Stacy grew up in Minnesota, but spent the next several years of her life traversing the globe, temporarily setting down roots anywhere and everywhere. Stacy is extremely passionate about the world of adoption and foster care, having spent a year in Uganda adopting her oldest daughter in 2008. Stacy married her husband Jesse in 2011, and they moved to Oklahoma City to grow their family. After a brief hiatus in Minnesota, Stacy and her beloved family of five returned to Oklahoma City in June of 2017. They are thrilled to be back "home" where sweet tea flows like water and they can fully embrace saying "Y'all". Stacy obtained a Master’s degree in child psychology in 2007, but currently uses it only on her own children! A stay-at-home mama since Baby #3 was born, Stacy has stayed busy keeping her children alive and relatively entertained. She loves her little crazy crew fiercely and is enjoying returning to all of their favorite local haunts. When she’s not chasing her kiddos, Stacy is likely traveling or daydreaming about traveling. She also enjoys coffee shops, copious amounts of “cop drama” shows, and perusing pinterest for ideas that have little chance of ever getting done. But they’re good to have. Just in case.

Day Trip: Stockholm and Maiden Rock, Wisconsin

At just over an hour from Rochester, Stockholm and Maiden Rock are totally worth a day trip. Wineries and scenery make this a great location for a date.
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Rochester MN Guide to K-12 Education

Making a school decision for kindergarten shouldn't have to be stress-filled. Here is a guide to the options in Rochester MN for your child's education.
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The Plastic Lime on My Floor: A Story of Getting By

That was enough, right? I was getting by. I couldn't even remember what I enjoyed doing for myself, much less actually partaking in self-care.
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“It’s Just a Phase!” : My Least Favorite Childhood Phases

Since it is hard to find the humor while you're in the thick of a "phase", I am going to share some of my least favorite childhood "phases" with you!
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Fearless No More: A Life Deeply Valued

I used to be fearless. "Fun" was jumping out of planes or whitewater rafting. Danger potential was never part of my thought process until I became a parent.
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Yes Parenting: Why I Started, Stopped, and Why I Need to Get Back

During a time of transition, I also made a decision to try out a new parenting style. "Yes" parenting. I said "yes." To everything. All the time.
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5 Things My Internationally Adopted Tween Wants YOU to Know

These are 5 things that my internationally adopted tween wants you to know about her experience growing up in a transracial adoptive family.
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Ode to My Grammy: Getting it Right the First Time

  Growing up, I was very blessed to be close with at least one of my sets of grandparents. Though we never lived in the same state, visits were frequent and letters were a way of...

Back To School: When Firsts And Lasts Collide

EVERYTHING changes when school starts again. There are new teachers, new groups of friends, and new things to learn. There are a lot of firsts and lasts.
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The Summer Unicorn

Every year I look for the glorious, beautiful, not-quite-reachable unicorn that I can't stop thinking about! Summer is magical. I can't wait to have all three of my kiddos at home, all day, every day, to spend time together.