Rachel Summey

Rachel has been a mother for nearly a decade!. When she has all 3 of her kids at the grocery store she is inevitably told that she has her hands full (she does). Her heart is full too, from: exploring foreign cities with Tim (married in '05), adventurous eating with Lowell (10yo), living room dance parties with Ansel (8yo) and taking orders from her adorable drill sergeant, Rosen (6yo). When loss disrupted her life in her early 20's, Rachel gained a new perspective. Her experience means she has more candor than tact, she tells her kids the truth about life and death, she has a passion for people with broken hearts. Her life experiences have also motivated her to help launch a new ministry at her church for grieving kids to find support after death of a loved one.

Journaling to #Stoptime

The passage of time is so painful at times. This week my heart has been full of grief as I prepared for my oldest child to turn 10. Joy for who he is and...
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My Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition

For the last eight years - since my oldest was about one year old - our little family has experimented with setting family traditions. At Thanksgiving the traditions seem easier because there wasn't a...
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Hand to Hold :: A Powerful Resource for NICU Families

If you have had a baby in the NICU, or if you have a friend who has had a baby in the NICU, then you MUST listen to the podcast NICU Now. This podcast...

Foster Care Still Makes Me Cry

It has been nine months since our last foster placement left our home, and I am still prone to cry about her when I think of her. This coming month it feels more acute...
Celebrate Milestones

How to Celebrate Milestones For and With Your Child

A few years ago when my oldest was heading off to Kindergarten, some friends and I brainstormed on how we could celebrate our kids (all boys) to encourage them before they started school. We landed...

Secret Favorite Things Party

One of my favorite things I've done with my friends recently is a Favorite Things Party. If you haven't been to one before, it's a party where (like Secret Santa) you have a person...

Goat Milk Formula for Baby :: Kabrita USA

**This post has been sponsored by Kabrita USA to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** I was a breastfeeding mom to my three biological kids before our family started fostering. I...

Summer Bucket List Alternatives

I have never told anyone this. I don't want to tell, because I don't want to steal the joy from all the people who love a great bucket list of fun summertime activities to...
The Kids' Playlist

The Kids’ Playlist :: Parent-Friendly Songs

Last month I wrote a post on great books about strong girls/women that my family loves to read together. Our family also loves listening to music together, keeping it on in the background. Below...
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Youth Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course in Dallas {+Giveaway!}

**This post has been sponsored by Youth Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!** My 9-year-old son can climb anything -- and he does. A few years...
Trinity Christian Academy

Trinity Christian Academy :: The Right Choice for our Family

**This post is sponsored by Trinity Christian Academy to bring you this experience.  All opinions are 100% our own!**   One Trinity Christian Academy parent shares her story of moving her kids from public school to...
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The {Ultimate} Guide to Great Books for Strong Girls

In our house, we don't believe that by elevating women we are dragging men low. My husband and son love reading about these strong women who changed the course of history just as much...