It’s that time of year again. The time where holiday traditions are intertwined and discussions over who gets what about of time with whom begins. Ah, holiday season in a blended family! This year, my bonus daughter joined us for Thanksgiving, but we will miss the joy in her eyes on Christmas morning. Last year, it was the opposite. The distance between her...

The simple, delicate way that the big minds of little children work, amazes me. I had the best conversation with a three year old today. My supervisor’s three year old daughter, Vivianne, was looking at a picture from our wedding that I keep on my desk. She asked “What’s that?” I handed it to her and explained it was a picture from my wedding, that I had gotten...

I was having the hardest time getting to sleep last Tuesday night when I began to wonder–What would be so bad about reaching out and making contact with my bonus daughter’s Mom? Why, I asked myself, have I been so intimidated by the thought of communicating with her? As a bonus parent, we are placed in a troubling position. We are not only responsible...

This recipe was given to me by my Mother a few years ago and is one that gets my husband SO excited for dinnertime! I hope you enjoy! Ingredients 2 lbs Ground Chicken 1 large Onion, chopped fine 1 Garlic Clove, chopped fine 1 can Water Chestnuts, drained and chopped fine 1 can Crushed Pineapple, drained 3 TBS chopped parsley 2 Jalapenos, chopped fine Salt / Pepper Soy...

We’ve all been there. We have all either been, or been witness to, the screaming kid in the grocery store with a mom who is at her wits-end. We’ve all passed judgments on that situation, or had judgement passed at us in similar scenarios. And so I ask–Why? Why don’t we, as a collective group of decent human beings, have more respect for parents...

This week I decided that I really needed to get my night time snacking on unhealthy things under control. My husband and I both have quite the sweet tooth so I took to the pantry to find a decent solution. This was my FIRST time using Almond Butter and I am pleasantly surprised with how this little snack turned out. As you can see, it is simple and self-explanatory....

This is a recipe that I found here some time ago and started using it regularly, with some variations. My bonus daughter loves this one, as does her dad! Enjoy!  Ingredients This recipe will make 4-6 servings depending on the size.  1lb Extra Lean Ground Beef (or Turkey or Chicken) 1 large Head Cabbage, Shredded 1/2 large Sweet Onion, Diced 1 large Carrot, Shredded 2...

Well, we are finally “on the other side.”  The deed of the vasectomy reversal is done! I know that the journey leading up to deciding on a vasectomy reversal and picking a doctor can be stressful. I have written this as a sort of guide to our experience in hopes that it will help other couples on their journey back to fertility as well. Leading Up to...

My husband and I had quite the emotional blowout a few days ago over his upcoming vasectomy reversal procedure. I am a basket full of emotions, while he is excited and nervous. I wear my feelings on my sleeve, whereas my husband quietly keeps his emotions in check 97.3% of the time. I, quite literally, burst into tears a few nights ago for what seemed to be no apparent...

So there we were, checking out at a Sheetz (which is a gas station/food/convenience store for those of you not on the East Coast) when it happened. Our first encounter with a stranger who had no idea that my bonus daughter and I were not related… “Well aren’t you being such a good girl for your Mommy!”   3… 2… 1… “She’s not my Mom!”  My bonus daughter, who was seven at the time, was flabbergasted. How could this women even suggest such a thing? Her young mind just could...

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