Adoption is a wonderful thing, but carries the weight of grief and trauma as well. November is National Adoption Month, and I’ve been reflecting a lot on what it means to be an adoptive parent pursuing adoption ethically.  My husband...
Finding a good series to get into is sometimes a good escape. Especially in 2020- right?! My husband and I don’t mind spending a few hours each week finding something new to watch after our kiddos are in bed....
My husband and I were married in the summer of 2016. That Fall, we experienced our first presidential election as a married couple. If you recall, it was a big one. Despite still being in what some may call the...
We are thrilled to partner with the Jester Park Nature Center to bring you this monthly event guide.  Get a head start on holiday shopping, at the Virtual Makers Market. This event is typically held at the Jester Park Nature Center...
When my husband and I first talked about adopting in 2014, the financial obligation made us stop in our tracks.  We literally shelved the idea for another 4 years before reconvening and saying yes. With the average international adoption...
In March of 2019, I walked away from all social media. No more Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. The reasons were varied and I wrote about them HERE, but essentially, I decided to invest in my real, actual relationships. I...
I cannot imagine living through my divorce without my tribe of girlfriends walking beside me. Nothing can prepare you for the hurt and devastation of going through a divorce. People who say they had an amicable divorce are lying in...
I’ve always been a big football fan. I was a statistician for my high school team. My dad played college football and spent nearly 35 years as a football referee. I know the game and I love the game....

Honoring Grandparents

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Grandparent’s Day is Sunday, Sept. 13, and this year we may be honoring them differently. Some of you may be sending them extra love because you and your children haven’t seen as much of them due to social distancing. Some...
Schedules. School. Illness. Siblings. Worry. Unknowns. These are all things that have been talked about throughout the past five months in my home. How do you stepmom through a pandemic? There isn't a manual that tells us how to...

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Life With Braces

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You walk out of the orthodontist’s office excited. Braces are on! You did it. Now what? Coming home after getting your braces on can...