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Makeover Monday…

October 3, 2022
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Because I get bored, and we have been at home constantly for the past years, I have been changing things up around the house… I am working my way through the house, but first I wanted to update our boring living room. Change is good! Last year, our living room looked like this, during the…

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Makeover Monday…

October 3, 2022
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Because I get bored, and we have been at home constantly for the past years, I have been changing things up around the house… I am working my way through the house, but first I wanted to update our boring living room. Change is good! Last year, our living room looked like this, during the…

I am back…

September 1, 2022
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What was going to be a short break to focus on my family turned into years! I have missed this space, and connecting with readers, and leaving memories here, and writing all the words I have been thinking. If you are new here, or if you just haven’t been in a while because there were…

Hello!

February 1, 2021

Hi there, and welcome to my little corner of the interwebs… If you followed this blog years ago, welcome back! If you are new here, welcome! I’m glad you are here. I am Joanna, and I write the words here at Crafty Nester… there are words about adoption, about parenting, and words about parenting kids…

Wordless Wednesday…Many Faces

June 26, 2019

This Little Heart…

June 24, 2019

This little heart of ours, we’re gonna make it shine. 💙💚 A heart transplant is not a cure for heart disease… it is essentially trading one heart disease for a better, more manageable one. Paisley will take immune suppressing meds every 12 hours for the rest of her life so her body doesn’t try to…

Sunday…

June 23, 2019

I don’t want my kids safe and comfortable. I want them BRAVE… I don’t want to be the reason my kids choose safety over courage. I hope I never hear them say “Mom will freak out” or “my parents will never agree to this.” May my fear not bind their purpose here. Scared moms raise…

Friday Phone Dump…

June 21, 2019

Sometimes, you just have to eat barbecue ribs for breakfast… He is a good brother… First sleep away camp is in the books. She loved it…mom did not. He might be cooler than all of us… I could watch him sleep all day. When your sister has a book that plays Frozen songs, and you…

Kindergarten Graduate Pictures…

June 13, 2019

Kindergarten grad, 2019… I’m here because of my heart donor.

Wordless Wednesday…Last Day!

June 12, 2019

Sunday…

June 9, 2019

Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered. ~Wes Angelozzi

Graduating Kindergarten (An Open Letter)

June 8, 2019

To the mother of my daughter’s heart… This next week our girl will graduate kindergarten.Just over three years ago school wasn’t a thing we even dared to wish for her… But here she is… she is learning to read, she has friends, her teachers love her, she is full of sass and joy and life…