education, family, love, motherhood

Parenting Conversations

Parenting is really fun, but also very challenging. One of the most challenging things, is figuring out how to teach my kids all of the important information that they need to know to be happy, successful, well-adjusted adults. I compiled a short list of the basic conversations that I have had (or still need to… Read More Parenting Conversations

faith, family, friends, pain, Struggles

Real friendships

My husband comes from a very large Mormon family (he has 84 first cousins- just on his dad’s side). They are like a giant group of friends that love each other and enjoy getting together. I worked very hard to get to know them and they¬†made me feel like a part of the family. Over… Read More Real friendships

family, pain, Struggles

Injuries and pain

2017 has been a banner year for my family with injuries, broken bones, and visits to the urgent care. Just this year we have had- A broken collar bone and subsequent surgery (16 year old, skiing through obstacles… didn’t work out as planned) Second degree burns on two legs (15 year old, riding a motorcycle,… Read More Injuries and pain

blogging, education, family, school

Accidental blogger

I accidentally got a job. I know normally, getting a job is not something that happens accidentally, but my life is not very normal. It all started when my husband and I went to dinner with some new friends. As we got to know each other, my friend (Jennie Sue), encouraged me to start a… Read More Accidental blogger

family, Struggles

Almost a perfect house

My husband and I love designing and building homes. We built our first home shortly after we moved to Idaho. We didn’t have a lot of money or very many kids (at the time), but we knew what kind of house we wanted to build. We picked a small town outside of Boise (mostly because… Read More Almost a perfect house

family

Good Hair Days

I love fixing my girl’s hair. Sometimes they tell me what they want. Sometimes I just figure it out as I go. I always use a squirt bottle to soften the tangles and to help it lay smoother. I have also found that medium sized elastics work best on my kids hair.

family, home

Sand castles on the beach

  I like having a clean house. It makes me happy. It makes me feel like my life is wonderful and orderly. When my house is clean, I feel like I can conquer the world. The problem is, I have kids. Kids are terribly messy. No matter what I do, keeping the house clean is… Read More Sand castles on the beach

faith, family, love, Struggles

Leaving the church sucks

I wish that I could say that leaving the church has brought me increased¬†happiness. I wish that I could say that my life has deeper meaning and purpose. I with that I could say that I have found a new set of beliefs to teach my children. For a long time, I even wished that… Read More Leaving the church sucks

family, food, home

Secrets of Good Homemade Bread

I have had lots of people ask me why my bread tastes so good… here are my secrets. … Read More Secrets of Good Homemade Bread

family, love, motherhood

A new stage of motherhood

I love being a mom. I have loved all of the phases of motherhood. I haven’t always been a good mom (sometimes I’ve been pretty awful), but I have always loved my kids. Motherhood- phase 1 Babies I loved my babies. I loved smelling them and feeling their soft skin. I loved nursing them and… Read More A new stage of motherhood