When God Taps You on the Shoulder

I’ve been working hard on being a better listener. For me, that meant finding a church that I could call my home and not being anonymous there. I tried and failed twice to join a small group (Hubster’s night schedule is a little insane), but Hubster and I actually just finished one together. The key ingredient: they offered childcare! I wanted to find a church and get involved so that I wasn’t just an anonymous face. I wanted people to notice when I wasn’t there. Accountability, friendships, the feeling that our family was “settled” somewhere.

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Our Bloggy Con ’14 Adventure!

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that would make me money if you make a purchase after clicking on them. Gotta feed my tubie’s organic blended diet habit!

Things got a little quiet around here late last week as I prepared for Bloggy Conference ’14. My friend and roomie was unable to attend, so Hubster decided to take Friday off and make the 9-hour drive to Ohio with me! We dropped the kids off at with their grandparents and embarked on the longest road trip we’ve ever taken as a couple. I’ll freely admit that while we enjoyed the time together, we did not enjoy sitting in the car for that long! Flying might have been more expensive, but it just might be worth it when a 9-hour trip turns into 10 long hours on the road.

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(Kinda) Wordless Wednesday: Girls Weekend and #TwinCities Color Run

I went to the Twin Cities this weekend to spend time with one of my favorite people in the world. It’s hard to believe that my friend, Rachel of To Hab & To Hold, and I have only known each other for two years. She’s one of those people that I feel like I’ve known forever.

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(Kinda) Wordless Wednesday: Best Friends in the Hall

Baby Jo wanted to walk to the car on her own. C proudly took her hand and they walked down the hall together. I hung back a little and simply admired the sweetness of their friendship.

Siblings holding hands in the hallway

(Kinda) Wordless Wednesday: “Mommy”-napped by the girls!

The kids and I recently got to hang out with two of my favorite ladies, then they “mommy”-napped me for a night out!

Mall with the girls

It’s wonderful to have people in your life who you know will be there forever. It had been a long time since we’d seen each other, but it felt like no time had passed at all. :)

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Girls’ Weekend: A Fantastic Break From Reality

I had the pleasure of having a kids-free weekend with one of my best friends, Rachel (To Hab & To Hold). It was Hubster’s annual camping weekend with his high school friends and my in-laws agreed to watch our kids so that we could both have a very much needed weekend with our friends.

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My Surprise Birthday Weekend!

So, uh, remember that time at the end of June when I had a birthday? I forgot to write about the awesome weekend that Hubster and I had!


Do you ever get into a rut, where you’re so focused on the responsibilities in life that you don’t take the time to have some fun? After Baby Jo arrived in late April and I was trying to figure out my new role as a mother of two, I definitely got into that rut. Maybe that rut even started when I was so sick while pregnant with her. I’m not sure, but I knew that Hubster and I weren’t being silly and laughing with each other as much as we used to. I told him that I wanted to spend a weekend with him over my birthday so that we could just focus on being us – not mother, father, employee, cleaner of all the messes…just us.

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Preventing PPD The Second Time Around: Building a Routine

I’m 25 weeks along in pregnancy number two and I’m starting to get a little nervous about history repeating itself.

I’m better prepared this time.  I will be setting up an appointment with my psychiatrist to start medication before delivering Baby Deuce, to prevent the major hormonal drop that I experienced last time.  I have established a therapist.  I know what to expect.

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30 Before 30: #23 Meet an Online Friend in Person

In the past year, I’ve made awesome connections with some really amazing women in the blogosphere.  One of my 30 Before 30 goals was to meet one of them in person.

I met a fellow Mamavation Sista back in August.  I had just pledged to the Mamavation Sistahood and realized that Rachel (@rachhabs, To Hab & To Hold) lives about 2 hours from me, and only about 40 minutes from my parents.  We met up for lunch with our kids, and I knew right away that the woman was flippin’ awesome.

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Visiting the Wildlife Sanctuary

One of my best friends from college, who actually was the maid of honor in my wedding, lives in our new city.  We decided to meet up yesterday at the local wildlife sanctuary so that C could enjoy the animals.  It was so awesome to see her again after two years, and C loved her!  He let L carry him around to check out all the animals. :)

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