How Parenting Prepared Me for Raising a Puppy

Post contains affiliate links. Taking on a puppy, a puppy who has the tall order of growing up to be a service dog...more

Tales of Snow, School and Un-Sperming the Dog

Snow isn’t a given in our little corner of the Pacific Northwest. In fact, we have had none ...more

Jars of Hope (and other stuff)

Post contains affiliate links and cute animal pictures. Duma the cat and Frodo the dog….because sometimes eight children at home just doesn’t seem like enough. These little mess-makers are kind enough to leave dead animals and piles of feces around the house ....more

Classic Toys That Stand the Test of Time

Classic toys that stand the test of time. This post contains affiliate links. Chuck and I have always been picky about the toys we buy for our children ....more

Create a Teen Smash Book

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone ....more

Should I Gift My Kids Equal Gifts?

Post includes affiliate links Just before Judah’s fifth birthday, Chuck told me he wanted to buy him this Kettler Pedal Car. The price tag was right about a hundred bucks. We lived on a piece of property with five acres ....more

Building Independence One Brick at a Time {LEGO Juniors}

To say it has been a rough twelve days since Apollo’s g-tube removal would be a massive understatement. I am happy to say he is now fever and pain-free and healing well. We had an amazing visit to Children’s on Friday ....more

Staph Infection After Surgery

When Apollo was in the emergency room and they opened his surgical incision they took a sample from the infected area. They confirmed that he has a staph infection at the surgical site. It has been a long, slow recovery for Apollo ....more

Infection After G-Tube Closure

This is part two. You can read the first post Infection After G-Tube Closure here. — Options were discussed for sedation ....more

Infection After G-Tube Closure {Complications}

The story of an Infection After G-Tube Closure This weekend ended up being a complete nightmare because Apollo developed an infection at his surgical site....more