Posts in category Parenting


Rejection and Failure

I’m somewhere between a third and halfway done with my book project (shameless plug: sign up on the right side of this page to be notified when it’s ready). I’ll try to post an excerpt for the internet’s review next week. Writing a book is hard, you guys….but it’s also a lot of fun. I’m excited to finish the thing and see what the world thinks.

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All aboard The Struggle Bus – the book is coming

I’m still in shock over the amount of attention that the Craigslist post has received. Amazing. What’s been even more amazing is the number of positive, encouraging messages I’ve received from all over the country. The Struggle Bus–the van that, prior to its cleaning, was referred to as a “rolling dumpster”–has a fan club. That gives me much joy. Thank you, internet world. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, or if you’d like to read some Struggle Bus-related news, I’ve added some links at the bottom of this post.

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Lessons from Kenya: helping

During our first trip to Kenya, I noticed that very few of the kids in the villages wore shoes. Thinking it would be a nice gesture to buy shoes for a few of of the kids, I asked our Kenyan guide where I could purchase some.

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Update on Isaiah

As word has gotten out about our week, it has gotten a bit challenging to return all the texts, messages, calls, etc. Sorry, everyone. So, I thought it might be more efficient to use this blog for one of its intended purposes: update family and friends on our little world. For those of you wondering, here’s a synopsis of our last few days:

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College Station Road Trip 2015. It could’ve gone better.

Warning: this is not my usual post. It’s long and anti-climactic. I typed it up mainly to share the story of our trip with our family. Then, I thought, “Perhaps others will get some joy from our misery.”

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How we balance life (a summary of our M.O.P.S. talk on 10/21)

2006. That was the last year anyone could possibly describe our family as “normal.” 2007 and beyond–not so much. Between June of 2007 and March of 2009, our family doubled in size from 4 to 8. All six kids of ours were under the age of six years old. Four of them were still wearing diapers. Goodbye, normal (*shameless plug* read more about that journey in my book). Not too long after, our family grew by one more. Here’s the ultra-short version of that story: our teenage neighbor found herself in a tough spot in need of a change. That change ended up being a move into our house. Hello, insanity. Our life was crazy, and we loved it. Fast forward to 2015. We now have 8 kids at home, ages 11, 9, 9, 8, 8, 6, 1, and 1 month. Our favorite teenager is living it up in College Station as an awesome Aggie at A&M.

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