We just got back from a vacation with our three children. It. Was. Wonderful. Our in-country vacations typically involve a ton of driving, which means I have to plan for entertainment, snacks, and bribes for the car trip. I will also need to grocery shop when we get to our destination, plan meals, keep on… Continue reading How to Do a Vacation so MOM can relax
I love kitchen gadgets. My bursting cabinets and overflowing pantry can prove it. The more I try to eat healthy, the more frustrated I get with how time-consuming food prep really is. Here are some gadgets I've been using consistently for 3 years and help me save time and eat healthy on the go. Egg… Continue reading Kitchen Gadgets under $25 to Help You Stay Fit
How do Build-a-Bear and Open Adoption work together? Glad you asked 😉 We have an open adoption with my son's birthmom, which we cherish. We love her dearly. In the beginning, we wanted to be able to share pictures with her to show how big our son was growing, so I made a trip… Continue reading A Build-A-Bear and Open Adoption
After a great day full of family time and laughs, my son looks at me with sad eyes and says "I miss my birthmom." I've had to come to terms with the fact that no matter how much I love my children, they still lost something that I can't replace. And I worry. Like,… Continue reading Will I Ever Be Enough for My Adopted Child?
Congratulations! You made it through the background checks, essay questions, blood tests, tightrope walking, and shark cages -- you're approved to adopt!! With our agency, as soon as you are approved, you could get a call AT. ANY. MOMENT. And that's exactly what happened. I expected a long wait, but after 18 days of being… Continue reading Top 10 Things to Pack for the Hospital for Adoptive Parents
So you've taken a peek at the fees involved in an adoption and you're freaking out a bit, yes? Take a deep breath. Let it out. And don't give up on that dream. I wholeheartedly believe that God is very intentional about WHO he gives the dream of adoption to. So don't let the fees… Continue reading How to Afford an Adoption (When It looks Impossible) Part 1
When we finalized our first adoption, it was an exciting day. Our agency representative, our lawyer, and our friends and family gathered inside a courtroom. We waited patiently for the judge to enter. Most of us were unfamiliar with courtroom protocol, so we spoke quietly and tried to keep the kids entertained. The judge entered… Continue reading Why Does Adoption Cost So Much?
If you don't already have an Amazon Prime membership, you need one. And NOW is a great time to jump in and swim in all the deals coming up! July 16-17 there will be TONS of deals for AMAZON PRIME DAY! Here's how to save on your membership. But hurry and do it before these… Continue reading Save on your Amazon PRIME Membership
Who else here is a terrible planner? These deals are for those of you who will be running around town July 3rd grabbing outfits for the kids, food for the cookout, fireworks, and killer dessert ingredients. Home Depot has a great deal on Kingsford Charcoal for the seasoned grillmasters in the family: If you're looking… Continue reading Last-Minute 4th of July Deals
If you have boys, then you probably don't have time to read a long story about the time when the smell from my boys' shoes made me want to jump out of a moving car. Here's a few tips for keeping the wretched, road-kill smell at bay. Make a foot spray: (thanks Musthavemom.com) Mix together 1/4… Continue reading DIY Foot Stank Spray