Rainy Day Play

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

We definitely enjoyed the run of great weather we had to start the month of May around here…did you?  We played outside in our backyard, went to the park multiple times, went to our local children’s museum and had an awesome experience watching the swallows zoom up, over and around the pedestrian bridge nearby as well.  We also had a fun backyard barbecue with our Grandma Great on Mother’s Day where we learned how far each of us could kick my daughter’s new purple ball! In our house, when the weather gets nice we try to spend a lot more time outside enjoying it. Continue reading

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Sibling Love

Is there anything more sweet and heartwarming than a child choosing to show how much they love and care about someone? Isn’t it even more beautiful when the person their showing love to is their sibling? One of the things I enjoy most about my kids is how much they love each other and the compassion they show for one another. Continue reading

Grieving In Front Of Your Kids

The past several years in our home have been filled with so much joy, so many blessings, and so much to be thankful for. And – they have also been years full of grief, pain, loss, and deep sadness. Many times over the past several years we have had to discuss what we should tell our kids about deaths in the family, chronic illnesses, and losses untouchable. Continue reading

Eating Together

This was originally posted by the Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub here.

One thing that I think we have done really well as parents is we have been very intentional about making mealtime family time.  We put away our phones, make sure the TV is off and come sit down together for our meals. Continue reading

More than Just the Blues

It’s taken a while for me to get to the point where I felt comfortable writing this…and really it’s because it’s taken a while for me to get to the point where I felt like I was starting to feel like myself again.  I’ve described my recent time as a “tough season” for my family and me.  This is true, and while there’s been many great things and some very special moments, there have also been some very tough moments and struggles.  This has been especially true for me personally as I feel like in some ways it has been one of the toughest struggles of my life. Continue reading

Sunday Spotlight: Family

As this year comes to a close, I can without hesitation say that I am ready for and looking forward to a new year. During some really difficult and trying times the people below have been incredible and have inspired me to keep pushing, keep fighting and keep loving. I wish you all a happy New Year and pray that you feel love as strong and unwavering as these people give me every day. Continue reading