Tuesday, November 26, 2013


The kids are sleeping in this morning. It's going to be a great day!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Today I'm grateful my husband is employed, working a job he enjoys.  

Sunday, November 17, 2013

60 minutes

I came across this a few weeks ago. It was posted by a friend of a friend on Facebook. 

2013 has not been the brightest of years. In fact Fall of 2013 has been doozie. The good news is that as quickly as our family challenges blew in, they are blowing out. The clouds have parted. The sun is shining again. 

And I'm grateful the darkest hour truly is only 60 minutes. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Kitchen

Last night I had the opportunity to host a pizza/video game party for my 9 year old son and some of his friends. It was loud. It was silly. No blood or broken bones resulted from the evening. Overall, it was a success. 

My favorite part came an hour before when I was running around the kitchen like a crazy woman and my oldest daughter was helping me. We had a moment carved out of the craziness to talk, laugh, and get a little teary. Life is good. I love that girl and the amazing young woman that she is. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Open Adoption

Yesterday our family increased by one. But, also opened the door to loving a new family. Little Man A is now officially apart of our forever family. His two sweet aunties are too. 

Trying to write the feelings of my heart is difficult for me. This experience has been complex and filled with emotions I didn't even know existed. Someday I may be able to sort it out and write it down. But for now, it's coming out a piece at a time. 

I had never witnessed true selflessness until mediation day. I watched someone who truly loved Little A give him the very best option to keep him safe. She didn't really know the type of family she was giving him too. She didn't know if they would shut the door on her as soon as the adoption was finalized. But, she took the leap of faith. 

And I am so, so grateful to have the honor of knowing her and raising her amazing nephew. Thank you Alicia.