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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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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