A Hard Decision

Last week we got an email from our adoption agency in Minnesota telling us that ICAB (the Philippines government officials) were COMING for a visit on October 17th…yes, TODAY. To be completely honest with you, I was so excited because we have been waiting for them to visit our agency for months. They were supposed to come in August, but it got postponed ....more

How To Talk To Your Kids About Adoption

It’s been one of those questions that I get asked over and over again. “What do your kids think about you adopting a baby?” Most of the time I respond with the usual answer, “Our 7 year old is old enough to understand and be excited, but the 4 and 3 year old are too little to know what it means.” But what I started to realize is that I never tried to explain it to them on a toddler level. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I really didn’t know how to ....more

The Importance of Slowing Down So You Don’t Miss This Moment

From the moment I jump out of bed I immediately start processing all of the things that I have to get done for the day. It’s like my brain is a human list of to-do tasks. Most of which I’d rather stab myself in the eye than complete ....more

Happy Mommy Shop Launch & Giveaway!

I’m so excited to announce that our Happy Mommy Shop is OPEN!! Yes, like RIGHT NOW y’all. Ahhhhhh! ...more

Gone Fishing

Ok, friends…it’s going on 2 years now since I really went all out on a birthday party for my kids. Mainly because when you have three boys…that equals three parties every year that all have to be some sort of boy theme. And you know what? ...more

5 Things I Did That Transformed My Child’s Behavior

Every morning for four straight weeks I woke up on edge. {Perhaps you read about it here.} It was the kind of edge that meant you got up quietly, tip toed out of your bedroom, peeked into your youngest child’s bedroom, and prayed that when you said “wake up sunshine” you would get a smile and not a death look. For four straight weeks I didn’t get that smile I prayed for ....more

The Light Will Shine

You’d never know from the looks of theses sweet faces that we’ve been having such a hard few weeks. And when I say hard, I mean some of the most difficult moments I’ve ever experienced as a parent. EVER ....more

I Have A Sister

There’s a lot of things in this life that I take serious. Being a mother. Being a wife....more

Flower Picking Summer Days – Can You Last For Eternity?

I’m gonna wake up every day for the next 9 months an entire hour and half earlier than I am used to, rush around to get the kids UP, out of bed, dressed and fed. Fed will look like uncooked Pop-Tarts or a bag of fishy’s as we walk run out of the house to hit school drop off line before the first bell rings. It seems like all summer I look forward to the school year starting ....more

Creating Art For Your Walls: Stencil Letters Onto An Old Canvas

Alright, y’all. Who’s ready for another idea on what to do with old canvas prints you are no longer using? *Raises Hand* My youngest son’s closet is literally full of old canvas prints ....more