A look at the last two weeks

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

    We attended a great foster parent dinner last week. Thank you Church of the City for the way they support foster parents in such a tangible way!

    Silas won the Math Achievement Award for the highest grade in math for the year in his class. He loves math so much and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for his future in the way he’s wired!

    Overall, I was very impressed with the Impress pressure nails (they lasted 10 days !!). The full review will follow shortly!

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

    I was honored to be interviewed recently on The Doctors TV show 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 type of interview you expected if you’re unfamiliar with my book!)

    This is what my life often looks like right now … and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. (Even if I occasionally like to remember when I had to sleep for more than 3-4 hours at a time!)

    I’ve made a few different new friends in new coffee shops over the past two weeks. Although I no longer drink regular coffee, I love visiting new coffee shops!

    Fresh out of the bathroom!

    So much fun watching these two interact with each other!

    We’ve spent a lot of time on the baseball field over the past two weeks because it was the end of the season tournament – and Silas’ team came all the way to the championship game!

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

    He even made extra glaze for her.

    Kierstyn agreed to them!

    Strategy for the tournament games.

    One-on-one conversations with your children: it is often work to make them a reality, but it’s worth it!

    Kaitlynn and I went to the vacation world (in Santa Claus, IN) with her friend and her friend’s mother last week. Yes, it took a little juggling to figure it out so I could be gone – especially with two little ones, one of whom is breastfeeding. But when Kaitlynn came up with the idea, I put my thinking hat on and tried to figure out how it worked. (My mantra as a mother: “Say yes as often as you can!”) And with Jesse’s help and a little creativity we found out how Kaitlynn’s idea can become a reality!

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

    One-on-one conversations with your kids don’t have to be a full-day trip to an amusement park. It could be a surprise trip to Sonic or say yes to bake cookies, ride a bike to the ice cream parlor, have a water balloon fight, watch a show together, play a game, or let them teach you how to do it doing something they enjoy doing or just sitting on the floor in their room and listening to their favorite music. Look for ways to say yes, to step into their world, to care about what is important to them, to care about what they are interested in, to say “I love you” through actions and sacrifices and for them to show up. It’s always worth the effort

    I love roller coasters, so I was excited to be able to ride roller coasters again after a long break due to pregnancy and then Covid.

    I couldn’t believe Holiday World had all of these beverage kiosks all over the park – and everything was free with unlimited refills!

    Kaitlynn and I enjoyed this ride – although it took me about 3 seconds at the beginning to decide that I really enjoyed it.

    They also had free parking, free sunscreen, and free hand sanitizer (on top of 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 found a way to fix her hair that looks cute, that she won’t pull out, and that stays on all day! It may look like a gargoyle, but hey, it works!

    Did I mention we’ve spent a lot of time on the baseball fields the past two weeks? 🙂

    Finally, we’re so proud of this boy … he’s learned so much lately and started reaching for toys and interacting with him !! This is a big deal and we are very excited about the progress he is making.



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