It’s January. It’s cold. It’s dreary. It’s the dead of winter in Iowa. Perhaps a beach vacation is sounding pretty good right about now … but you have little kids. If the idea of a beach vacation with littles sounds...
The days are getting shorter, the air is colder, and your kids might start to get more restless without the outdoors as a place for them to expound some energy. Whether it’s too cold to go outside, or you’re just...
“Am I doing enough to prepare my child for kindergarten?” “How will I know if my child is socially and emotionally ready for school?” “Should my child wait a year to start kindergarten?” Have you asked yourself these questions? If you’re a parent...
She was a lovely gray, indistinguishable from the many other metal-colored Sienna vans on the road. Her name was Misty Stephenson III, a title decided by our children somewhere in Colorado during a family road trip. She was a member...
Each year our family does acts of kindness in our community. This year I decided to make it more visual as we focus on others during this holiday season. So, I created a Holiday Acts of Kindness Tree. Our...
Adoptions vary widely, ranging from foster care adoptions to private domestic, international, step-parent, and even adult adoptions. This is a general overview of adoption in Iowa. For more specific information on the different types of adoption and the adoption...
On April 9, 2017, our lives were turned upside down. Our daughter, Kai, had just turned two on March 19. For about a week prior to April 9, she was slamming sippy cups of water, soaking through diapers, and...
I’ve volunteered off and on in my life. It is something I have always enjoyed but I haven't kept up on consistently. After I had my first daughter, I kept seeing information on Lasagna Love. It looked like something I...
Ahh, it’s October, leaves are falling and Hocus Pocus is on repeat at our house. It’s safe to say October is one of my favorite seasons! If you celebrate Halloween, you might be preparing for an influx of candy...
The teenage years are ones most would not want to relive. And that is especially true when you battle an undiagnosed mental health disorder. The stresses of schoolwork, extracurriculars, and home life are more challenging when your brain is...

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