My mother told me when I was little that someday you would see my name on a book. She will be the first to tell you I always had a pencil and paper in my hands. I believe we are supposed to speak blessings over our children and my mother has done that since I was young...
Sometimes I sit in my living room when the snow is coming down outside and the kids are all over the place and just observe. Maybe the kids notice that I am just silently watching my world in action from my cozy spot on the couch but I don’t think so. I am so… Continue reading The house I wouldn’t look at.
There are no .25 cent socks left at the local drugstore because I just Bought. Them. All. Who else is a sucker for a good deal?!?!? I innocently stopped out for cough and cold medicine last night on my way to get the baby from daycare and there it was- the glorious 75% off clearance… Continue reading Attention Shoppers!
Back on track, a fresh start, a new year. That’s how most of us wanted this morning to go. We wanted to get in our cars and drive off to work or get our kids on the bus and start putting the house back in order first thing this morning and have a productive day.… Continue reading The 20 minute plan; A New Year’s Resolution for success
Leave it to me to compare my life to food but that’s what I think about when I reflect on 2017. Dinner is dinner is dinner, but when it comes to options there are some very real differences. Pasta is a comfort food, its good in a pinch, its cheap, its reliable- you can always… Continue reading 2017 was pasta. 2018, homemade mashed potatoes.
In all my life I have never had a moment like the moment I met our youngest baby, Benjamin. I told you how the phone rang again that first December just about 3 weeks after Moose arrived…well when that phone call came things were still up in the air. We had just met Moose’s parents for… Continue reading The 10th welcome home story.
This is the destruction that one breakfast leaves behind. We don’t have a dishwasher for 2 reasons. I set the only one we ever did have on fire a few years ago and we replaced it with another fridge. Every meal would be another load of dishes and we would just create a vicious cycle… Continue reading It’s not the full moon.
Foster care challenges your heart and your relationships. That’s the truth of it. Once that call comes and a child is on their way, your brain just starts spinning with the how and why- you begin logistically planning how to blend in another family member. That’s not to say that the excitement of meeting a… Continue reading Foster Care and your “circle”.
About 7 kids ago, I remember dreading the grocery store. My three babies were ages 2 ½, 14 months, and my youngest was a newborn. I couldn’t even think about how I could get them all safely into a shopping cart much less add groceries to that cart and make it out of the… Continue reading Practice makes (closer to) perfect.
I can never go more than a few days without the infamous question “So how exactly do you do it all? With 10 kids, 2 jobs outside the home in addition to our rental properties and my newest blogging adventure it does seem like quite a lot to be able to cover it all. And… Continue reading Lists, Bins, Naps, or Jesus
It was just after Thanksgiving, our big adoption had finalized that past year and things were really feeling “settled”. We hadn’t ended our time as foster parents entirely, knowing that we could provide respite to friends of ours and that we would have a quicker connection to any resources we would possibly need in the… Continue reading ‘Twas the season… to meet “Moose”