When People Pray

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There is so much on my heart that I want to share. Problem is, I don't know exactly where to begin. First let me say that Josh and I felt (with abundance) the prayers that were directed our way during our time in Anchorage. I have been steady in my faith for a long, long time. I received God's gift of salvation when I was a child and have only grown through life's circumstances through the years. But never have I been able to see his hand at work-guarding us, protecting us, keeping us in his arms-like I did while we were in Anchorage. There are so many little things that just...happened at the right time, in the right way and in our favor. So many things that weren't just … [Read more...]

Getting Rid of the Clutter: From Materialism to Simplicity

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First, I want to say thanks for all of the AMAZING feedback I received on my post this week about creating habits of materialism in our children. Ironically, the post received zero comments but the feedback I go through Facebook, email, and from in person comments by my readers was so encouraging. If I'm being honest, that post was one that I was actually terrified to post. It was a tangled web of emotions that left me wondering if people would be encouraged (as so many of you seem to have been!) or leave people thinking less of me and my husband for giving into those temptations of "stuff." Then I realized that there are very, very few people that I know who don't fall trap to things at … [Read more...]

Where We Messed Up: Battling Materialism in your Children

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Admitting that somewhere along the line you have messed up is hard. Admitting that we've said something hurtful, done something hurtful, or just intentionally done something to someone for reasons unknown...is hard. Accepting the mistakes. Admitting your flaws. Asking forgiveness....is hard. But, I don't know that there is anything quite as eye opening and as difficult to acknowledge as the moment when you realize that you have let down your children might be the toughest pill to swallow. Don't get me wrong. I knew before Noah was born that I would never be the perfect parent. And I fashioned myself before I ever gave birth to never say never where he or any other children we … [Read more...]

More than “Good Enough”

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First I want to say thank you to all of you who have commented, messaged me, emailed me or just offered up a prayer for me. As of right now we are still waiting on THE final test result as far as whether or not this diagnoses is multiple sclerosis. They did an EEG, several blood panels and a spinal tap while at the neurologists office and so far (with the exception of a few blood panels) everything came back normal. We're still in limbo right now while we wait for the MS panel from the spinal tap to come back. I promise I will update everyone here and on Facebook as soon as we know something. I'm always amazed by God's movement in my life. I'm always in awe when I can feel his presence … [Read more...]

That Post I’ve Been Promising…

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A little over a week ago I put out a plea on Facebook. A plea for prayer. Many of you who follow me on my personal Facebook page know that for the last eight months or so I've been battling long term bouts of vertigo and extreme dizziness and nausea. Dizziness to a point of making several trips to my doctor that eventually led her to put in orders for me to have an MRI. I had my MRI and the results came back with some not so wonderful news...news that could turn our entire lives upside down. Now, before anyone jumps to assumptions, let me say that as of right now they have no reason to think that I have brain cancer or any kind of brain tumor. They didn't find that on my scan. My … [Read more...]

2013 in Review

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Okay. So I'm a little behind on my posting (say 6+ months behind). And I've been completely MIA for a while. But for some reason, fitting blogging into my schedule isn't as easy now that I have two kiddos, a husband, a business to run, and I've decided to go back to school part time. My goal for this new year is to make time once or twice a week to post. I know that I will regret not posting as much for 2013 as I have in previous years since I use this blog as a yearbook/baby book of sorts. Now that 2013 has to a close and 2014 is well underway (is it the 15th already?!), I thought I should do a little recap of what happened around here in 2013. And since "around here" has been pretty … [Read more...]

Halloween 2013

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Halloween came and went this year in a big blur. This was the first year we had the little bitty with us to Trick or Treat and the first year that Noah was genuinely aware that Halloween meant free candy. The weather held off and remained relatively enjoyable for us to go out and enjoy some time with our friends. Here's a little recap... … [Read more...]

Even in Chaos, I am Blessed.

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Yesterday was one of "those" days. You know which ones I'm talking about. I don't know if it's something with the moon (ever notice how the moon gets the blame when our kids are driving us nuts?) or what. But it wasn't a good day. There were spankings. Time outs. Whining. Fussing. Crying. Clingy-ness. Spilled drinks. Lots of crumbs. Tantrums. Meltdowns. Squished chocolate poptart in my couch. Lots of boogers and tissue (since everyone in our house has a cold). There was mean mommy and yelling. There was name calling (Noah did, in fact, call me a booger head when I put him in time out the second time today). By the time bedtime rolled around, I was itching to get the kids to sleep. I … [Read more...]

Big Kid Problems

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I've started to notice that my biggest baby, really isn't a baby anymore. He doesn't look like a baby. He doesn't talk like a baby. He doesn't play like a baby. We've bypassed and moved beyond the terms of "toddler" and "preschooler." Noah's just a kid. A full-fledged little boy with barrels of energy and unending excitement about everything about him. He's jump off of furniture, run through the house, knock down blocks and shoot Nerf darts through the house. He's broken picture frames from a misfired football/baseball/basketball. He's the unending plea to "Slow down!" when he's sprinting down the hallway. It's been a bit of a drastic realization for me. I never realizes … [Read more...]

Jonah: 7-8 months

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I have sucked it up with keeping things around here updated on Jonah's month to month progression. Between our vacation and work and life in general, blogging just slips my mind. The only quiet time I have is late in the evenings and usually I'm too tired to sit down and fool with writing a post. The last update I did on Jonah was at five months. This little guy has grown SO much since then. He had his six month well child checkup at about 6 1/2 months since we were on vacation when he actually hit his six month mark. He weighed 19.1 lbs and was 27 1/2 inches tall (75th percentile on height and weight) and had a head circumference of 18". He can say mama, dada and even bubba … [Read more...]