Vacation.

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I wrote this post a few months back while we were in Florida for a small get away while JJ was at a conference. Jackson still talks about this trip and his friend Mr. Marty. Which, Mr. Marty would be JJ’s principal, and thank goodness is a very kind person because on one of the trips Jackson just had to sit by Mr. Marty and put his stinky feet on him! Oh, Jackson you do not embarrass me at all!! I found this fitting to share now as we are discussing where to go on vacation with my parents this year. Who knows where we will end up, Colorado, Alabama, Michigan, or some place in between!!! Read More

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Elon Musk & SpaceX

Today’s post is written by none other than my amazing husband and Jackson’s incredible daddy!!!

History was made on February 16, 2018. SpaceX and its founder Elon Musk launched a partially reusable heavy-lift launch vehicle, called Falcon Heavy, into space.  The Falcon Heavy is the world’s fourth highest capacity rocket ever built and the most powerful rocket in operation as of today. Read More

Sick and Tired.

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We have been struck down by sickness the last week and a half. Jackson had strep throat and a double ear infection and wouldn’t you know it I got influenza.(Which if you haven’t had it, it is the worst thing EVER).  If you didn’t already know this, having a sick child is one of the hardest things on the planet. Until, of course you are so sick you can’t get out of bed and then that said child climbs up on bed with you. It is heartbreaking. He came running into our bedroom after daycare the other day and crawled in bed with me for a good hour. (This is very unlike him to sit for that length of time) And at one point he grabbed my face in his little hands and said “look at me” as he pulled my face towards him and said “I will always be here.”  Dang kid. You don’t need to make your mom cry while she is sick. But what a sweet little boy he is. He has done a very good job taking care of me. It is actually quite funny, we take our medicine together and neither one of us likes the medicine (mine tastes TERRIBLE) but we always “cheers” each other and down our medicine together. I am so looking forward to feeling better. Hopefully I will be back at it soon.

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Heather’s Response.

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Y’all, I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate and love this blog and this is one of the main reasons why. Heather may be younger than me but I can’t tell you how much I appreciate her going before me and having the opportunity to have this open dialog with her and learn from her. She is such a great mom. While reading her message to us, all I could picture was Jackson and how similar to Marvell he is.  I am not saying I don’t want your advice or her advice. I just don’t want you to approach it as you know better than we do!!! So, thank you Heather for your amazing input and advice. We love hearing from you and I am so happy that you were willing and able to help with the blog. Read More

Experts.

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Recently I had a friend reach out to me for some advice on an issue she was having with her kiddos. I don’t want to get into too much detail about what the issue was but I loved the fact that she thought I somehow had it together enough to ask me for parenting advice! I will take that for a win.  Because then just one day, the very next day, I experienced the complete opposite. Read More

Why?

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I know I have mentioned it before but we have always talked about Jackson being adopted. It is not a secret. It is not something he will find out when he is 18, it is just part of who he is. Lately he has been talking a lot about babies growing in bellies. This is partly because there are a lot of pregnant people around us. One, being his dental hygienist, who when Jackson found out she had a baby in her belly said “can I see her?” Oh, man he is just the sweetest little kid. He loves babies!!! Read More

Bible Study.

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Again, this post has nothing to do with open adoption but everything to do with the marriage that is behind that open adoption. We were at a bible study when it was brought to my very clear attention (which I wish I would have learned a long time ago) that I was created by God and put in JJ’s life simply to show him Christ’s love through me. MIND.BLOWN. I walked away from that bible study thinking what a privilege I have. Me, simple Jessica, was created to show the love of Christ to JJ. Wow.  How do I do that? Read More