Cover Girl {Land of Nod Style}

This month, Bella graced the cover of the Land of Nod‘s catalog. Then we all died of the cute.

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She was so, so excited. It was a surprise to her (they’d let me know a few weeks before they planned on using that shot) and I brought it home one morning from work and handed it to her.

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The Softest PlayDough Ever – in Just Three Ingredients

Three Ingredients for the Softest PlayDough Ever Last night Bella and I made 3 batches of this soft playdough with only 3 ingredients. It was so simple I had to share. It’s based off the popular pin that uses hair conditioner and cornstarch, but the conditioner ended up making both our hands and arms itchy. I switched to unscented lotion instead and it worked wonderfully. It also left our hands feeling wonderful – a plus in this dry climate.

Here’s how to make this three ingredient, super soft playdough.

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Thoughts and Favorites on a Sunday

I’m playing around with Amazon’s affiliate program to see what I think, so some of these will be affiliate links. It pays me a small percent from anything purchased. Thanks! 

Today I ordered Kaden’s birth certificate.

It’s taken me nearly 5 months to do that. I suppose the hospitals give you one usually. If you leave and your baby is still alive. I don’t remember anymore.

I had to do this for Preston and Julian too. The funeral home gives us the death, we have to order the birth. Even though I’m just sitting here typing words into the site, it’s like someone is taking a hammer to my heart and screaming, “MAKE IT STOP HE SHOULD BE HERE.”

Instead I get to order them so we can get his life insurance. Isn’t that nice? We get more money because another child of ours died.

We just stuck the twin’s money in savings after making a few donations. Neither Sam or I had any idea what to do with it, but it ended up helping us tremendously in Dallas for Kaden.

I feel angry just thinking about how messed up that all is.

Maybe we’ll use some of it to take Bella on a trip this year.

Christmas Tree

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Our Land of Nod Homeschool Room Tour

Our Land of Nod Homeschool Room Tour

At laaaaast, our room has come aloooooong

#sorrynotsorry #dorkalert

But without singing anymore, here it is, the official Land of Nod Homeschool Room. I showed you the before, and this past week I have been editing photos and trying to figure out which of the 2,485 after pics to put in here. Boy do I ever wish I had the Babble slideshow stuff on my blog right now.

So without further adieu, welcome:

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4 Years Ago

4 years ago today I sat down on a clunky desktop and typed out this post. I was tired. I was bored. I was stuck inside all day with a 2 month old.

I missed writing and had been sucked into blogs by Beth Anne and Ashley‘s way of writing their lives for an audience.

4 years.

How long did I struggle with coming to terms of writing on here?

This has been a much different story on here than I imagined 4 years ago. I never thought I’d have documented almost losing our first home, watching Sam rejoin the military, a move to El Paso, or deciding to homeschool.

I’ve chronicled Bella’s life and her milestones, announced twins, an adoption, and another baby. This blog holds three of the start to finish lives of my sons. I’ve cried and grieved and railed against God. I’ve fallen in love with my husband all over again and again.

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