Most Difficult Parenting Decision Yet

By on Apr 14, 2017 |

As silly as it sounds, deciding to take Levi out of his daycare center and having our very best friends watch him in their home (where he’ll be in a family-oriented place), was one of the biggest and most difficult parenting decision we’ve made yet. For financial reasons for both us and our friends, we decided to move Levi from his daycare facility to our friends’ house, where he’ll be cared for, nurtured and very loved. The daycare he was attending had to increase its tuition due to some huge minimum wage increases we saw in Arizona after this last election, and although we could handle it okay, and were totally willing to make it work, when our friends brought up this idea to have them stay with him during the week, it seemed like a win-win situation! I thought the money aspect of it would make this an easy decision, but it was much more difficult than I...

God’s Plans are Bigger

By on Apr 14, 2017 | 1 comment

I went to Bible Study last week, after finally remembering to go when I had missed the first two weeks. For the first time ever, I’m able to attend one during the day because it’s on a Thursday morning. Holla! (or maybe Amen! is more appropriate here?) However, I have to admit, it’s a 2 hour study from 9-11, and I do feel a little guilty for using 2 hour’s worth of my Thursdays with Levi away from him. But, he gets to hang out with other kids (which he loves), and I get to learn more about God and Jesus and fellowship with others. Ultimately, I’ve decided that this is just as important as having Thursdays with Levi. A healthy momma emotionally and spiritually equals a healthy family emotionally and spiritually.  We were studying the book of James, which I’ve honestly yet to read as a newer Christian. The main topics we discussed were about the differences between trials and...

Sometimes We Mommas Gotta Get Away

By on Apr 14, 2017 | 1 comment

Most of the time, the last place I want to be is away from Levi and Josh. I love my family, I love spending time with my family and I don’t like missing memories made with them. But sometimes, YOU JUST GOTTA GET AWAY. Generally, I don’t choose my time away because I’m sick of my family–usually it’s because I have to go away for work. And initially, I’m so heartbroken to have to leave because I’m afraid Levi won’t miss me or remember who I am when I get back (which has proven to be half-way true…little stinker). I cry–an awful, ugly, loud cry when I leave Josh and Levi. Seriously, it’s not pretty. But after being away for a little while, and after I get my mind off of being away from them, I realize that it’s actually kind of nice to get away for a little while. It’s nice to sleep in, it’s nice to go to sleep and know I won’t get woken up by Levi crying in the middle...

From the Beginning

By on Apr 4, 2017 | 1 comment

Our Life’s Most Exciting Moment Yet: From the Beginning   After being married for almost 2 years, my husband, Josh, and I decided we were finally ready to stop with our birth control method and let God decide when our family would begin to grow. We had made that decision in October. Little did we know, God would decide our family would grow by one only one month after making that decision. That next month, in November, we watched my bosses’ two young daughters for almost two full weeks (with the help of some other friends in town), and if that didn’t scare us into waiting a little longer, I’m not sure what would have. We love those girls (and miss babysitting them), but that sure was quite the parenting experience. Anyhoo, we must not have been too scared by it! On December 27, 2014, I took a pregnancy test without Josh’s knowledge (and he really had zero clue), and when it...

From the VERY Beginning

By on Apr 3, 2017 |

Life’s Other Big Moment: From the Very Beginning Because this blog is really about my son, Levi, and our adventures on Thursdays when I get to stay home with him, I figured I’d make sure the first blog post was about him–or mostly about him. But I also realized that it might be useful to have the backstory of how his parents met, because without that, there would be no Levi after all. 😉   I grew up in Southern Arizona pretty much my whole life. I love the desert, and love the culture in Southern Arizona, but I really needed a change after going to college in Tucson for a couple years. In middle school, I attended a music camp at Northern Arizona University, and I totally fell in love with the town and the school. I was determined to end up in Northern Arizona one day! Well, in August of 2010, that one day finally arrived, and I picked up my life and moved to Northern...