Currently my life is under construction and so is this website, but God is making big changes and I can’t wait to see the results. Jeremiah 29:11-“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Please keep my children and I in your prayers as we journey through this next phase of life.
Today, my first baby, Jillian “Raine,” turns thirteen and gets to finally be the teenager that she has thought that she was since about the age of two. This morning she left for school, speaking in an Australian accent that she swears is British and dressed in imitation of “The Doctor” specifically the 9th Doctor from Doctor Who. I hugged her, kissed her, pinched her chubby cheeks, and sent her off to school shaking my head in wonder at how
strange amazing my little baby has grown to be. She is as tall as me now which is hardly an accomplishment, but I literally remember her just being born and the trauma beauty of giving birth to my first child. Continue reading
Today is Father’s Day, but it is also the eve of the first Heavenly birthday, of our beloved college cheerleading coach, Myron Doan. It is impossible to believe that a year has passed or that he is really gone.
My husband and I both have amazing fathers that we love dearly, but on this Father’s Day, I have found my thoughts resting with Myron. Myron may have not had biological children of his own, but he was a true father to so many. I know that I have written about this before, but to my husband, Jared, and I, Myron will always remain one of the most important pieces of our family. Continue reading
It has been five years this month, that what had been a minor, long term but only slightly bothersome injury, took a life changing turn as it became a debilitating battle with severe, chronic, pain and constant muscle spasms. A lot has changed and transpired in the five years since my life was turned upside down by pain, and in reflecting back on it, I found myself in a conversation with my 12 year old daughter about it. Sitting on my bed with her, I asked her “Do you remember what Mom was like before I was always in pain?” Continue reading
I have been promising for the past two years that I would post this on my blog, so here it finally is. I have been making my own laundry detergent for almost a decade now and have been continually revising the process to make a better and easier detergent. I did not think that I could ever come up with an easier recipe than my “5 Minute Liquid Laundry Detergent”, but then I was challenged to make a dry version. Continue reading