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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Bittersweet Destiny

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain…

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Moana printables and activity sheets

Moana Kakamora printable

Moana printable and activity sheets. Kakamora printables.       Moana makes history as the first Disney princess from the Pacific Islands.  Moana is strong, courageous, and loves her culture…

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Breaking Internet news : Onions improve your brain’s ability to play Minecraft

onions help you play minecraft

Our kids are pretty good little eaters. They eat their fair share of vegetables and fruits.  They all have a very small list of foods they really dislike.  Onions top…

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Tips for Preventing Common Sports Injuries in Kids

preventing common sports injuries in kids

Our kids are probably a lot like your kids.  Sports, dance, and outside play all keep them active and healthy.  As they get older and more active we are doing…

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It’s OK to not buy school pictures

Its OK to not buy school pictures

Every year since preschool I have purchased school pictures of all three kiddos.  Crappy backgrounds, forced poses, and terrible lighting seems to be the formula.  Every year I complained about…

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Storks adoption and foster trigger warning…. “Orphan Hurts My Heart”

storks movie and adoption triggers

Storks flies into theaters on September 23rd and it is sure to be a hit. Storks comes from the hysterical geniuses behind The LEGO Movie and it is just as…

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First day of Kindergarten for my baby…. sniff sniff….. just kidding – girl, bye.

kids go back to school

Three kiddos were off to school this past week.  While we partially homeschool, the kids pack it up and go to a traditional school three days a week.  I live…

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Russian adoptee tells her story.

Russian adoptee

My friend Tati is here today as our guest blogger. Tati is a Russian adoptee who is all grown up and was willing to share her journey.  I am thankful…

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What the heck is a Friendship Card Exchange?

So I have three kids in three different school classes.  Two of my kids had “Friendship Card Exchange” day on the last day in class before Valentine’s Day.  They were…

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The Journey to Masha : An orphan hosting and older child adoption story

When my husband and I started our adoption journey 10 years ago we knew one other couple at our church that had adopted, that was it.  At that time there…

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That Time We Volunteered at Ronald McDonald House

So I like to share little miracles we see from time to time.  Harry and I go through life sometimes wondering if we are legitimately screwing up everything we touch,…

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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!