For those of you that have followed along with our journey you know that it has been nothing but an unconventional path to parenthood.  What you might not know is that prior to Brance and I getting married we prayed that the Lord would use us; that we wouldn’t be content living in a life […]

April 19, 2020

We Really are the ‘Lucky Few’

Sometimes when we experience or encounter things that are different than our normal or our culture we often choose words that are unintentionally hurtful; while believing we’re merely being curious. As an adoptive momma I’ve been on the receiving end of that conversation more often than I’d like to admit. The receiving end of words […]

October 11, 2019

Adoption Questions That Hurt

I’m a bit biased but I think that this little guy is the sweetest and most squishy newborn that I’ve ever laid eyes on.  After a long labor Zeus Alexander finally made his grand entrance into the world…weighing in at a whopping 10lb 3oz.  What a joy it was being there and watching my sister […]

August 20, 2019

Zeus Alexander Spear

Before we entered into the world of foster care we went into the process with the mindset that if a child were to enter our home, we would NEVER give up on them.  We would never waive a white flag in surrender because things got too hard.  We spent time in prayer before saying yes […]

June 17, 2019

White Flag

Growing up and being obedient wasn’t an option in our household.  We obeyed because it was expected.  My parent’s demanded obedience and respect because they desired to raise children that respected authority and to raise children that would one day be great contributors to society.  I grew up in a home where you obeyed or […]

May 22, 2019

Trauma and the Brain

I can still remember squirming in the hospital bed trying to get comfortable.  I held our day old baby girl in my right arm as my husband helped our 15 month-old foster son crawl into my lap.  I vividly remember the moment. I looked to my right arm at the brand new baby that I […]

April 17, 2019

AS FEATURED ON: Love What Matters

I was midway thorough my morning coffee.  The dog was barking, the kids were screaming and so were the dishes from my kitchen sink.  Though the day had just begun I was already tired.  My heart wasn’t one full of gratitude for the day.  My phone rang as I threw back another sip of coffee […]

April 3, 2019

saying no is hard

Happy Third Birthday to our sweet prima ballerina, Andi Grace.  This girl is glitter, gold and all things ballerina.  She choose a Swan Lake themed ballet party.  All of her sweet friends came to dance and twirl with this birthday girl.  Her party wouldn’t have been complete without glitter star wands! Florals: Trader Joe’s Cake […]

March 30, 2019

Andi Grace is THREE

The summer prior to my senior year of college I spent a few months abroad in Zambia.  I went alone and met up with established missionaries serving there.  I had this overwhelming desire to love and serve on kids living in orphanages.  It was in Zambia that I knew this trip was going to drastically […]

March 23, 2019

Our Yes

I had one baby strapped to my chest. My oldest was grabbing handfuls of coffee cup stoppers from the Starbucks barista bar and my toddler was crying because she got a grande water and not a tall one. The judgmental glances were so strong I could feel myself panicking. If I had a quarter for […]

March 4, 2019

Hot Mess Motherhood

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