Posts By Beth

BethI've been married to Chris since April of 2004. We have 3 young children and another on the way; Anthony Nathaniel who was born August 2004, Anastasia Fae who was born August 2006, David Cillian who was born July 2008, and Baby Charlie Vincent who is due May 2010. Chris is currently serving the United States Air Force and I'm a stay at home mom. Eventually I plan to go back to school and become an IBCLC. In October 2008 I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder, and have been battling that since. Every day is a struggle but with my family by my side, and my friends to lean on I make it through.

…and then you grow up

I have a very blended family.  My Mom had me and my oldest sister Tanya from her first marriage, the man I have called Dad all my life (but was biologically speaking – not related to me) had two children from his first marriage.  I have always called Georgie and Jenny my brother and sister…
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The life of a military child

I grew up as a military brat.  My dad was in the Air Force, and during Desert Storm he was gone quite a bit.  After that, he frequently TDY’d for long periods of time.  He was in the EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal), you know – the guys who get rid of bombs.  I was used…
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Alan Christopher Mizzell

So much has happened since I last posted. We bought a home! Our moms came out to visit (at the same time, and they finally met for the first time!), and we had our 5th child – Alan Christopher Mizzell. This is his birth story. Alan was supposed to come on February 8th. Even though…
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My Nana’s fudge

Growing up, my Nana used to send us massive care packages full of the most delicious treats – cookies, fudge, candied walnuts. I looked forward to these packages every year, and now as a parent to my own brood, I’ve been wanting more and more to pass on recipes to MY kids. This year has…
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Party Pizza

I’ve made this a few times now. All the kids love it, Chris and I enjoy it, and any meal that isn’t met with even one child complaining is a major win in our house! You can use premade pizza dough if you want, I prefer to make my own. It makes me feel better…
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I haven’t forgotten, just processing

I was asked a few times if I’m disappointed that the baby is a boy. Of course I’m not! I don’t understand going through the excitement of becoming pregnant, maintaining that excitement for nearly 20 weeks, only to become disappointed that the baby has the wrong anatomy between their legs. Yes, we wanted a girl,…
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Broken Glass Jello

I made this a few days ago and it’s been a HUGE hit with the kids. The recipe is super simple, easy to make, cheap, and looks and tastes amazing. Ingredients: 4 boxes of Jello (I used Raspberry, Lime, Orange, and Blue berry) 2 packets of unflavored gelatin (each box has 4 packets, I did…
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Pillow Soft Dinner Rolls/Bread

I’ve made this recipe twice now, once a few weeks ago and again tonight. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite bread recipes. Ingredients: 4.5 teaspoons active dry yeast 2 cups warm milk (I heat this on the stove and warm until it’s hot to the touch, but not uncomfortably hot) 1/2 cup warm…
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Attachment Parenting is not a tool for spoiling!

Earlier this week, I encountered a conversation with some friends of a friend that actually surprised me. I suppose I am so used to be surrounded by people who at least can admit that validity in Attachment style Parenting that I’m not used to people completely dismissing it as a form of spoiling. I love…
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Family

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. –Richard Bach The family you come from isn’t as important as the family you’re going to have. – Ring Lardner Even as a young child, I used to dream of the perfect family –…
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