed cutie and was going on about how our girl and her younger daughter with autism had the same smile, the same serious look and other similar attributes. Looking back I can see that strangers knew my child was autistic before I did. Was it really...Read More 

Jul 7, 2019

How to Delegate Chores to Your Children

If constantly picking up after your children and feeling more like a maid than a mom is your cup of tea, then you don’t need to keep reading this. But if you want to teach your children to pitch-in and take responsibility for helping tidy-up, then this is just for you momma! Keep reading to learn how to delegate chores to your children. I’m going to give you a list of things our kiddos are currently doing to help with chores around the house, and the extra things they earn money for. As...Read More 

May 20, 2019

How to show R-E-S-P-E-C-T to your spouse!

Not everyone knows how to show respect to their mate, so I thought I would share some basic advice on how to respect your spouse. I was recently scrolling through Facebook and saw something kinda sad.  Shocker, I know. The post was asking about someone’s mate and really very personal. The one spouse was going on about how the other wouldn’t go to counseling, but that they wanted to go.  This person was basically airing marital grievances on social media. My first reaction was, kinda...Read More 

Jan 25, 2019

Why I choose to be a working mom when I could stay home

This is such a personal and vulnerable topic. There are so many emotions around this choice of being a working mom or a stay at home mom. I hope that you will hear me out and read the entire post, Why I choose to be a working mom when I could stay home. Why I choose to be a working mom when I could stay at home with my 4 children. I always thought I would really enjoy being a stay at home mom, not a working mom. I envisioned having 2, maybe 3 kids the natural way. Nursing my babies and staying home...Read More 

Dec 17, 2018

The week our daughter was diagnosed Developmentally Delayed

It’s 5:35 in the morning on a Wednesday in September. This is the second early morning in a row I’ve woken with anxious thoughts, then distinguished said thoughts with the truth about who my daughter is. The truth that she is exactly who she is supposed to be, and the truth that we are supposed to be her parents and the truth that God put her in our lives for many reasons and that she will have a far better life with us than anyone else. The truth that we can handle a child with developmental...Read More 

Dec 2, 2018

Unique Family Gifts

I love Christmas, but get overwhelmed with all the stuff that quickly looses it’s luster. I know lots of my mom friends feel the same, so I wrote this list of Unique Family Gifts. Please share and tag your family to give them the hint! Any other parents already dreading the piles and heaps of formed plastic stuff your kids are gonna get for Christmas? I didn’t think I was the only one! I’ve already been doing some pre-imptive cleaning out before more plastic enters our home. Even...Read More 

Nov 11, 2018

22 Date Night Ideas for Everyone

My husband and I go on a date every Thursday night. We have done so over 2 years. Before we had kids, we went out together to dinner or had a nice meal at home 2-3 nights a week. We REALLY like each other and have always set aside time to talk and share a meal. Over the years we have been together (19 years so far) we have had a lot of fun dates! Here are some of our favorites and some I hope to go on soon. There is something for every budget and even date nights in if you have kiddos. I hope this...Read More 

Sep 11, 2018

Infertility to Adoption – Part 3 “Is IVF for us?”

What an emotional time. I was so relieved to be healing. So relieved I didn’t have cancer. So relieved my husband was really holding up his end of “in sickness and in health”. And I was relieved he didn’t show disappointment in my body. The fact that I knew I couldn’t have children without in vitro fertilization made me sad and feel less than. This new reality was hard. We both had to mourn the fact that children would not come easily to us, maybe not at all. Then my...Read More 

Sep 6, 2018

Must Have Items For Young Children

Many of you know we are foster and adoptive parents. These are our Must Have Items for Young Children! We went from 0 to 4 kids in 14 months and we have found some must-have items and resources that have helped us that I want to share with you all. If you are more of a video watcher, I made a video too! Want to read more about our Foster & Adoption Journey? Then click here to read Part 1 of our journey. Here is my list of baby must haves: 1. Braun Forehead Thermometer This is a must-have...Read More 

Sep 1, 2018

Infertility to Adoption – Part 2 “You May Have Cancer”

Infertility to Adoption – Part 2 Catch up by reading  Infertility to Adoption – Part 1 The first time I walked into the oncology office was weird. There were lots of sick looking people, and I didn’t look sick. My husband and I checked in and waited to be called back. Heather, the nurse was so helpful and the doctor so kind. They talked to us, examined me and did blood work. I can’t remember how many times we saw each other before I had surgery 2 or 3 weeks later, but I will...Read More 

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