It late Christmas night when my water broke. Four weeks earlier than our due date. As we drove to the hospital and the pace of labor quickened, I just couldn’t wait to have my boy in my arms. After 4 short hours of labor Cal was earth-side. I heaved him onto my chest after delivery […]

March 5, 2022

Journey to Cal Pal

My kids LOVE making these little pennant flags. AND they look SO cute tucked into a boo basket! I’ve attached some FREE pintable’s for you below so you can make them for yourself. To all of my T21 momma’s…there’s something a little extra special below. We got the small, craft dowel rods here but any […]

September 27, 2021

Free Fall Pintable’s

I absolutely LOVE fall! Cozy afternoons at home, hot coffee and a fire…count me in! When I pull out the fall decor at home I like to make it last from the end of September until late November. I try to decorate with things that could fit Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving! Less is more, right?! […]

September 24, 2021

Fall Walmart Finds

Playhouses are EXPENSIVE! We knew we wanted something for the kids to play on in our backyard but we weren’t quite ready to make the $1,000+ investment. Plus, we felt like so many of the swing sets we looked at weren’t great quality. The wood felt cheap and the ones we had seen didn’t seem […]

September 19, 2021

Swing Set Make Over

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

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






Thank you!

Your message has been sent. We'll contact you shortly

Contact Us

katie rivera photography

iowa city, iowa