Family Life

On the Move Again

Twirling the events of the past year through my head like balloons whipping in the wind, The Chad and I are just amazed at all that we have experienced over the last nine to twelve months. In just three short weeks we are moving, yet again. Seems as though we only arrived here in Orlando [...]

e Parenting

Having children and raising children is such an evolutionary, day-by-day event. I always think of the quote by Mike Tyson in relation to having children; “everyone has a plan until they’re punched in the face.” Think about it. We all have some set of ideals on how we should parent or raise children. Telling ourselves [...]

My Open Letter to be Better

Driving home the other day from the gym I saw a care center bus that said “Kids-R-Kids” and couldn’t help to feel a bit perturbed. What was troublesome is that we often discount children’s behaviors as “just being kids” without needed corrective action. Sometimes these behaviors can be shrugged off, while others need extraordinary attention. [...]

The Eye of the Hurricane

Was the first day of September and my Dad sent me a text. His words ever so sincere and deeply concerned. “Karie Babe, please be prepared for Irma. I just saw on the news the models for a possible Cat 5 storm. Bottled water, canned goods, batteries. I love you so much.” Flippantly, I dismissed [...]

Moving Cross Country

Summer time is the busiest time of year for moving. While this is the slowest and most boring for school aged children, this is the busiest time for adults. Our family recently planned a cross country move with a van line due to my husband taking a new job. What was supposed to be a [...]

Gluten Free Bar Grab and Go Bites

A few years ago I began heavily researching and looking into the “gluten free” craze. A former friend of mine had elected a gluten free diet and I was not sure about how the decision would affect ones health. What I found is that certain food options were excluding particular grains and using other flour [...]

I grieve

Sweat was hiding the tears as they trickled down my flushed cheeks. Most tears these days have been shed in silence, in hiding. Now I stand in the middle of a busy gym on the outskirts of Orlando. The smell of wet iron, the hint of copper, humbled by my current experience of feeling weak [...]

Weathering the Storm

No better euphemism could apply to my life than this over the past few months. You see, so much has happened to our family since April of this year. We like to believe that everything in this life happens for a reason, whether divine or not, we like to think mostly divine; the experiences we [...]

Cleaning is always such a task. In a home with three kids, two dogs and one husband, cleaning seems to be happening all the time. Messes are on the regular and some messes require a bit more elbow grease, for lack of a better term. So when messes happen and they require a bit more [...]

As an Arizona resident we Phoenicians live in flip-flops. When wearing our favorite thonged footwear, we want something comfortable. Ahhsoles are the offensively comfortable flip-flop that brings joy to ever step. More than just letting the tarsals be free, our feet really take a daily beating, from walking, running, heels, socks and dress shoes. We [...]

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