• My Loud Dishwasher

    My Loud Dishwasher

    Most of my adult life I have been washing dishes by hand. I know it shocking that there are people in AMERICA in the 21st century that do not have dishwashers, but it's true! I

  • Meeting a Project Runway Fashion Designer

    Meeting a Project Runway Fashion Designer

    A couple years ago my best friend called me to let me know that there was a deaf designer on Project Runway that signed and had a cochlear implant. I had never watched the show

  • 15 Years Ago I Wasn’t Quite In Love

    15 Years Ago I Wasn’t Quite In Love

    This is a really exciting year for me you guys. I am a bit of a romantic, and while most of our anniversaries are low key, the 5th and the 10th were unforgettable. Seriously. My

Baby Elle 5 Months

By | April 29th, 2016|Categories: My Life|Tags: , , , |

Here we are on the tippy tail end of Aril and Elle is closer to 6 months than she is to 5, but I haven't posted an update yet. At 5 months she weighed 17 pounds.

Messy Blog

By | April 11th, 2016|Categories: My Life|Tags: , , , , |

Every once in a while I have to do some house keeping on the blog. If you know me, or even if you just note the name of my blog, I am not that great

Personality Tests

By | March 30th, 2016|Categories: My Life, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

I have been reading H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick while we are out of town for spring break and it has been really enlightening. In the chapter "A Habit of Self- Discovery" Lomenick suggests several different

Elle at 4 months

By | March 11th, 2016|Categories: Babies, My Life|

Elle has had a major growth spurt over the past month. It's like someone pulled the cord on a self inflating raft and she just instantly filled out. She is currently sitting at 14 pounds

I’m Back… Hopefully

By | February 9th, 2016|Categories: My Life|

Things have been a little crazy at messymom.com. Mostly because of technical issues causing my website to crash repeatedly all day every day. So if you come to MessyMom.com and it looks like it no longer

Acknowledging the Self Control Crisis

By | February 2nd, 2016|Categories: My Life, Parenting Tips, Uncategorized|

I recently did a book review of Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson. I mentioned the idea presented in the book to choose two character traits that you would want to be the main focus in your

Messy Mom 2015 Book Reviews

By | January 12th, 2016|Categories: My Life, Uncategorized|

  Last year I did multiple posts reviewing and rating the books that I read in 2014. The next year I had the best of intentions to take notes as I read. I wanted to be

Top 10 Ways You Know You Are Obsessed With the Docuseries “Making a Murderer”

By | January 8th, 2016|Categories: My Life, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

I hardly ever watch any TV and maybe that's because when I do get into a show I really get into it.   So maybe you have heard of the new series on Netflix called


By | January 4th, 2016|Categories: My Life, Pregnancy & Birth, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

I wasn't going to do a word for the year this year, but then God just sort of dropped this in my lap and was like Yes you are. The first way the word "Next"

This Time is Different

By | December 28th, 2015|Categories: Babies, Hearing Loss, My Life, Special Needs|Tags: , , , , |

I sat in the exam room with a  tightness in my throat. I had felt fine, but as the reality of it all sank in the emotions rose up. I began to cry hot tears.

Awaiting the ABR… Again

By | December 16th, 2015|Categories: Babies, Hearing Loss, My Life, Pregnancy & Birth|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Elle is now 5 weeks old. She had her one month check up this week and is now 10 pounds 22 inches. The Doctor has been extremely impressed by her growth. Here is a side

The Haircuts

By | December 10th, 2015|Categories: My Life|

I wanted to do a full blown photoshoot of SJ and I with our new haircuts, but I don't see it happening anytime soon. It gets dark so early and we're all busy with the


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