Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Family Around The World

This envelope may look ordinary, but it is anything but. It's a connection for our boys, hope and peace for their family on the other side of the world, a window into new worlds and a lifeline for all.



So, so thankful these completely "closed" adoptions ended up this way. Next step, five new passports for all the young'ens.



Today's Amharic word of the day is beteseb ~ family. 

Taking crazy to a new level since 1996

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer 2014

Mr. T says I left my last blog sounding rather ominous.  "Life is messy and complicated," but I promise it is really, really good.  Incredibly busy, but really good.  Having five kids takes a lot of energy, yo!

Here's what we were up to last week ...

Sometimes having this many kids is hard work.  Just ask this guy...





Matching shirts ... lowering our "cool" factor but also lowering our kid-losing risk.  I'd say it's a good trade




Same clothes ... different day, same reason.

And the good news is, we lost zero children.  Boom



Mr. T and I have an almost identical photo of ourselves in front of an aquarium our first year of marriage, ah-hem, 17 years ago.  It was lacking a photobombing offspring


After two days and (I'm too embarrassed to admit how much) way too much money, my kids said they had just as good of a time at the beach.  The FREE beach.




Today's Amharic word of the day:  eh-reft

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Proof of Life

We are still alive and life is good.  It's messy and complicated, but good.







Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day - A Post To Make 90% of Moms Feel Better

I know friends, it's been a while. Sorry. In my defense, I plead laziness and an internal struggle with paranoia, privacy, attachment issues and the like.

But I'm popping on here to say Happy Valentine's Day. All of you overachievers on Pinterest and Facebook inspired me with your amazing Valentine's creations. Truly, you did!

And here's my Valentine's Day gift to the rest of you normal people... I present our Valentine's Day boxes:




(and every mom feels much better about themselves now, right? #slacktivism)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Teacher Gift Ideas

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