#GivingTuesday with World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts

Each year around the holidays, my favorite day (before Christmas) is Giving Tuesday. I love that after all the craziness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there are companies who give back. World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts are two that always do this, and last year matched 1 million dollars in product for donations given ....more

We Are Going To…

WALT DISNEY WORLD! Yes! We are and I’m so excited ....more

About the Book

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Little of This & That

We’ve had a few busy weeks around here with new things happening. First of all, Sam went for his TBI evaluation and he does have a TBI. Thankfully, it’s not classified as severe but moderate, and yet still – the first word of that is Traumatic so it’s all a lot ....more

TBI Evaluation

This morning Sam went to the VA clinic for his first Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) evaluation. When he was active duty, but almost at the end of it, his doctors recommended he get checked for this. His war experience and several incidents that happened there all led them to feel like there may be more […] ...more

First Day of First Grade

Today was our first day of school. It started horribly. Everything went wrong as I tried to get things ready ....more

And This 

Tonight we took Bella to her first soccer practice of the season. We’d skipped the last two because I’d just had Char in the fall of ’15 and then earlier this year we had too much going on to add something else. As I watched her practice, I thought about all the times I’d sat […] ...more

Homeschooling {1st Grade}

I’ve gone back and forth on what grade to “officially” have Bella in this year. As homeschoolers, we don’t necessarily need to classify a grade, however with sports and different things we do, it’s beneficial for us to have a guideline. Bella will be 7 in November ....more


Weekends are usually pretty quiet for us. I try to guard our time on these days since our weekdays can get busy with appointments, my school work and deadlines, and next week starts soccer for Bella. These two (although this week it’s three) days are time to be together ....more


I feel like this title ties in with a lot of our life right now, but while we are currently rather broke, it’s actually about the comments on my post yesterday. Hang in there with me, I dislike people who focus on haters and trolls just as much as the next person but I have […] ...more