after school beach days

Life’s been crazy busy. This kid playing soccer, this one has music, etc. But, we usually have one day a week after school where everyone is available. So we decided on those days we will enjoy where we live by heading to the ocean. If you haven’t been able to tell yet, we love water.

Maybe it’s not the ocean for you, but are you being intentional to make the most out of where you live? Try it! It’s been such a blessing!

kira is TEN

70124411_10156633117027666_3542624278555918336_o70513325_10156633117422666_5058138351199059968_n70402322_10156633117147666_5342248548043849728_o70764242_10156633117482666_2944733121209171968_o70708529_10156633116962666_2424953408793346048_o70296486_10156633117092666_6418384150591438848_o70731935_10156633117307666_8917179922787598336_o  To celebrate, we had a sleepover with her friends. During that time, they decided to make an epic music video. You can watch that here.. https://www.facebook.com/jenny.schartner/videos/vb.562107665/10156649450707666/?type=3

 

 

summa summa

Some highlights from our summer. This time of year is so precious for us. We have the chance to spend time with our children and as a family everyday! I always am trying to find that balance between working and playing. This summer I felt it was actually easier, so I am thankful for all […]

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jax turns 6

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foster care awareness month

Hi there! First of all, sorry I have been a bit radio silent over here lately. There has been so much going on.. and I haven’t had the opportunity to sit and write. May is a great month! One, because summer is around the corner. I LOVE SUMMER! Another reason is because it is Foster […]

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baby steps

When this little boy first came to our home he would react in ways that didn’t make sense. For example, if there was an emotional moment (happy or sad) in a movie or tv show… he often times would do something odd like punch the person closest to him or go in his room and […]

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give me a break

Give me a break.. Give me a break.. break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar! Actually.. we do utilize chocolate therapy quite often… but this post isn’t about that today. I am learning after almost 15 years of marriage… we need breaks! We need to be able to get away together (and […]

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ellie turns 11

I don’t know what it is about this year.. but Ellie has seem to have grown SO MUCH. She is truly a gift. And while some aspects of the preteens haven’t been easy… I could go on for days about how proud I am of the young woman she is becoming. Happiest of birthdays to […]

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happy new year

Tried to slow down and take a few minutes to soak in the last day of this year. 2018, like most years, was eventful. I had moments of overwhelming gratitude for this life I live and others where I found myself discouraged and defeated. I made some really great memories with my kids, but other […]

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pulling weeds, planting seeds

I’m not going to lie… I am really discouraged. It was one of those days I couldn’t quite see the light at the end of the tunnel.. 😭 which for me is pretty bad because I’m usually the “upside” kinda girl. I committed to doing this “what are you grateful for today” thing every day in November […]

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