I know


I didn’t march yesterday because I thought I didn’t know enough to make a stand. As I followed the news, the pictures, and the speeches all day, I realized I know more than I give myself credit…

I know that we are each important in our own way
I know that I make a difference… as a daughter, as a sister, as a wife, as a mother, as a friend,
as a woman
I know that raising my boys to be men of substance is the most important job I can have
I know that we don’t all see eye to eye but that doesn’t make anyone less important
I know that if we don’t educate our children, future generations will fall
I know that education is vital for all, not just for children but for ourselves as well
I know that we all bring something different to this world and those differences should be
honored, not feared
I know that we each have a voice
I know that we need to respect, listen to, and value each other’s voice
I know that I have been blessed with a good life
I know that we need to keep moving forward to ensure the next generations can have an even
better life
I know that even in my good fortune, hurt knows no boundaries
I know that everyone carries their own battle wounds, some just show more than others
I know that the only way to win that war is to band together, not push apart
I know that we are strong
I know that I am strong
I know that I am important
I know

I know that this is one time that we really do need to…

It’s a big day around here



My little baby is 8 today!


It was like yesterday that my water broke in the middle of the night


I was panicked because it was going to be real


Little did I know that he would take his sweet time actually getting here

Last Day of Preschool

He came out with a bang and hasn’t slowed down since


He’s grown into a sweet boy with his giant heart on his sleeve


And a joke in his pocket




Happy Birthday!

The Fam


I realized I haven’t updated things in awhile.


Things have been busy but good.


Dustin got the fun opportunity to travel for work… all the way to Iowa and Illinois. What it meant was that he got to work long days while we attempted to hold down the fort.


It made me all the more grateful that we have each other and are a team.


I have been doing well with my trial. I get to do a phone interview every couple of weeks to make sure I haven’t tipped over yet. Every couple of times for those, includes going in for blood work. I also throw in a quick physical and vaccines as well. I don’t get another round of actual meds until July.


Other than the giant welt and itchy red spot from the last round of vaccines, things have been rolling in the right direction.


Thing One is finishing up second grade. While he has excelled and learned so much, he still complains about going every morning. He takes longer to complain about the work, than to actually do his homework. He will just choose to read though, and will loudly proclaim that he loves science.


He performed with the entire second grade to sing songs for parents. He was so nervous about messing up. It was sweet how big he smiled when he saw us sitting in the audience though. I may have a musical kid yet.


He is still going strong with Cub Scouts. He just earned his wolf badge and will graduate to a bear in June. He looks so handsome in his outfit.


Thing Two is finally stretching out and has grown multiple inches.


He’s so excited that he’ll get to go to kindergarten in the fall. He’ll get to go to the same school as his big brother. For now, he’s loving preschool and looking forward to summer fun.


This summer both boys will be at work with me. They’ll get to go on field trips together too. I’m excited to have them able to bond and be big kids together.


We’ve been able to get to the cabin as a family for a few weekends now.


It’s awesome to see the boys so independent and free.


Basically, we have been very busy but happy together.


March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month


  I am…

IMG_20160311_073443_403    Made Strong
    Made Strong