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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 […]

From a Birthmother: What Open Adoption Means To Me

From a Birthmother: What Open Adoption Means To Me

Growing up, when I heard about a baby being placed for adoption, I automatically pictured that baby’s birthmother as a drug addicted teen who didn’t want anything to do with them. I viewed adoption as a cop out, or a way to shirk your responsibilities. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top Three Reasons to Raise Kids in Utah

Top Three Reasons to Raise Kids in Utah

I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Utah. I’ve since had the opportunity to live all over the country in amazing communities, but there’s just something about Utah that can’t be beat. Here are my top three reasons why Utah is an awesome […]

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, […]

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. […]

Dancing In The Kitchen ft. Sweet Peas Stamping

Dancing In The Kitchen ft. Sweet Peas Stamping

March 16, 2013. I was married to my sweetheart for time and all eternity on that special day and 4 years, 3 months, 2 kids, 3 states, 6 moves, and whole lot kitchen dances, tickle fights, love and laughter later, it’s still the best day […]

Life is Tough, But So Are You

Life is Tough, But So Are You

  “Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” ― Barry Finlay People are amazing. They are capable of more than they could ever imagine. I hear all the time: “I could never do that” or “I’m not strong enough.” I’m here to […]