I remember my childhood like it was yesterday. These memories are close to my heart and helped shape me into the parent I am today. I grew up in a two-parent home with two sisters and three brothers. The crazy...
It's hard to believe but another year has come to an end. Time flies by when you're a busy parent. With the start of a new year comes New Year's resolutions. This year, I'm setting my resolutions as a mom....
What is the hardest job on earth? I asked my 14-year-old and he said, "firefighter." My 17-year-old said it was the men in the army on the front lines bravely fighting battles. My 19-year-old daughter said, “An astronaut going to...

Remember When…

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From the backseat of the minivan one day, I heard my 10-year-old start a conversation with his siblings. “Remember when. . .” And those two words squeezed my mama's heart. This is why the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is...

Dear Foster Mama

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You fill out the paperwork. There's so. much. paperwork. You've gone above and beyond childproofing your house. I mean, the knives are so far up even you need a step stool to reach them. There will be all the visits....
Confidence, high self-esteem, and a positive attitude.  Every parent wants their child to have these qualities. I know my husband and I are being intentional with our two-year-old son to help him grow with these traits. Yes, he is only...
My daughter Chloe has attended school full-time since she was three years old. From day one she has been in a classroom setting with children of all abilities. This year she started kindergarten. During her fall conference her teacher made...
For a lot of people considering adoption, "open adoption" is a scary word. I understand. I've been there. Having both adopted and then given birth to a surprise baby, I have some perspective. I also know the law here,...
As I sat in the movie theater with my daughter, who’s about to turn 6, on one side of me and my son, who’s almost 4, on the other side; I was overwhelmed with emotion. I was watching Frozen...

On Being Thankful

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Some days I'm thankful. Other days I am all too aware of my problems and shortcomings. There are all the "I wish" thoughts that flood into my head. I wish we didn't have to live paycheck to paycheck. I wish...
Single parenting in general can be tough. I talk a lot of things over with my married coworkers and some of them remind me that having a spouse doesn’t always make things easier. While I know they mean well, their...
Our Adoption Story Our adoption journey began in 2017 after two years of trying to conceive a child biologically. Adoption was always a way that my husband and I had talked about building our family, so after struggling with infertility...
As we move into fall and the holidays, it is a good time to think about gratitude, about being thankful. We all have some reason to be grateful. Yet how do we become people of gratitude and how important...
“I want to do something splendid before I go to my castle, — something heroic or wonderful, that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it, and mean to astonish...
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