Messy Everyday Life

Exciting new, The Unexpected Ever Afters, now has a pinterest page! You can find us at https://www.pinterest.com/theunexpectedeverafters/.  We are excited to have another way to reach readers and to share our stories and experiences! As Wendi and I were putting together our Pinterest page, we added a brief description of our blog: “The vision behind …

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Wandering Thoughts of a Semi-Bored Mom

This past weekend, I played the game Hungry Hungry Hippos with my kids.  This is the exceptionally straightforward game with four colorful hippos and a ton of marbles which create a lot of noise and chaos for about a minute while each player tries to gobble up marbles before the game comes to an anticlimactic …

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Be the Person You Want to Be: A Day In the Life of a Social Worker

I experienced a particularly tough day at work.  I am a school social worker, so my job is full of ups and downs.  But, this day was especially heavy on my heart. The day was full of minor frustrations, the kind that wouldn’t be too much on their own but together they compounded. Then an …

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Just Do the Best You Can – A Bad Day in Parenting

I had one of those days where nothing was going as planned.  I had already shouted at the kids more times than I could count, and the tears from both of them seemed endless and unnecessary.  I literally spent 15 minutes with a mini screwdriver and a light-up car trying to fix a piece of …

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Resets – Life Lesson from a Toddler

It feels as if my life is on super-speed this season. Thanksgiving came and went, but in addition to the typical holiday excitement and stress, it also brought with it a good old-fashioned North Dakota snow storm. We had barely shoveled out of that when December came crashing in with work expectations, school expectations, social …

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Unexpected Moments of Unrestricted Joy

Sometimes I think it is easy to feel disappointed.  It can seem as if one bad thing is happening after another, and even the best moments seem to not quite meet expectations.  I find that there is an - expectation→ anticipation→ disappointment - loop that occasionally tries to take over, and it can often succeed …

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Jessica’s Unexpected Ever Afters

It did not take me long to fall into the same trap as the majority of other social media users, I created the perfect online life.  According to my Facebook, I always look good; pictures taken in ideal lighting, from the correct above-angle, while wearing cute clothes.  My children are beyond perfect; they sit quietly …

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