When I woke up today, I came across “The 20 Best Parenting MeMes of 2017” made by Good Housekeeping. As any parent can imagine, I was laughing out loud, in bed, by myself. Immediately, I knew I needed to share this moment with my “Mom’s Group.” If there was a group of ladies that had to see this, could relate to every one of these meme’s – it was them.
Christmas was magical for me growing up. I still want to fall asleep to the glowing lights on the decorated tree. Making special holiday moments is exciting for me as a parent. However, with three kiddos, I am finding my time and money tight. I wanted to do fun and exciting traditions, that don’t break my bank and highlight my favorite parts of Christmas.
As much as Christmas is magical to me, so are books. So, this year I was inspired to do a Christmas count down using books. The idea came from another momma blogger – The Sweeter Side of Motherhood. However, I did not have the budget to buy 25 new brand new books! Instead, I decided to head to a few local thrift stores and see what I could find regarding Christmas books. To my surprise, there were tons and many of the places I visited even set aside the Christmas books making it super easy to skim through to pick out what I wanted.
“This is Hard. This is fun.” – Carol Dweck
This weekend, the boys and I created our own robot. I am talking electrical engineering kind of robot building. We included batteries and used red and black wires. We even added electrical tape. It was hard. And it was exhilarating. Together, we constructed a mini bot that had an on/off switch, a 3-volt motor, and moved in a circle.
With this awesome invention in mind, I should make a few confessions. First, I have always put myself in the category as “not the science girl.” It wasn’t my thing growing up. Second, I not only put myself in a category of not being a science person, but I had a belief that intellegence was fixed. Therefore, I believed, you could try hard and do the best you could with what you were given, but your smarts were never going to change.
“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
It’s 4:00. My children have been at school all day. As they walk down our driveway, their legs are heavy. I wonder if they will even make it inside. They toss their backpacks on the floor, tear their shoes off, and run into our playroom. I am shocked. While my annoyance that they didn’t put their backpacks on the hook and now their stinky shoes are thrown in four different directions, my curiosity causes me to pause. I watch. Both my sons, do not want to eat, they do not want to watch shows, they wanted to play.
If I could, I would go back to tell myself a few pieces of hearing loss advice. In the aftermath of finding out about our child’s hearing loss, we were a world wind of emotion. Here we were loving our growing family and holding our sweet newborn, and yet on the other hand, I felt lost in grief, finding myself in an abyss of fear and shame. The fear felt heavy and the shame felt debilitating. Continue reading “Hearing Loss Advice I Wish I Had Known”
I love hiking. I love everything that comes with hiking – a good workout, exploring, discovering something new, the challenge, and being in a place that nobody has ever been to before. Before we had children Matthew and I hiked a lot. One of our favorite places to hike was in the Mountains of North Carolina.
My dad has created a legacy. It is one that is filled with wisdom and truth. Lessons I have learned over time, have come naturally pouring out of me as I parent my own children. Lessons of character, identity, and devotion. Continue reading “When Your Dad Leaves a Legacy, You Let Him Know, and The World”
My family gets asked often: What is that in their ears, and what does a hearing aid do?
We love when people ask us this question. It gives us the opportunity to share with others about hearing aids, hearing loss, and how they work. Specifically, we get the chance to educate, model, and advocate. We get that people are curious – adults included. Hearing aids are incredible pieces of technology, who wouldn’t want to know more?
Continue reading “Hearing Aid Basics: What Does a Hearing Aid Do?”
Fear and Shame
Fear and shame will be topics that I will keep coming back to over and over again. Social Worker, speaker and author, Brene Brown said in her book Daring Greatly, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
So, here I am.
Continue reading “Facing Fears Through Vulnerable Sharing”
Our story with hearing loss began when our second child was born. Ayden was diagnosed with mild to moderate, permanent, hearing loss in both ears. I had no idea what our lives would look like. Additionally, I did not know a single person who wore hearing aids. Our thoughts began to spiral to shame and fear: would he be able to enjoy music, connect with his siblings, or play on at the park without getting picked on?