Category Archives: Life

Why I Don’t Shoot Big Weddings (Anymore)

Disclaimer: This is NOT family friendly. And it may be triggering for those who’ve been violated. This is not my usual content. Initially, I tried to “soften” it more than I already have, but I felt it didn’t do justice to the reality of the situation. So I chose honesty in the sharing of my…

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Another Year with You!

As I sit here writing this, I’m eagerly looking forward to when you get back home and I get to throw my arms around you. Sunday will be the fourteenth birthday I’ve had the joy of celebrating with you. I sit here and I think of how blessed I am that I get to be…

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Things to Know About Pursuing Domestic Infant Adoption

Okay so the first thing to note is that my knowledge is limited to my own experience and information I’ve gathered from friends and doing my own research. Adoption is a complicated process and there are many different approaches to it. So while my hope is to help share some knowledge and shine some light…

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Saying Farewell to 2018 & Embracing 2019

Every year for the past several years I’ve done a new year post that looks at the previous year and the upcoming year. Personally I have found this to be an excellent exercise as it serves as a reminder of all the good we’ve experienced and how much I’ve grown. No matter how hard a…

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Holiday Self-Care for the Family in Waiting

Over the years I’ve written a number of posts about how painful the holidays can be for those who want nothing more than to be parents. This time of year is really just a slew of reminders about that one overwhelming thing that you feel is missing from your life. Afterall the biggest focus of…

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The BIG Move!

Well I know I fell off the Earth there for a while, but man! Life got overwhelming and the only way I knew how to even try to stay on top of everything was to focus only on the necessities, which meant packing, mom-ing, school, and editing/designing. But honestly the majority of my focus was…

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Things to Know about International Adoption

Okay – so to start – I do not have first hand experience with international adoption, which means my knowledge is limited to what I learn from others. It’s also important to note that international adoption laws and process changes frequently so all information in this post is current as of October 2018. After my…

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BIG Changes

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll recall that back in August (the day before my birthday in fact) we put our home on the market. That decision was filled with bittersweet emotions – we built this house and brought our daughter home here and so many of her firsts happened here. There…

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Marlee’s 18 Months Old

It’s hard to believe but this little lady of ours is officially a year and a half old! the time is seriously zipping by so fast and I’m constantly in awe of how big she’s getting. I’d say almost daily I say aloud “when did you get so darn big!?” With all of that growing…

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Seven Years Past the Fire

Wednesday (October 10) marks the seven year anniversary of the day we lost everything in a house fire. It’s interesting because although that was a very real and life-altering experience – the benefits of it have far outweighed the heartaches of it. Sometimes I think that’s a gift of sorts… to be able to step…

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