Travel, Treats, Tips, & Traditions

Family

Current Status

I don’t know if you have noticed, but we haven’t been around as much lately.  Because people have asked, I thought I might give a little family status update.  Readers…

Read more »

Tips & Encouragement for boys that want to donate their hair

tips for boys that are considering donating their hair

Today was an exciting day.  My son has looked forward to this day for more than a year, but especially the last three or four months.  Some may remember that…

Read more »

How and Why I found the time to go back to school. Plus an Apple Store Gift Card GIVEAWAY!

palm trees

I have been wanting to go back to school pretty much since I graduated.  My husband has always been supportive of the idea, but it seemed life always got in…

Read more »

I’m a teacher, not an action hero.

teacher not an action hero

Yesterday, when I picked my 6.5 year old twins up from school, my daughter told me that they had not one but two fire drills. My first reaction should have…

Read more »

I am an elementary school teacher. This is why you don’t want me to be armed.

arming teachers

I have come to the point where I can no longer watch the videos of the most recent terrorist attack in a school setting. I can’t watch anymore because every…

Read more »

The things I am thankful for after 16 years of marriage.

Sixteen years ago today, Harry and I married people we hardly knew.  We were 28 and 23 and we had no idea what we were getting into.  We had been…

Read more »

“Don’t Forget My Hearts Mom!” Easy Valentine’s Day Tradition

Hearts On the Door Valentines Day

Last year we started a ridiculously easy Valentine’s Day Tradition in our house.  We knew it would be a hit, but we didn’t realize how much they would love it. …

Read more »

10 of the most outrageous signs spotted at the Women’s March

This past weekend, my oldest daughter and I attended the January 20th Women’s March.  Two years ago, an organized march, rally, or protest was not even on my radar. There…

Read more »

Holiday Highlights of 2017

This year was weird, but we love Christmas time and it wasn’t even hard to find good stuff to celebrate. While it would be so easy to focus on and…

Read more »

The holiday portraits I almost didn’t think I deserved.

holiday portraits

Family portraits are for the perfect. I’m not that. I’ve always had a hard time with family photo sessions.  Forced smiles and clothes we don’t normally wear, I am very…

Read more »

Me Too.

me too

“You are eighteen and there is nothing you can do about it.” I had just had a birthday.  I was going to community college and living at home with my…

Read more »

Schitt’s Creek Costumes

Schitts Creek Family Costumes

Halloween is on our doorstep, which means we are ready with fun, family costumes again. As crazy as it might be, our costumes this year are probably my favorite of…

Read more »

The Most Important Measure of Back-To-School Success

back to school

With the school year upon us, moms across the nation are jumping into action. That includes you and me, sister! We have a crap ton of stuff to do, and…

Read more »

Things you shouldn’t say to a boy growing out his hair to donate.

donate your hair

  Two years ago my son’s life was forever changed.  A friend was diagnosed with cancer. I remember the prayer requests, the “I am sure it is nothing” reassurances, and…

Read more »

Photobombed. A Ukraine Adoption. Going from 6 to 9 kids!

adopt from Ukraine

I was wrong.  I just wanted a picture with my girl, that beautiful blonde haired, blue eyed soft-spoken sweetheart. We were hosting V through Project143, an orphan hosting program. She…

Read more »

A Birth Mother’s Story

meeting birth family

Adoption is sometimes romanticized, and generally from the adoptive parent’s perspective.  It really is a miracle in so many ways, but adoption cannot happen without loss. Today I have a…

Read more »

The best anniversary gift for a Hamilton fan.

hamilton cast press photo

My husband and I have been married for 15 years, we dated for about a year before that. I feel it is important to let everyone know before we begin…

Read more »

Join Marvel Studios Hero Acts in donating to Save the Children

Marvel Studios Hero Acts

Friends, I have a favor to ask of you before the year comes to an end.  I don’t know about you, but I need to pour a little bit more…

Read more »

10 Tips for Reducing Stress During the Holidays

tips for reducing stress during the holidays

The holidays are here! In our house holidays come with a mix of excitement and hesitation.  Holidays are full of beautiful memories and special events, but they can also lead…

Read more »

So different from what I imagined, but perfect….. our adoption story

so different

November is National Adoption Awareness Month.  As most here know, our family was formed through adoption.  While we have shared bits of our story, I absolutely love to share adoption…

Read more »

Family

family mom blogOur family is pretty common, or totally uncommon depending on how you look at it.  Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Sister – about as all American as you can get!  Get to know us better and you will find that our family is actually built through adoption.  We have one kiddo the old fashioned way, as well as two who are adopted!  We are just a regular family, trying to learn to love each other and others better!