About


My journey continues to unravel and unfold. As of today, I am a single, working mom to four boys. I am a Jesus freak – idea junkie – crochet fanatic – lover of ice cream and diet dew – loved daughter, sister, godmother and friend. Most of all I’m just messy me.

In 2010, my (then) husband and I were ready for “one more” and ended up with triplet boys!  In November, Jaden (our then four-year old) became the proud big brother to Logan, Owen and Weston.  Our lives were forever changed!  Changing 20-25 diapers a day, feeding 56 oz of formula a day … the list is endless.

Just when we thought we were getting the ‘hang’ of life, we were flipped upside down and inside out.  The night of May 21, 2011 Owen was found in his crib not breathing and without a heartbeat.  I performed CPR until the paramedics arrived.  From there, he was in the hands of the doctors and God.  Doug and I walked a hard road with our families for five long days, wondering if our 6 month old baby boy would ever open his eyes again.  On May 26, 2011, our Owen was gone.  He donated his liver to a little girl in IL who was given more time.  His heart was given to a little girl in MN.

While we miss him every second of every day, we celebrate his life and what he was able to teach us during his short time on earth.  It’s not the length of your life that matters, but what you do with it.

Since Owen’s death, Doug and I have divorced. I have started to rebuild my life yet again. I have gone back to work at a small church Lutheran church. The boys continue to grow and drive me a little nuts every day. My story continues – struggles interrupt my life. But God is always good and love always wins.

My blog started out as a way to keep out-of-town family and friends updated on our crazy life.  While life is still crazy, this family blog is now a testament to family, life (the good and the bad) and about trying to be as best of a mother as I know how.  I try to be honest, whether its ugly or not.

When you see or wear orange, know that Owen is near!

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I’m now a contributor to MKE Moms Blog!!

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Check out this awesome site for mamas here: www.mkemomsblog.com  I’m proud to be a writer for this awesome community. Not only does it touch on the real struggle of motherhood, it also brings women into community across the U.S. Show us some love and like MKE Moms Blog on Facebook 🙂

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(I love hearing from readers)

19 responses to “About

  1. So fun to look at your registries. You have everything getting in order. When is the shower? Are you going to put all the boys in one crib? I only see one on the registry 🙂 I love looking at your blog! Hope all is well – miss your smile.

    • The Bissing shower is in two weeks. I think my mom is going to have a shower when the babies are home. It’ll be a meet and greet and then a chance to get the things we didn’t know we needed.

      I hope AZ is treating you well! Looks like you and the family are having a great time from what you post on facebook!

  2. I’m very excited to see how you and your family are doing and your crazy fun ride 🙂

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  4. Hello,

    We have currently launched a website, http://www.mothersnotes.com, about parenting and child education. The website content is created by members. Our objective is to create a collaborative platform that will help parents to achieve better communication with their kids, while helping authors financially with the share of ads revenue system.(Authors get share from the ads revenue)

    We would love to see you as one of the authors in the website. After registration process you can start posting articles. You are more than welcome to provide a link to your own website/blog in your posts.

    Here are links to some articles in our website that may interest you:
    The Marshmallow Test – http://mothersnotes.com/read/114/the-marshmallow-te
    The Bliss of My Eyes (a story to be continued..) – http://mothersnotes.com/read/100/the-bliss-of-my-ey

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    Warm regards,

    Kamer Guzel
    Primary editor, Mothersnotes.com

  5. Mom

    What a fun journey it has been to watch all of your boys grow! Happy Mother’s day!! Love you (but not as much as I love your sister)

  6. m

    Your story is my story.

  7. Hi there,

    Here at VIVOBAREFOOT we are strong advocates of the fact that kids’ feet need plenty of space to grow in their shoes. We have teamed up with Tracy Byrne, a leading Podiatrist who specializes in Podo-Paediatrics, to create a fun and colorful animation that explains the science behind our shoes, how it benefits children, and why barefoot really is best.

    It is estimated that 80% of foot problems are attributed to misshaped and inflexible shoes. Because of the high proportion of cartilage and other soft tissue, the developing foot can be deformed under the persistent pressure of wearing incorrectly shaped or rigid shoes. The child’s foot does not fully mature until age 18–19 for girls and 20–21 for boys and growing evidence supports that children’s shoes should be designed on the barefoot model.

    Please let me know if you would like any additional information on VIVOBAREFOOT. Also, feel free to re-post the video on your site if you are interested in sharing with your readers.

    Kind Regards,
    Connor

  8. Hi,

    Hope this finds you in the best of health.

    I am a student at Stanford University and have launched a social networking website for mums called MumGum.com – http://www.mumgum.com

    Here, they can share their thoughts, emotions and humorous stories about their kids with mums from their locality. I am sure that your audience would value such an information. I request you to review the website.

    Thanking you

    Sobby

  9. elizabeth behan

    i just found out about you and your beautiful family via the “2011 parents best” nominations. your story and strength are simultaneously heart-breaking and heart-warming. i wish you all peace and love.

    with warmest regards,
    elizabeth behan

  10. I also just found your blog through the Parents awards. I am the proud aunt to triplet boys (3 yrs old) and my heart goes out to you and your family for all your strength through your journey. I am the mother of a 5 month old baby girl and a strong believer in the Lord. I will send a prayer your way. ❤

  11. David C. Muller

    My wife and I are expecting a baby and my wife is a bit apprehensive when it comes to checking in/linking into blogs, therefore I want to set her up- we are due in January
    Please contact me at my email dcmisrael@aol.com so I can set her up to be able to read your blog and receive email updates.
    Thanks,
    DAVID

  12. I ALSO just found your blog through the Parents awards!! I’m so sorry for the loss of your little one! My little girl was born just 4 days after you lost little Owen. I love that you donated and gave life to other hopeful babies! From now on, I will always think of Owen when I wear orange! Your family is beautiful!

  13. I also found you through the Parents Best Blogs site. Your story is heartbreaking and hopeful, and your family gorgeous. I wish you so much comfort and grace.

  14. You are an inspiration. I’m glad I stumbled on your blog. I might have to add a quotables page to mine! I’m always finding, and then losing, wonderful quotes.

  15. My heart aches for your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I would love to speak with you sometime. You see, I just found your site as I was googling places named Owen to visit for a vacation. I was doing this because we lost our little baby boy named Owen on October 29,2011. We have also started a foundation in his memory called Honoring Angels Like Owen (H.A.L.O.). And coincidentally, we also use orange to represent our little Owen. We do this because his little stuffed monkey had an orange ribbon around its neck. That little monkey never left his side. We even burried him with a duplicate one (We wanted to keep the original). I would love to hear from you. I don’t believe finding this site is an accident. We have experienced so many “God things” since our loss. God has brought so many wonderful people into our lives who have helped us on our journey. I also have a blog that I just started last week. It is http://turntojoy.blogspot.com/ if you would like to read about our Little “O”. Feel free to contact me or call. My number is 334-328-1202. The website is honoringangelslikeowen.org. May God bless your family continually!
    Wendy Blakley

  16. Katie

    I have been reading your blog for the past year. I think your story really touched my heart. I also feel energized by your strong faith. I am now the mother of 3 sons. My 3rd son was born in Dec. 2012 and we named him Owen. I loved the strong name and I feel a little connection to your little angel Owen. May God always bless your family. You are a role model mother for me:)

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