Parenting Archive

  • Well, this truly isn’t what I thought this post would be about. And honestly, I’ve been putting this off for weeks. Even sitting here now in our quiet home office while Miles naps, my heart […]

    Baby Dixon Adoption Story: Part 7

    Well, this truly isn’t what I thought this post would be about. And honestly, I’ve been putting this off for weeks. Even sitting here now in our quiet home office while Miles naps, my heart […]

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  • Tears filled our eyes and many emotions and feelings filled our hearts after receiving that call from the agency that evening. “You have been chosen.” Words I will never forget. I automatically had a strong […]

    #babyDixon Adoption Story: Part 5

    Tears filled our eyes and many emotions and feelings filled our hearts after receiving that call from the agency that evening. “You have been chosen.” Words I will never forget. I automatically had a strong […]

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  • Our journey had officially begun. Hurry-up-and-wait seemed to be the theme throughout this stretch… In March of 2013, we left our first training at the agency with a clear direction, a stack of paperwork, list […]

    #babyDixon Adoption Story: Part 2

    Our journey had officially begun. Hurry-up-and-wait seemed to be the theme throughout this stretch… In March of 2013, we left our first training at the agency with a clear direction, a stack of paperwork, list […]

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  • We had such a great Valentine’s Day! It was gorgeous & sunny outside, so Ryan & I decided to soak that up and spend sometime outdoors as a family. I packed up a picnic filled […]

    Our Valentine’s Day Adventure

    We had such a great Valentine’s Day! It was gorgeous & sunny outside, so Ryan & I decided to soak that up and spend sometime outdoors as a family. I packed up a picnic filled […]

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  • When my girls were little, all I wanted to do was be able to work from home so that I could be with them more. I worked a typical corporate 8 to 5 cubicle style […]

    Will never take it for granted!

    When my girls were little, all I wanted to do was be able to work from home so that I could be with them more. I worked a typical corporate 8 to 5 cubicle style […]

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  • I have a friend who read a book called One Word That Will Change Your Life and told me all about it! In a nutshell it encourages you to pick just one word and let […]

    #focused15

    I have a friend who read a book called One Word That Will Change Your Life and told me all about it! In a nutshell it encourages you to pick just one word and let […]

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  • We went for a run a few mornings ago and then let the girls ride their bikes afterwards. They love to ride bikes at the trails. Their little legs get quite a workout! Towards the […]

    Give me a push.

    We went for a run a few mornings ago and then let the girls ride their bikes afterwards. They love to ride bikes at the trails. Their little legs get quite a workout! Towards the […]

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  • Tonight after dinner, I was doing my nightly ritual of cleaning up. You know, the usual…dishes, wiping the table & faces, picking up the toys on the kitchen floor as well as the socks and […]

    Messy Night.

    Tonight after dinner, I was doing my nightly ritual of cleaning up. You know, the usual…dishes, wiping the table & faces, picking up the toys on the kitchen floor as well as the socks and […]

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  • We got home from our fabulous New Hampshire trip last night after flying all…day…long…and when we walk in the door my Mom catches us up on what’s been going on with the girls while we’ve […]

    Addi’s First Protest Letter

    We got home from our fabulous New Hampshire trip last night after flying all…day…long…and when we walk in the door my Mom catches us up on what’s been going on with the girls while we’ve […]

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  • I tend to be a softy for cheesy daddy/daughter stuff. I decided a couple years ago that I was going to keep a journal for both Addison and Kamryn that I would one day give […]

    Last night’s simple “date” with Addi.

    I tend to be a softy for cheesy daddy/daughter stuff. I decided a couple years ago that I was going to keep a journal for both Addison and Kamryn that I would one day give […]

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  • Well, we did it. We got through the first day! Let me clarify. What I really should say is that I got through it…Addi absolutely LOVED it! She’s a champ. She marched right in her […]

    Addi’s 1st Day of Kindergarten.

    Well, we did it. We got through the first day! Let me clarify. What I really should say is that I got through it…Addi absolutely LOVED it! She’s a champ. She marched right in her […]

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  • I woke up this morning with a case of the mommy blues. This is the final day before the big day. Tomorrow is Kindergarten! I know this is not a sad thing, I really do. […]

    That’s just what He does.

    I woke up this morning with a case of the mommy blues. This is the final day before the big day. Tomorrow is Kindergarten! I know this is not a sad thing, I really do. […]

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  • To my dear Addison Kate, Today I took you school supply shopping. I’m not exactly sure how this happened given that just a few days ago, you looked like this… But it’s true. You begin […]

    I blinked. They told me this would happen.

    To my dear Addison Kate, Today I took you school supply shopping. I’m not exactly sure how this happened given that just a few days ago, you looked like this… But it’s true. You begin […]

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  • Our house is constantly a mess. I clean and pick up daily, but it never fails… There is always glitter on the kitchen floor. Always a toy to be stepped on in the hallway. Always […]

    Our house is a mess.

    Our house is constantly a mess. I clean and pick up daily, but it never fails… There is always glitter on the kitchen floor. Always a toy to be stepped on in the hallway. Always […]

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  • Having two girls is so much fun. Our house is filled with pink. Dresses, flowers, tiaras, dress-up stuff, glitter, play makeup, plastic jewelry, the works. No hiding the fact that we are raising two princesses, […]

    What makes you beautiful?

    Having two girls is so much fun. Our house is filled with pink. Dresses, flowers, tiaras, dress-up stuff, glitter, play makeup, plastic jewelry, the works. No hiding the fact that we are raising two princesses, […]

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  • I got a precious Mother’s Day gift this year. A beautiful gift that I will enjoy for months to come. Sunday morning while eating breakfast, the girls walked up and handed me this sweet homemade […]

    My Flower Garden.

    I got a precious Mother’s Day gift this year. A beautiful gift that I will enjoy for months to come. Sunday morning while eating breakfast, the girls walked up and handed me this sweet homemade […]

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  • All week long, Addi has been talking (shocker) about how excited she is to finish the “mother’s day surprise” for me at her school on Thursday. She has been so excited to work on this […]

    Mother’s Day: Surprises & Survey

    All week long, Addi has been talking (shocker) about how excited she is to finish the “mother’s day surprise” for me at her school on Thursday. She has been so excited to work on this […]

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  • Last Friday night I set out on my first camping adventure with my baby girls. My good buddy Mike was able to secure some land for our day point five campout about 20 minutes North […]

    Daddy/Daughter Campout.

    Last Friday night I set out on my first camping adventure with my baby girls. My good buddy Mike was able to secure some land for our day point five campout about 20 minutes North […]

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  • Mile Markers The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run – by Kristen Armstrong. I am about halfway through reading this book and am absolutely loving it. It motivates me so much! I have always […]

    Let me be loud & clear.

    Mile Markers The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run – by Kristen Armstrong. I am about halfway through reading this book and am absolutely loving it. It motivates me so much! I have always […]

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  • Today on the way home from school, Addi was talking (no shocker here) about what she wants to name her two girls when she has kids. Cute how she just assumes she will have two […]

    Girl talk.

    Today on the way home from school, Addi was talking (no shocker here) about what she wants to name her two girls when she has kids. Cute how she just assumes she will have two […]

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