Sharing My Story On The Fit Women’s Weekly Podcast

I was recently on my friend Kindal’s podcast sharing a little about me and my story. In my 20’s I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that left me paralyzed from the neck down. If you are missing girl chat during this global pandemic or just want to learn a little bit more about me and my family be sure to check out this podcast.

You can listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher, or you can search for the Fit Women’s Weekly Podcast (Ep. 287: From Paralyzed to Powerhouse) wherever you listen to podcasts.

In other news our family is taking the week off from homeschool and I am so excited. Josh has been working so much lately and he has the next few days off. I am looking forward to some quality family time, being able to do a more deeper clean of the house, and search the internet and my cookbooks for some dinner/meal inspiration.

The last week was super eventful in our house as we had our first experience with a child getting stitches. Stitches are already out and we have the all clear to go swimming again too. Our daughter also had her second visit from the tooth fairy. Exciting times over here.

I hope you all have a healthy and happy week! Thanks for stopping by the blog.


Read Aloud Reviews: In Grandma’s Attic, Homer Price, & The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Our homeschool days are filled with Math, English, Science, History and Read Alouds. I am going to be reviewing all the books we read this year. I am linking the books to Amazon in case you decide to purchase them but we have bought the majority of our books from If you aren’t familiar with this website it is like an Amazon for used books. It can take a little bit of time to get your books in the mail depending on what shop you purchase from but it is the first place I check, especially if the book is older and not recently published.

For reference I am reading these books to my eight and six year old. It has become one of the highlights of my day. Also please forgive me if there are typos. I am watching musicals on as I type this post up ;).

Let’s get into the reviews…

In Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson

I remember reading this book when I was little and loved it. My kids equally enjoyed it and In Grandma’s Attic was a great book to kick off our school year. There are great lessons in each story as you listen to Grandma share her youthful adventures. This book is filled with fun and laughter as Grandma explains how she tried to be good as a little girl but often ended up getting into trouble. Each chapter is a different story from Grandma’s childhood.

This is a wholesome read that points back to God’s providence. There are more books in this series that I am interested in reading with the kids later. I like that these books are stand alone and don’t necessarily have to go in order because they aren’t a continuous story but many individual stories that make up each book.

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

Homer Price was written in 1943 and because of this the kids had many questions. What’s a filling station? What’s a slogan? What’s shaving lotion? What’s Women’s Suffrage? What’s a Homestead? The last chapter went completely over their head but overall all it was an enjoyable read and we loved reading about Homer’s adventures and his skunk Aroma. Plus the illustrations are adorable.

There are six chapters and each chapter is a different story about Homer. The chapters are long so be prepared if you select this book to read. My kids favorites were Chapter 1: The Case of the Scentsational Scent and Chapter 3: The Doughnuts. We ate donuts the following morning after reading Chapter 3 to celebrate reading this book.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was recommended to me by Kindle for years. But I was not interested in reading about a toy rabbit made of porcelain. I was so wrong. It is one of my all time favorite books now. So good. I laughed. I cried. And just had so many emotions. I was cheering for this rabbit and all the characters who were part of his journey by the middle of the book. Ugh. It was just so good.

It had me from the first quote at the start of the book from The Testing-Tree by Stanley Kunitz. “The heart breaks and breaks and lives by breaking. It is necessary to go through dark and deeper dark and not to turn.” I don’t want to give anything away but just know this book has some dark moments. My kids and I had great conversations because of this book. If you have a younger child it might be best to read this ahead of time make sure it will be appropriate for them.

My son kept saying this is just like The Velveteen Rabbit and he was right. It was very similar for a good portion of the beginning. But stick with it if you are having those same thoughts. I promise it is worth the read. We all loved it! I probably loved it the most and I am so glad we read this treasure of a book.

And those are our first three read aloud reviews! My son also finished The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe last week with Grandma via FaceTime and we watched the movie this weekend. They are reading Prince Caspian next.

Do you have a favorite book you have read to your elementary school aged kiddo or a book from your childhood that you love?


You’re My Best Friend

I was sitting on the floor holding the phone so my kids could use FaceTime to chat with my mom. Each child squeezed their face closer and closer to the screen trying to show and tell to Grandma the latest happenings from our house. The oldest two walked off to go and find more things to show while our youngest began to press his face up to phone.

Grandma soon began to give kisses over the phone to the delight of our son. And quickly a game started. He squealed down the hall trying to get away from Grandma’s kisses. Once at the other end he would stop and look back at the phone to see if Grandma was still there. Mind you I was still sitting down this entire time and had not moved. After a quick pause he rapidly ran back to the phone pushing his face as close as possible to the screen and waited. Grandma kissed him again and off he went. This sequence was repeated many times over.

It has been so interesting to experience these moments during the pandemic. Life in some ways has felt very much on pause and yet in other ways it feels like it hasn’t slowed down at all. It warmed my heart to see this interaction between my mom and son. But what brought tears to my eyes and so much joy to my heart was what happened at the end of our FaceTime visit.

When it was time to say goodbye our sweet boy came up to phone and told his Grandma “You’re my best friend”.

Happy tears. #allthefeels

If you are new to my blog, we adopted our son out of the foster care system. Moments like this fill us with so much joy. There were so many unknowns when this little baby first came into our home and to see him now is just wow.

The following day we were swimming in our backyard pool and the kids took a break to eat lunch on the back patio. Our older three year old dropped something he was holding and our youngest hopped down off his chair to pick the item up for his slightly older brother. Both three year olds were out of their chairs at this point and after the item was returned they both hugged each other for a long time. And our youngest said mid hug to his brother “You’re my best friend”.

Happy tears. Again. #somanyfeels

Our four kids have truly become best friends in 2020. I am so grateful they have each other. Life is unpredictable in so many ways and I am doing my best to notice the good all around me. I would love to hear something good that you have noticed recently. Feel free to share in the comments below.