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This weekend, we bought a fifth wheel trailer.  And we’re going to live in it. Me, my husband, our three kids (4, 3, & 1) and our dog. We didn’t make this decision lightly. We have weighed the pros and cons of doing this, prayed about it, and took a leap of faith. We feel really strongly that this is the direction we need to go in life.  There are a few reasons why we decided to do this.  1. Finances. My husband will be going back to school, and we want to be able to keep costs down. Living in a fifth wheel,...

Holy inconsistent blogging, Batman!  Blogging has been something that I have really wanted to do, but it seems there isn’t ever enough hours in the day! I am going to try and update/post something fun twice a week here on out. Wish me luck!  I just wanted to let you all in on our next big adventure! No pictures yet, but I’m SO excited about it.  My husband and I have decided together that it’s time for him to go back to school! So, that means we’ll be moving a few states over for him to go back to...

I was driving down to meet my husband to do some shopping after he got off work the other day, and I was listening to Make It Happen by Lara Casey and I had some thoughts. We aren’t in this life to be perfect. Social media and Pinterest and TV and all that crap make it seem like there is this impossible standard that we need to hold ourselves up to, but that’s not the way to happiness. Chasing perfect will never ever make us happy. I’m way happier now than I have been in a long time and I can tell you that my house...

You know how bedtime is torture with toddlers? The screaming, the excuses, the whining ahhhhh I get anxious just thinking about it. Okay, maybe it’s not like that at your house. But let’s pretend like it is.  My daughter routinely fell asleep in places other than her bed after a long fight with me and herself before she finally fell asleep. Exhibit A. Let’s pretend like even when you do the vitamins-brush teeth-pajamas-stories-kisses-prayers-tuck you in routine, it is still torture. You’ve bought night lights,...

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know it’s changed dramatically over the last 2.5 years. I didn’t really have a plan for what this blog was going to be, honestly because I didn’t have a plan for what I was going to be.  I started this blog as a way to document some family recipes. My goal was 100. I honestly don’t know if I’ve reached that goal or not. Not long into it, I realized that this blog could be an awesome way to connect with other moms in my same walk of life,...

I have a LOT of goals in my life right now. I’m SUPER good at making goals, and even writing them down. Where I lack is the follow through!  It’s easy to dream about all the amazing things you want to get done. It’s quite another thing to actually have the discipline to DO them.  I sat down a little while ago and came up with five ways that I could become more consistent with my own goals, and I figured that I’m not the only one with this problem, right?? Please tell me I’m not the only one!  Anyway,...

So this one time, I decided to be crazy BRAVE, and fly with my three kids, aged 3, 2, and 11 months, by myself to visit my family. I live a 15 hours car drive away from them, so driving was out of the question. My husband doesn’t get much time off from work, so if I want to see them, I gotta go on my own. So, flying is the best option.  We live about 3 hours from the airport, it’s a two and a half hour flight, and the another 3 hour drive to my parents. I knew it was going to be a LONG trip, but we decided to...

I’ve heard that phrase a lot – you reap what you sow. I always assumed it meant “you get what’s coming to you,” as in, you get what you deserve. I never really thought about a deeper meaning than that until I read the last chapter in John C. Maxwell’s book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.  The last chapter is about The Law of Contribution. It talks about the fact that in order to grow, you must give. Maxwell quotes Andrew Carnegie’s “Gospel of Wealth” and says something about...

I recently went on a 1800+ road trip with my kids. My THREE kids. My three kids that are three and under. BY MYSELF. Yes, I’m giving myself a HUGE pat on the back for this. I mean… serious Super Woman status here guys.  But seriously.  I thought I would write down a few things I learned during that trip to help anyone else who might be thinking about doing the same thing.  1. Bring TVs. But keep them hidden. If you can help it, hide your TVs for the first few hours. They are the “pinnacle” of entertainment...

My husband and I were married in 2009. During that first year, we both worked part time. In 2010, we decided to go to school full time, and squeeze work in when we could. That meant about 10 hours a week for my husband and 25 or so for me. After a few months, due to some personal issues, I had to quit my job. My husband’s income was all we had. When it came time to do our taxes that year we found out that we had only made $11,000 combined! Granted, it was just the two of us that year (I was pregnant with our first), but looking back...

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