Category: Mindset

Becoming Foster Parents (Again)

Becoming Foster Parents (Again)

I’m excited to be bouncing back to the topic of foster and adoptive parenting today. This post has been a long time coming!

For those who were not aware, both of our sons were adopted from foster care. Parenting these boys has been the craziest and most amazing adventure in our lives (and our adventures have been many, if I do say so myself).

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2020 Photo Essay

2020 Photo Essay

Inspired by a lovely photo essay from my world-traveling bestie, I decided it would make me feel slightly less bummed about the poop fest that was this past year if I assembled something similar for myself.

In an effort to make this a positive venture, I have omitted photos of me at my office sweating in uncomfortable PPE, me wearing the same pair of stretchy pants day and night for weeks on end, and me crying in the garage with the lights off. But you can rest assured that all those things did happen, because this was 2020.

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How Outdoor Adventuring Prepared Us for a Quarantine

How Outdoor Adventuring Prepared Us for a Quarantine

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware that much of the world has recently been under various degrees of stay-at-home orders, lock-downs, and quarantines.

The major disruption in our area has lasted about 6-8 weeks (so far). While this is far from ideal and not nearly as fun as being on a 6-week-long outdoor adventure, I’m pleased to report that our many years of backpacking, trail running, skiing, etc. in the great outdoors has left us better prepared for this than one might expect.

Here’s why:

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The Spooky Truth About “Emergency Funds”

The Spooky Truth About “Emergency Funds”

Happy Halloween, everyone! Okay, I admit it: I published this today mostly so I could use “spooky” in the title.

If you’re just here to find out what we keep in cash in our emergency fund: it’s $22,635.00. You may now go back to eating all the good candy out of the stash your kids brought home. But if you’re interested in more information on this topic, read on.

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Home Rehab in Progress (Before & After Pics)

Home Rehab in Progress (Before & After Pics)

As I mentioned in a recent post, we’ve been doing a lot of work on our current home, with the intention of selling it before our oldest goes to high school.

Things still on the to-do list include new exterior doors and replacement of two light fixtures in the living room (all scheduled for this month). Guest bathroom updates and new flooring are on the “maybe” list. A new heather and AC unit are being installed as I write this.

Several of you asked for more info and better pictures of what we’ve done so far, so here we go (enjoy!):

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Building, Remodeling, and Getting a Real Estate License

Building, Remodeling, and Getting a Real Estate License

Wow time is flying! I really had every intention when I started this blog of posting once a week. HAHAHAHAHAAAAA! *wipes tears from eyes*

I guess once a month is going to have to suffice for now. As if two jobs and two kids and the usual summer travel and training for another endurance race aren’t enough, we’ve added the funtivities mentioned in the title to our list.

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