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Murrays Meet Mountains


My boys have begged to fly on an airplane since they could talk. We used to take them to the airport just to give them a taste, but they’ve never had the feeling of the power of a take off, or being in the clouds, or traveling at 500 miles per hour. In fact, we didn’t have any plans at all for making their dream a reality, because flying with 6 involves spending a small fortune.


Late one Friday night my friend Adrienne found one-way tickets to Denver for $25 a pop. I thought it was a scam, or some sort of glitch, but it turned out to be legit, and something Brad and I couldn’t pass up for our family.

Could have we used that money for a new mattress, flooring, savings, GROCERIES?  We certainly could have, but no one talks about their mattress for years to come and groceries are gone in less than a week. An opportunity to introduce all of my boys to the Rocky Mountains for the price of one airline ticket – how could we not go for it? 

I think the video captures the enthusiasm pretty well from us telling the boys the other night…

So in a couple of weeks we’ll make a quick 3 night adventure to Colorado! We’re had such a great experience with Drury Inn for our St. Louis trip that we decided to partner with them again for our accommodations in Denver. We’re excited to check out the newly opened Drury Inn in Stapleton.

We hope to do as much outdoors as possible and take in all the beauty of the area. So far we’re planning a day in Colorado Springs at the Garden of the Gods, but that’s the only thing we have on our agenda.

We’ve never been to Colorado before, outside of the Denver airport, so we’re up for suggestions and MUST SEEs! Thanks in advance for your awesome sightseeing suggestions, food recommendations, and any other travel tips you’d be willing to offer.


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You are growing up before my eyes. You made me a mama on this day eight years ago

Happy Birthday, Henry, Brooks, Clark, and Isaac.

And I cannot put it into words how thankful I am for your lives I get to share with you. You are loved. You are so loved. 

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How Life Has Changed Since Becoming a School Mom {Or Not}


We are into our 4th week of school and one of the biggest adjustments of our lives, and Brad and I are still pinching ourselves over how well smoothly it’s running.  No tears, no complaints, no reluctance – is this just honeymoon newbie school phase still? 

People keep stopping to ask me what I’m doing with ALL my “free time”. 

I have to hold back my chuckle, because I think they are picturing me laying out by the pool, magazine in hand, dosing off, and aimlessly waiting until it’s time to go line up in the car pick-up line. It’s as if all of my responsibilities vanished with the school enrollment.

Not. So. Much.

So what looks the same and what looks different?  Here’s a little of what I’ve experienced these past few weeks…

  • There is a measure of quiet that I haven’t experienced in 7 years. It’s eerie but refreshing at the same time. 
  • I still cannot get on top of my laundry. I do laundry {nearly} daily and just never get caught up.  I’ve resigned to it being my lot in life.
  • I’ve packed 72 lunches so far.  So glad I have a cheat-sheet when I’m all out of ideas.
  • We’re up and at ’em much earlier.  Out the door by 7:50 is getting us to bed earlier and the morning routine has been a good change rather than a dreaded one so far.
  • I’ve had several lunch dates/business meetings with Brad.  I’m thankful for the opportunity to be more involved with his business and I’m so excited for his newly launched Whirl Sites. They’ve knocked it out of the park with this one!  Check it out and pass it along to those you might know who need an affordable web solution with most of the advantages of a custom-built site!
  • I still cannot stock my pantry and fridge with enough food. The dudes are always hungry.
  • I’ve been able to dedicate more time to my Young Living biz.  It’s growing like wildfire, y’all.  So thankful for not only the paycheck that is an absolute bonus and provision, but for the opportunity to invest in others and help them find answers for all sorts of health issues from the minor to the major. People who I’ve introduced to essential oils are off allergy meds, migraine meds, sleeping better, getting relief from anxiety, and boosting their family’s immunity.  I’m just floored that I get to have a small part in it!
  • Life has been less survival mode, and more doggie paddling over sinking.
  •  I’ve been able to pursue relationships better, something that I have lacked balance in the last few years.
  •  I still haven’t “caught up”.  My closets need cleaned out, my house needs dusted, my fridge needs cleaned, etc.  I thought the cleaning fairy would come over to keep me company, but she’s a no-show.
  • I’m not all put together. I feel accomplished when we all get to school with 4 backpacks, 4 lunches, 4 signed assignment notebooks, and 4 homework folders in the van and into the school parking lot on time. Perfect hair, makeup, and fashion to go with this circus just aren’t realistic or a priority.
  • I’ve learned the lesson of not buying shoes at a box store.  New brand name shoes ripping apart in 2 weeks is not acceptable in this mom’s book.
  •  I actually LOVE the car pick up line.  Don’t throw anything at your computer. No really, put down that coffee mug you are starting to chuck.  I know it’s newbie school mom love, but it’s a time that no one is demanding anything from me that I can guiltlessly check Facebook or read a few pages on my Kindle that survived the bathtub swimming session!
  • Time still flies.  I mean honestly, how is it 3:30 soooooo fast? I thought the days would be long, but turns out they fly by just as quickly.
  • I miss them. It’s not a emptiness/sadness/loss feeling like I anticipated, but it’s still bizarre  having hours without them when I’ve been with them since their exit from the NICU.

All that said I think we’re adjusting and finding a new rhythm.  It’s certainly not perfect and there are things we miss about our homeschool lifestyle, but overall it’s been a really good fit for all of us.  Thanks for supporting us and cheering us on as we continue to figure out what’s best for our boys. 

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