It’s January in Minnesota, which means, like most years, we haven’t seen temps above 0*F for a few weeks now, and the wind threatens to freeze our faces off if we do dare walk outside. The kids are antsy from being cooped up inside, and we’ve all had our round with some sort of illness,… Read More 9 Awesome Ideas to Survive the Winter Blues
“I hate myself. I am just an idiot and dumb. I wish I didn’t have ADHD.” “I wish I wasn’t different.” These heartbreaking words were sadly mumbled by our 8 year old this past week. This wasn’t expressed out of anger because he was being corrected, he was saying this with a sad, down-turned face,… Read More ADHD Isn’t A Disability, It’s A Super Ability.
I’m not sure I’ve ever kept a New Years Resolution… or even made one. A ‘Resolution’ is defined by Google.com as 1. a firm decision to do or not to do something. or 2. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter. Making a New Years Resolution seems to be a common thing,… Read More Make Bucket Lists Instead of New Years Resolutions
This summer we experienced our first and our second ER visits for the kids. Unfortunately, it was the same kid who experienced both accidents! Our oldest crashed his dirt bike in May and required stitches under his chin by his neck. Then in August he was running in our yard with friends during a BBQ… Read More How We Saved On Health Insurance With Healthcare Sharing, A Side by Side Comparison
He was running, he fell, and he broke both bones in his arm. That’s it. I always thought it would be more traumatic than that… He’s a busy and adventurous kid who likes challenges and speed and heights. I always thought his first break would be from falling out of a tree, or crashing his… Read More How K Broke Both Bones In His Arm and Why It’s Taking So Long To Heal
A giving heart must also learn to be a forgiving heart. God’s blessed me with a giving heart. One of the things that I love most is giving to others, and watching my children embrace their giving hearts as well. Whether it is giving excess of what we have, giving of ourselves with our time… Read More Teaching A Giving Heart to Forgive
I came to the conclusion years ago that one of the worst times of my parenting day is bedtime. I’ll just come right out and say it, bedtime with several young children stinks. A few years ago when my now 5-year-old was sleeping only 2-3 hrs per night and no longer napping during the day, … Read More Parenting confession, bedtime stinks.
I’m about half way through my 30’s, and while I enjoyed all the excitement that life had to bring in my 20’s, I am truly enjoying my 30’s far more than I ever imagined. Here are some of the reasons why, and what I’d say to a younger me if I had the chance! Life… Read More 5 Things That Are Making My 30’s Better Than My 20’s
Have you ever cried over the mere thought of having to make a meal for your family? I have. Getting handed 5 pages with dietary restrictions of what your newly diagnosed son can and cannot eat will do that to a mom. When K was first diagnosed as being dairy intolerant, that meant a new… Read More Overwhelmed by Dietary Restrictions? You Aren’t Alone.
There I was, standing alone in the police evidence room, among all the evidence from the worst crimes imaginable, praying, asking God to please give me a sign, because He knows I am that stubborn, that I needed an actual sign on top of all that we were experiencing, and all that already showed me… Read More 7 Areas of Life to Balance and Grow so You Can Live the Life Of Your Dreams, the Oola Life.