The Stone Twins turn TWO

Yesterday we celebrated two whole years with our darling daughters. Birthdays are great for so many reasons, one of them being a time of reflection.

Parenthood has a way of messing with our sense of time. The nights of broken sleep seem endless. The hours of feeling relentlessly needed seem like slow ships passing by. Yet, we blink and a year has passed.

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WARNING: Do Not Skim Read This

Fight the temptation to skim this article. I will try to keep this short, I promise. Have you ever stopped to notice how often you skim read? I have, and it scares me.


Skim reading used to be a, something that helped us search for information and learn faster. Today, skim reading tends to be our go-to

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Adaptations: Thriving with Special Needs

Being a mom of special needs has taught me to see the world differently. Part of loving my child means celebrating where they are right now, instead of getting lost in other people’s expectations. This means not giving up, and changing the way we approach things. I want to share a bit about what this means for our lives, and I will include an example of how to adapt a common children’s toy.

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When Trauma Touches Your Life

Have you ever felt like you’ve moved past something, and then suddenly your blindsided? Pain, past memories, or fears hit you again and again like relenteless waves. Trauma takes a strong grip on multiple layers of our lives. If we are not careful, it can suffocate us.

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Big News and Building Roots

We have some WONDERFUL news to share with you (again!) Before I get to our announcement, I want to quickly recap where we have been.

If you have been following our family for awhile, you understand that our “norm” is chaos. From medical complications to cross-country moves, we haven’t been “settled” for several years.

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Not Enough, Forever Waiting, and the Motherless

This post is dedicated to all mothers, all those who are waiting to be mothers, and all those who have lost their mother. Mother’s Day is big enough to hold our joyful celebrations and our sorrows. Our feelings of inadequacy, grief, anger, or triumph all merge together on this May 12th.

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Miracles Happen

Have you witnessed a miracle lately? You are about to right now.


I used to think miracles happened to those who believe, but my husband and I did not believe. We stopped praying, we pushed the dream out of our heads, and we moved on. I do not know why God chose to be so incredibly gracious to us, but He did.

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The Missing Stage of Grief: Claire and Jon’s Story- Part 2

1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility. My name is Claire, and my husband Jon and I are the 1 in that statistic. We are not just a number though, our journey has been very personal, gut-wrenching, and hard.

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The Missing Stage of Grief: Claire and Jon’s Story- Part 1

Sharing one’s journey through infertility is no easy task. Lies surround you, taunting you to feel shame for your struggle to conceive, and telling you to  keep this struggle to yourself. You wonder what people would think if they knew you were “one of those couples.”

My name is Claire, and my husband Jon and I are one of

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