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Faith through Fire

What’s in a name? A lot, in my opinion. But evidently not my own plans.  At 17ish week pregnant, unbeknownst to me, our rainbow baby’s heart stopped beating and I birthed her a couple weeks later when we got the devastating news at a routine doctor appointment. Initially, we thought she was a boy. No one was 100% certain (it’s hard to tell when they’re so tiny), but we still went with it and named him (her) Henderson Bryan, after my mom’s maiden name and my husband’s middle name. And I thought the name was absolutely perfect. Until a week and a half later when genetics came back and we found out our child was a healthy, genetically perfect little...

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Unboxed Feelings: Our Story of Pregnancy Loss and Trusting God in Waiting

This is a post that I wasn’t sure I would be able to actually publish. In fact, it’s one I tried to talk myself out of writing for a multitude of reasons. I’ll be honest with you, I’d rather share a thousand videos of my kids being silly than to share much of anything overly personal about myself. I don’t want extra attention (or heaven forbid, to seem needy or attention seeking!) and I certainly don’t like to be vulnerable. Especially to people I don’t know. Which includes a lot of you. But today I’m pushing past all my internal flashing yellow caution lights (okay, actually big red flashing STOP lights!) and sharing our journey because there are some stories...

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The 10 Items You Need for a Perfectly Packed Hospital Bag for Baby!

The Perfect Hospital Bag for Baby I can't say that I'm an expert at bringing home baby, by any means. But since we have been around the block a couple times, and I have definitely packed a NOT-so-perfect hospital bag before, I feel like I have some insight that may help new moms pack the most practical bag for their baby!  So before I start, let me just admit that I am an OVER PACKER. Like, make-my-husband-frustrated-because-I-bring-way-too-much-for-every-situation-and-options-to-choose-from-depending-on-my-mood kind of packer. So when we had our first, Elsa, my hospital bag reflected that. And it was ridiculous. But to be fair, Marcus' was equally ridiculous because I'm fairly certain he under-packed and wore the same underwear for a couple days in a row....

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The Lesson of the Fireflies

As Socrates said, "Beware the barrenness of a busy life". I don't think I would have understood the truth of that quote 4 years ago. But today, it's a punch in the gut.As a working mom and wife with 2 jobs, a feisty threenager and oh-so-busy 15 month old, I feel like my life has been filled with constant ball-juggling, plate spinning, multi-tasking, command-barking, hurry up-ing, "please stop whining", and never sleeping. In one moment I'm planning a big dinner program for physicians and medical professionals, while simultaneously making mental notes to remember to take more diapers to daycare, put stain treatment on Elsa's new strawberry covered dress, take out chicken to thaw for dinner, and order more fabric for...

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The Beginning

It's our first blog post! Whoop! But before we get ahead of ourselves, let me start off with a disclaimer: if you're looking for great parenting advice, tips on organizing your life, the answers to the ever polarizing working mom vs. stay at home mom debate, rants on how to "have it all" or to be inspired by my perfect hair and my incredible post-baby bod that I got by only breastfeeding, then I suggest you click the "x" at the top of this page and find a different blog to read. How Instagram thinks our family should look all the time. ....So for those of you who are still reading, it looks like we have something in common! Here...

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