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Blogging is HARD

Blogging is HARD

This post is difficult for me to write, but I feel like it’s something I just need to get out of my system. Blogging is hard. It’s been way harder than I ever thought it would be. A little less than a year ago, I […]

My Love/Hate Relationship With Autumn

My Love/Hate Relationship With Autumn

It’s been eight years. Eight. Most days, I live my life and don’t do much reflecting on that crisp autumn day that changed my life forever. But on days like today, just as crisp, I’m reminded. Isn’t it interesting how certain smells and scenes can […]

The Perks of Having Two Kids

The Perks of Having Two Kids

Having two kids has also been SO incredible. I was absolutely terrified to have more than one, but as soon as Max joined our family, it was like he’d been there all along. Here are some of the biggest perks I’ve found with having two […]

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me

Anyone who reads my blog pretty much knows my life story. But most people who read don’t know much about the “real me.” So here you have it: 10 things you probably didn’t know about me!  I’m awkward. Like. Painfully awkward. In real life, I’m […]

Dear Mama, Enjoy Your Baby

Dear Mama, Enjoy Your Baby

Mama’s of the world: Enjoy your baby. It’s SO cliché, but time goes by way too fast. Ellie was a tough baby. That’s an understatement. By far. I love her to death, but she. was. TOUGH. Having Ellie first was like being baptized by fire […]

My California Dream: How I Met My Husband

My California Dream: How I Met My Husband

Recently the company Statesman Ties reached out to me about their unique ties. Eric chose the California tie right away, and we had our amazing friend Erin from Erin K. Photo take some pictures for us. This weekend he’s out of town camping, which has made […]

I Didn’t Give My Children Up For Adoption

I Didn’t Give My Children Up For Adoption

I had 2 children as a teenager (read my story here). Under the circumstances, adoption was the best choice for them and I’m grateful every day that I made that choice. Some people tell me I’m strong, brave and selfless. Some tell me I’m selfish, […]

My Goofy Boy

My Goofy Boy

I wanted to take pictures with both of my kids in my room so I could show off this AMAZING wall hanging made for me by the very talented Kayli from Arrow to the Heart. Isn’t it beautiful!? I’m SO in love with all the detail […]

The Coolest Camping Accessory

The Coolest Camping Accessory

    My family loves to camp. We love to go to lakes, mountains, deserts, anywhere that we can be outside and unplug. Over the years I’ve found some pretty cool camping tools to make our trips easier, but this year I hit the JACKPOT. […]

What I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Placed My Child For Adoption

What I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Placed My Child For Adoption

An unplanned pregnancy is a shocking, scary, and surreal thing that no one thinks will ever happen to him or her. As a teenager, I placed 2 children with the same family (click here to read my story) and learned a lot about adoption while going through […]