My Wish

Today the man in my life turns 33.  He kissed me for the first time just 6 days before he turned 18. We watched our wedding video the other day.  Two young kids, not a wrinkle between us, proclaiming that we would love each other like Christ and he would support me financially, and I would support his dreams. This comes easy when you are 20 and 22.   Fast forward to just 4 or 5 days ago when a friend …

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Best American Hotel Chains for Families

One of the reasons that parents don’t travel with small children is they are worried about where to stay.  I like my personal space, too, but I also want to know my kids are safe and secure.  We do travel on a budget, but we also don’t want to stay at a Rodeway Inn with 3 kids.  I know other moms and dads struggle with this, too, so I thought I’d combine my expertise as a former travel agent and couple that with my travel history.  …

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Five Things Your Firstborn Will Teach You About Life

Jackson turned 5 last week.  Somedays it’s hard to believe he is not the skinny, sleepless baby that we brought home from the hospital. Other days it’s hard to believe we have survived 5 years as parents!  As I was cleaning today, I was reflecting on how much life has changed since little Yoder Toter arrived!  Here’s 5 things he has taught me- and you probably learned some of the same things when you brought home your first little bubby. …

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Why we should revert to 1950s housewives

There is always talk among the mothering community about the 1950s, June Cleaver, stereotypical housewife.  We’re not sure if we want to revert back or not.  I’ve read books telling us we should always put on make-up and freshen ourselves up before our husband gets home (which by the way I do try to do at least 50% of the time, notsomuch in the winter when I’m in leggings and Uggs all day) but I’ve also read books and blogs …

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Travel Bucket List 2015

  There is nothing like the mid-January blues to have you dreaming of new places and spaces. We have a BIG trip planned for early 2016 (More to come on that, later), so travel this year will be a little more sparse as we save up for that one. I’m not really big on posting places I “want” to go that aren’t realistic.  Otherwise this list would be much much longer! Nonetheless, I do have some plans under my belt. …

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