We Don't Have An Excuse

I always want to sing The Brady Bunch theme song when I think of my brother’s family: “Here’s the story of a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very handsome sons. All of them had hair of .... “ “Here’s the story of a man named Oscar who was busy with a daughter of his own … “ “Till the one day when the lady met this fellow and they knew that it was much more than a hunch that this group would somehow form a family. That’s the way they all became the …” (You get the idea). But, when you hear “the rest of the story”, Osc and Deb make The Brady Bunch look pretty lame in comparison! My brother was a single dad with full custody of his teen-aged daughter when he met his wife-to-be. She had three sons of her own. They only had a few more years of child-rearing until they were DONE raising kids. It could have been all smooth sailing after that. Instead, they announced that they were adopting. Read more...

Being Brave

This morning, about ten of us will gather at the Starbucks just down the street. I will get my soy chai and I will nervously massage the handle of the mug. Because I’m nervous. We are gathering, this little crew of 10ish folks, to talk about writing. It so happened that Nashville has a lot of people who love to write, whether professionally or not. They like to talk about writing and words and reading and books and it’s pretty much my love language. Read more...

Our Dreams Are Too Small

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At first, I have to admit, adoption felt like a backup plan. We struggled with miscarriage and infertility and 8 years passed. We didn't want to enter into the conversation of adoption witth a heart that this was just simply something we were doing because our 'real' dreams weren't fulfilled - so our family prayed for direction and sought the counsel of friends. We began researching different agencies and continued to pray, God truly changed our hearts until we saw adoption as a natural way for us to have a family. Read more...

Game Day Guac

How ‘bout those Hawks? Friends, I know…humility and all that…but honestly, I make a mean guac. It’s my signature dish, and by “my” I mean “mostly ripped off from Ina Garten.” But seriously. If you want to make an impression at your next football-watching party, try this out. Read more...

Affordable Fall Fun For the Family

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The kids are back in the routine of school, a crispness creeps back into the air, the colors outside start to change to that earthy, warm ambiance I love so much. Oh yeah, did I mention pumpkin lattes, pumpkin breads, hearty soups and comfy sweaters? In addition to all of those things, I love that Fall in the Northwest offers so many great family friendly activities, many of which can be done without much cost. One more thing I love about Fall: it's a great time to reconnect as a family. Summers can often be full of activities that pull a family in different directions and the Winter brings in the busy Christmas season. Fall is that time between school shopping and the holiday sprint, that offers many activities that are slower paced, allowing you to relax and enjoy your family. Things like long drives to look at autumn leaves, apple picking and corn mazes to get lost in together. It's also the perfect time to make a big pot of soup and invite the neighbors over for an affordable and delicious meal! Read more...

Teaching Her Brave

I am so far from being a perfect Mama. I lose my patience. I let my kids watch too much TV, they often could use a good bath and today we ate McDonald's for lunch. But Mamas, instead of just focusing on our weaknesses, I think we need to focus on what we're doing well. I've been working on something with our sweet three year old and I love it too much not to share. Read more...

We Asked Kids "What is Adopted"

Antioch Adoptions asked kids "What is Adopted?" This video has their responses. Partner with Antioch Adoptions this month for their Double Impact month and your donation will be doubled up to $50,000! Read more...

Morning Glory Muffins

Do you have time to make and eat a well-balanced breakfast every morning before rushing off to school drop off and that morning meeting you have to present at? Neither do I! Every time I swing through Starbucks for a warmed up blueberry scone (um, yes they are amazing), I typically wish I had saved the money and calories and just been a bit more prepared. This recipe is easy, yummy and healthy (well at least better than that blueberry scone). Make a batch or two on Sunday and you will have them for the whole family that week. Read more...

Bosom Buddies

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and pink items have begun popping up everywhere. They serve as the perfect reminder to honor the amazing people (men get breast cancer too) in our lives who have battled the disease. Last Saturday three of my survivor friends met me at Big Fish Grill in Woodinville for a luncheon celebrating … THEM! Read more...

Growth Rarely Comes Without Pain

Motherhood is hard, isn’t it? Not only do you expend every last ounce of energy trying to do this job to the very best of your ability, but you’re also trying to navigate the millions of messages flying around about motherhood. You hear motherhood is enough, and then you hear that you should be more than just a mom. You hear motherhood is a high and holy calling, but it’s not who you are. You teach your children that family is the most important thing, but then wonder if you’ve made it an idol. What is the truth? Read more...

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