This sweet girl just brings so much joy to our home! (Go here and swipe to see an adorable video of her!)

We went to an amazing dinner for foster parents last week. Thank you to Church of the City for the way that they support foster parents in such tangible ways!

Silas won the Math Achievement award for having the highest math grade all year in his class. He loves math so much and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for his future using the ways that he is wired!

I was very impressed overall with the Impress press-on nails (they lasted 10 days!!) Full review coming soon!

Having older sisters means you are always getting your hair fixed in different styles!

It was an honor to get to be interviewed on The Doctors TV show recently about my new book, Love-Centered Parenting. You can watch the first part of the interview here and the second part of the interview here. (Psst! It’s probably not the kind of interview you were expecting if you’re not familiar with my book!)

This is what my life looks like a lot of times right now… and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. (Even though I occasionally do remember back fondly to when I got to sleep more than 3-4 hours at a time!)

I got to meet a few different new friends at new-to-me coffee shops in the past two weeks. Even though I don’t drink regular coffee anymore, I love visiting new coffee shops!

Fresh out of the bath!

It’s so fun to watch these two interact together!

We spent lots and lots of time at the baseball field the past two weeks because it was the end of the season tournament — and Silas’ team went all the way to the Championship game!

I bought some marked down unbaked cinnamon rolls and Silas had a great time making them.

He even made extra glaze for them.

Kierstyn approved of them!

Strategizing for the tournament games.

One-on-one dates with your kids: it’s often work to make them happen, but it’s so worth it!

Kaitlynn and I went to Holiday World (in Santa Claus, IN) last week with her friend and her friend’s mom. Yes, it took a bit of a juggling act to work it out so I could be gone —especially with two little ones, one who is nursing. But when Kaitlynn presented me with the idea, I put on my thinking cap and tried to figure out how to make it work. (My mantra as a mom: “Say yes as often as you possibly can!”) And, with Jesse’s help and some creativity, we figured out how to make Kaitlynn’s idea a reality!

It was such a special day and it was worth every bit of the Jenga-like-finagling required to make it happen. We rode roller coasters and screamed at the top of our lungs, we ate junk food, we challenged each other to go on rides that scared us, we laughed so hard, and we made memories I will cherish for years to come.

One-on-one dates with your kids don’t have to be an all-day trip to an amusement park. It could be a surprise trip to Sonic, or saying yes to baking cookies, or biking to the ice cream shop, or having a water balloon fight, or watching a show together, or playing a game, or having them teach you how to do something they love to do, or just sitting in their room on the floor and listening to their favorite music. Look for opportunities to say yes, to step into their world, to care about what they care about, to be interested in what they are interested in, to say “I love you” through actions and sacrifices and showing up for them. It’s always worth the effort

I love rollercoasters, so I was excited to get to go on rollercoasters again after quite a long break due to pregnancy and then Covid.

I couldn’t believe that Holiday World just had all of these drink kiosks all over the park — and it was all free with free unlimited refills!

Kaitlynn and I enjoyed this ride — though it took me about 3 seconds of holding my breath at the beginning to decide that I did, indeed, like it.

They also had free parking, free sunscreen, and free hand sanitizer (in addition to the free drinks!) at Holiday World (and tickets were only $30 per person for the whole day — and that included both the amusement park and the water park!

We finally figured out a way to fix her hair that looks cute, that she’ll not pull out, and that stays all day! It might look like a waterspout, but hey, it works!

Did I mention we spent a lot of time at the baseball fields the last two weeks?? 🙂

And finally, we are so proud of this boy… he has been learning so much recently and has started reaching for and interacting with toys!! This is a big deal and we are so excited for all the progress he is making.



Originally posted on moneysavingmom.com