Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hello old friend!

Well, it has been a while.  Apparently having two kids really does fill all of your time!  The writing went by the wayside and I kind of miss the opportunity to get my thoughts written down.  SO...if you have subscribed to this blog and get emails sent to you, you may end up feeling the need to unsubscribe if I get annoying.  ;)  So here is just a bit to get you caught up.

The last time I posted I talked about how I was de-crapifying our house.  Well, guess what....still working on my mission to get crap out of our house.  This will forever be a struggle for me.  Confession time.  I wouldn't say that I am a certified hoarder, but it certainly has become a hobby.  I save things for the "what if" or "I might" times in life.  I am still working on letting go.  It is a work in progress.  My mom helped me this week to really focus on this goal.  We have about 40+ trash bags full to go to either the garbage, donation center or to my sister's house.  (Giving my sister all of the clothes that my kids have outgrown.)  Lots has left the house and it feels awesome!!  I still have areas to work, but it has been an extremely productive week.

Along with de-crapifying our home, comes sorting through all of my clothes.  UGH!  This kills me every time.  I have a strange emotional connection to my clothing.  I continue to hold on to clothing as my weight fluctuates.  Just in case I am back in that size, whether it is smaller or larger.  I have started working with a doctor to help me focus on becoming healthier.  I meet with him every other week to discuss changes that I need to make and track my progress.  With his help, I am down 2 pant sizes since Christmas 2015.  AND I don't plan to get back into those sizes.  SO...reluctantly I have gotten rid of 2 of the 6 sizes in my closet.  (Yes....I practically have a clothing store in my closet.  6 sizes worth!!)  I did also get rid of some of the other items in the remaining 4 sizes and kept only some items as I hopefully fit back into those sizes throughout this journey to getting healthy.  This is a huge struggle for me.  Has been my entire life.  And I fear that this is a battle that I will be fighting for the rest of my life.  But since I am now closer to 40 than I am to 30, I need to really focus on this journey both for me and for my kids.

So 2016 is still about de-crapifying my life.  My home.  My closet.  My diet.  My health.   My insecurities.  My self-doubt.  All of it.

Here's hoping that the second half of 2016 continues in the same direction that the first half started. Stick around if you want to see where this journey takes me.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


So pumped!!  I am excited to try to do this in our house in 2014!  We have decided that for Lent this year, we are going to focus on simplifying and decluttering our life to focus on the important and the necessary.  We have decided on 40 areas of our home that we will focus on.  Check out White House Black Shutters for more info.  She has some free printables and helps you to organize your thoughts in order to do this!  I am such a "saver" when it comes to the crap we have in this house.  This will be difficult to do, but I am excited to take care of the crap we have around!  My goal is to tackle the 40 spaces below.  I tried to break them up into manageable areas that small enough that they can be done easily each day after the kids are in bed or right when we get home from school.

  1. Entertainment/Bookshelves
  2. Pantry
  3. Tall kitchen cabinets
  4. Kitchen drawers
  5. Upper kitchen cabinets
  6. Lower kitchen cabinets
  7. Sewing/hairbow supplies
  8. Laundry room cabinets
  9. Front hall closet
  10. Half bath storage
  11. Front door shoe storage
  12. Playroom cubbies
  13. Kid's bathroom cupboards
  14. Linen closet
  15. Toy area in loft
  16. Loft bookshelf
  17. Penny's closet cubbies
  18. Penny's closet clothes
  19. Penny's drawers and baskets
  20. Penny's hair accessories
  21. Gus' closet clothes
  22. Gus' closet shelves
  23. Gus' dresser
  24. Gus' bookshelf
  25. Joel's dresser
  26. Beth's dresser
  27. Nightstands
  28. Master bedroom bookshelf
  29. Armoire
  30. Beth's closet clothes
  31. Joel's closet clothes
  32. Beth & Joel's shoes
  33. Closet shelves
  34. Master bath storage
  35. Thirty-One kit
  36. Thirty-One team stuff
  37. Thirty-One inventory
  38. Office cubbies
  39. Office closet
  40. Office desk
I know that there is a lot more that I can and need to do.  Didn't even touch the garage or the basement on this list.  I think I will save those for this summer!!

I have already scheduled Purple Heart to come and pick up my donation bags every other week.  (Check out to see if there is a someone that is nearby that will take your donations.)  That will force me to get rid of stuff now that I know someone is coming to get our stuff to donate.  

Stay tuned as I try to accomplish this lofty task and if you are lucky, I may show you pictures of just how bad it is and just how good it is about to get!!

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Five years!!  Can you believe it has been five years since we let the world know about the journey we were taking to become family?  Five years ago we started this blog as a way to share with friends and family about our adoption process and hopefully to share more about our life as a family of three.  I had no idea when I started this blog that we would be matched by the end of the month.

It seems like an eternity ago that we were at the beginning of our journey where your heart jumps every time the phone rings.  Every day was filled with prayers for our future child and his/her birth mom.  Every day was just another lesson in patience. (For the record, I am STILL learning how to be patient.) Every day we would waiver between hope and despair.

If someone had told me five years ago when I started this blog that I would be the proud momma of TWO  and that we would end up taking a twenty something year old under our wing, I would have never believed it!  Five years ago I was in a pretty dark place.  Desperately clinging to any glimmer of hope I could find.

When others found out that we were struggling on our path to parenthood, they shared their stories and struggles with us.  Many of which were going through this at the same time as we were.  Since then, every single one of them has become a parent. (And sometimes more than once!) Pretty awesome when you think about it.

When we started writing, we intended to utilize this blog to share with friends and family.  It has become so much more.  We have met people that we would have NEVER encountered otherwise.  I am so glad that we have a platform to share our journey and to share our family.  Thanks for joining our journey!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Before him

Before him I didn't know how much I could love someone.  I didn't know that my heart would jump with joy and break in half and that I would be able to feel both all the way down to my toes!  I didn't know that I could love someone so much that I would think about them constantly and worry about their every move and every breath.

Even as an infant, he would put his hand on mine like this.  LOVE!!

Before him I didn't know that I would agonize over decisions that affect his little world like preschool, daycare, kindergarden....oh my!  That sends me into panic mode just thinking about it!

Before him I didn't know how much fun it would be to play with cars or trucks or anything "boy".  I didn't know that I would laugh at gross boy words like "poop" simply because his laugh was infectious.  (It is not ladylike to talk about bodily functions...but for him I will make an exception.)

Before him I liked to have my space.  Now I will take every hug, snuggle and cuddle that I can get!  Even if these means that he climbs in my bed every night or at some unknown early morning hour and I end up with his feet on me!

Before him I didn't realize how important every tradition was and how I would want to start a bajillion new traditions for our family and how I would want to make every new experience special.

Before him I had no idea what the world of little boys was like.  In a house of girls, everything was pretty and pink when I was growing up.  My world was full of blue when he came around.

Before him I had no idea how much I would love having my little man with me!  I had no idea how much fun little boys were.  I had no idea that he truly would be a dream come true!

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