A Tribute to my Mother-in-law

One of the ways we are preparing for our baby?s adoption is by getting a bigger car. Our (awesome, well-loved, cool-color) Saturn Vue was no longer an option for us as we prepare to put a third car seat in our vehicle. So we put our car up for sale and began to look for a minivan (yay!), and to our surprise, the selling of our car and the purchase of our van went way faster than we expected! All was said and done within a week, which was amazing and a blessing! But what caught me by surprise [ READ MORE... ]

Let the (adoption!) process begin!

Handful of Love by Nisha A. on Flickr

Handful of Love by Nisha A. on Flickr

So it?s begun. We?ve decided we?re ready for baby #3, and we couldn?t be more excited! And part of what makes us so excited is that we are going to adopt this time around! This is something we talked about before we got married, but got caught up with the craziness of life (moving back to the U.S., John getting a new job, buying a house, having a couple kids in the process, etc) that adoption was put on the back burner. It wasn?t until we became friends with a family [ READ MORE... ]

The God of the Messy

The past two weeks we were blessed to have two of our former high school students stay with us. It was extra special because these two were from the other side of the world ? South Korea. It?s crazy to think that I taught them in 10th and 11th grade, and now they are 23 and 24 years old! It was such an enjoyment to have people to talk to, to spend the day with, and to do life together. Being an extrovert, there are days I ?lose it? just from the [ READ MORE... ]

Fabulous Dinner & Dessert

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This week I have been on a kick of making new (to me) meals. My favorite meal so far has been the Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf (yum!) and my favorite dessert – the Double Chocolate Crispy Frozen Dessert Bars (drool-worthy).

I?ve never before attempted a meat-less meatloaf before, so I was happily surprised to find this ?meatloaf? so good! I love how it is packed with nutrients, but my honest-to-goodness favorite part is the glaze. Next time I think [ READ MORE... ]

A pick-me-up meal :)

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The past several weeks have been rough, so why not try to do a little pick-me-up with a bright and springy dish?

Not sure it will actually do much for my heart but it sure smells and looks good. 🙂

I?ve had the ingredients for this dish (Springtime Strawberry Lime Mango Crisp) for well over a week now but have been postponing making it because (a) it?s [ READ MORE... ]

A Shattered Heart Begs for Forgiveness

Tonight* I am so angry. So, so angry.
My heart is filled with such heavy sorrow. Oh my heart.

My body is physically ill, to the point where I feel like I’m gagging on my heart between my sobs. I feel so sick.

Tonight I watched the movie Philomena. The past few weeks I?ve been wanting to check out our local dollar theater, and I saw this movie listed on their building. I looked it up and the description intrigued me. But as the story goes, parents with young kids hardly, [ READ MORE... ]

Mom’s Night Out

Last night my mom and I went to see Mom?s Night Out, and to my surprise, it was so good.
I was expecting it to be a pretty cheesy film, and so I was happily surprised to find myself laughing right out loud and clapping as I couldn?t contain the hilarity at certain points!
I was also just as surprised, if not even more so, to find myself crying at a couple different points in the movie. It?s true I?m easily moved to tears but tonight?s [ READ MORE... ]

Thankful For My Mom


A few weeks ago I did a post on (one of) my (many) hectic Friday morning(s). So this post is on the one perk of that Friday morning (besides my windows getting cleaned for the first time:).

One perk to Friday morning?s craziness was the opportunity to spend the day with my mom.
I am so, so grateful for my mom, for all that she is, and all that she does to support me. My mom is so encouraging and has always believed in me, even when I didn?t. We?re at this stage in life [ READ MORE... ]

For the weary and broken


I had written this for someone in particular, but felt that there are lots of us who could use these words. Read on sweet, broken Warrior.


Dear Sister who is in anguish,

I know you have a tough decision ahead of you to make. I know your heart, mind and soul must be in absolute turmoil. At times you must feel overwhelmed by everyone’s opinions and yet at the same time feel so very alone.

I wish, I so wish I could ease [ READ MORE... ]

Hot Mess Mama

Baby Mama by Theen ...
Baby Mama, a photo by Theen … on Flickr.

So Friday morning was one of those mornings.
The one where you just hop out of the shower only to see that your husband is calling. With your hair sopping wet and a towel haphazardly thrown about you, you rush to pick up the phone to hear your husband tell you that 3 men are on their way to the house to clean the windows. “You mean, they’re literally on their way, right this minute?” “Um, yeah. Sorry if I didn’t tell you that earlier.”

With that, I quickly hung [ READ MORE... ]