hi, i'm annie! we live with our 4 children in our small (small small!) home town in Nevada and are making our future on 2 acres and a fixer upper 1935 bungalow. yes, we are trying to renovate with kids. pray for us.

i started this blog back in 2007 when we found ourselves moving away from our friends and family for a few years. back then we only had 2 little children and i knew everything about everything. i ruled the world!

then we doubled our  monkeys and i am slammed by the reality of how little i know on a daily basis. don't get me wrong, i love it, but it is a lot of work! i still try to blog as it's one of my creative outlets as a stay at home mom. i also run a dance studio in our small town now (hence the lack of regular blog posts these days).

i suffered from post part depression with all of my babies and now have chronic depression that i am managing with medication, therapy, and lots of exercise, prayer, sunshine and doing things that bring me joy. despite having to admit i have a "mental illness" and accepting the help that i need, i have learned it is a blessing in many ways. i've spent a lot of time and energy and work on living with depression as a mother and utilizing whatever tools i have to stay, well, pretty cheerful, despite whatever my brains neurons are telling (or not telling me). i enjoy helping other mothers who are experiencing either minor depression, or dealing with mental illness, or even recognizing it to reach out and get, and accept help.  

somethings i've learned since being a mom? be patient, pray a lot, and don't be afraid to talk about what's going on in your head. no matter how scary it may be.

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