Category Archives: Parenting

Why Do We Pray for People Who Don’t Deserve Our Prayers?

By | Everyday Life, Parenting | 26 Comments

I decided not to publish my scheduled post today, but instead talk to you about something heavy on my heart. The past 48 hours our community has been grieving the loss of beautiful 10 year old Hailey Owens who was abducted walking to a friend’s house. Every time the Amber alert went off it pierced our hearts and we prayed she would be found… alive and unharmed. There are no words to express our heartache for the Owens family. Anyone and everyone needs salvation.

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How to Do It Solo (And Not Lose Your Mind)

By | Everyday Life, Parenting | 9 Comments

For the past 10 days, R has been on an extended business trip. Basically, he stuck two trips together with visiting our son at college in the middle. He’s done a great job calling every day, sending foodie photos of the delicious meals he’s consuming at a variety of amazing restaurants, filling me in on work stuff (making sure I know he’s working hard), late night FaceTime dates just so I can see his handsome face, and lots of “hang in there” love texts. But, I’m not very good at doing it solo.

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Born From The Heart- adoption book

Born From the Heart {Book Giveaway}

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*Congratulations to Born From the Heart random winners, Erin Smalley and Jennie Salazar! I LOVE giveaways and since it’s a very special love day today, I’m throwing a 1 day giveaway for Valentine’s Day! There’s nothing I love more than books! I love books I can cuddle up and read with my children. A few weeks ago, I received a book to review and fell in love with the warm, quirky love letter for the adopted child. I’m giving away a new hardcover copy of this beautiful book- leave a comment to enter to WIN!

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

By | Everyday Life, Parenting | 8 Comments

I love the month of February. You can almost feel the love floating around. It’s everywhere we look .. you can find it at Target, grocery stores, projects our kids bring home, commercials, and most of all Hallmark Valentine’s cards. We plan special date nights with our significant others and hope we can schedule a babysitter to make the night extra romantic. I’m also helping bring awareness to a beautiful love story @mercyhousekenya.

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Helping our kids (teens, too) be happy, healthy and motivated

By | Everyday Life, Parenting | 31 Comments

I have been deeply submerged in public education for over 25 years. I was an elementary school teacher for second and fifth graders in the inner-city of Phoenix, Arizona. This year, I have celebrated our son, Michael heading off to college, cheered on our daughter, Hannah in a brand new high school, and watched our daughter, Zoie fall in love with school as a brand new Kindergartener … but for the first time, I have been faced with the real-life challenge of doing exactly what I said I would do, be open to change.

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My Crazy Adoption blog

Moving, Ice Storms, and A Happy New Year Word

By | Everyday Life, Parenting | 6 Comments

Our family has been living out-loud our new year adventures starting off with big amounts of craziness. There is nothing fun about moving (in my opinion) but moving into a new home in a snow and ice storm has made the past month crazy! Join me for a NEW year of blogging and celebrating life together focusing on real-life issues with building a healthy marriage, growing happy and healthy children, cooking healthy (gluten free), letting go of expectations and experiencing real joy, as well as finding new projects together that are making a big difference in our world …

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