Summer Savings: Parrot Island Water Park

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I’m excited to share this one!! Summer is right around the corner. Who is looking for something fun to do with the family after school is out? Something that WON’T break or bend your family fun or vacation budget? We’re on a tight budget with the adoption so I know…

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Orgain Protein Powder Review

Oh man this is going up later than I meant it too!! Here’s the deal: I got a snazzy little sample packet of this allegedly amazing stuff called Orgain. The opportunity to try (and review!) this and other products came from Influenster this time. The Sprout Voxbox has been one…

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Our First Time with Backyard Chickens

I mentioned in a couple recent posts that we are now the owners of backyard chickens! I want to expound on that and share our first experiences for anyone else out there considering keeping their own mini-flock. We aren’t even 2 months into it ourselves but I have people asking…

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Vegetable Stew: Gardening in My Blood

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I can’t even begin to explain how excited I’ve been to start a real garden and get chickens. It’s like a dream coming true. But really, how many 25 year olds out there are married with three kids (more on the way via adoption), four furry pets, and four chickens…

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Lazy, Rough Weekend

This weekend has been like . . . nope.   The oldest child is losing her first tooth . . . but she’s totally devastated about it. Changes and new things are a little bit more of a challenge for her. And no amount of money or popsicles will change…

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First Year Homeschooling – Almost Over!

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I can’t believe it’s all ready April. We would probably just keep trucking along with our curriculum but aside from the reading/handwriting books we’re through with them! Looking back right now I’m not sure what I was so worried about. This year has been fun and easy. My only student…

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I can’t parent special needs

I loved reading this post on rainbowkids about the possibility of parenting a child with special needs!   If you told me a year ago that we’d be elbow deep in an adoption for a little girl, out of birth order, with special needs I would’ve . . . laughed?…

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Discouragement During Adoption

I knew this would come but I just didn’t know in what form. I didn’t know exactly what the kicks to the head and the doubt would look like but I knew it would happen. Some part of me is saying you have to keep standing back up and pushing…

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Our Egg Your Yard Tips

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All right, I want to share our experience with doing the Egg Your Yard as a fundraiser. I know this won’t be viable again for a whole year but I wanted to write it out while it’s fresh! I don’t even remember where I came across the idea. We’ve done…

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Eggs Then Chickens

We had a busy, crazy, fun Easter weekend. Allergies and icky weather didn’t stop us.  First, we spent all of Saturday evening egging yards!! We drove all over NWA to drop off the candy filled, plastic eggs people ordered from us for our Egg Your Yard fundraiser. It was totally…

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The Unexpected Trimester

If things hadn’t happened the way they happened we wouldn’t be going crazy waiting patiently for the final document for our homestudy paperwork. That first $550 application fee we sent to our agency almost two months ago probably would’ve been headed toward hospital bills or new baby things. Instead of…

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What is a waiting child?

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I must live on another planet. As I’ve shared our story and told people our plans to adopt I have used the term “waiting child” over and over. I guess it’s not as understood or commonplace as my imagination had me thinking. For so long, we’ve known adoptees and adoptive…

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What I Think of Our First Year Homeschooling

Here’s what I think of our first year homeschooling in a nutshell . . .   We started kindergarten back in September with our oldest. I had LOTS of big plans. Lots of good ideas, a schedule, and hand-picked curricula. We started out the year strong and consistent. The first…

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Get Your Shirt!!

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Some may all ready know but for everyone who doesn’t we are hosting a t-shirt fundraiser event on Facebook!! We have a whole lot of different shirts available. There’s even one just for geeks (inspired by my husband). You can click through the links and see a variety of the…

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February Flying By

We have been knee deep in random sickness, homeschooling, and beginning our home study. My head has been spinning. I got myself a planner. Things are really real now. haha I think the kids and I have been sick off and on the entire last few weeks. First it was…

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The Beginning of the Wait

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I wrote this and I wasn’t sure I’d share it but here it goes anyway. It feels like my entire world is revolving around this adoption. At the same time our normal, busy, average daily stuff is moving right along as always.  I teach the five year old (and four…

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We’re Moving Forward

Thank you to everyone that has been praying for us and supporting us these last few weeks as we’ve completely gone crazy…    I have to share this here where everyone can see. This adoption has been a massive step out of our comfort zone. Just making the inquiry was…

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