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Julie

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Julie Jensen is a mom of five boys and one girl. She is a runner, biker, yoga instructor and socializer. That about sums it up. Believe it or not, she really does enjoy the soccer, cross country, swim team, track, dance classes, basketball, and theater her kids are involved in as long as she has another mom (or dad) to talk to during these events. Julie is starting a new adventure going back to school to get her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Edgewood College. You can follow her on Instagram at @out_numbered_mama6

Unsolicited Advice- A new way to handle it

It began over eighteen years ago a week after my first child was born when I first heard from a perfect stranger, “Put a hat on that baby, he’s going to get cold.” (It was...

Where’s My Diploma?

Over ten years ago my husband began working toward his MBA. While we knew this would be a challenge with three small boys at the time, we also knew with every year he waited it...

A Year of Firsts

Our family welcomed home a five year old boy from China in April. For him (and for us), it has been quite a ride. We are adjusting to the challenges that come with bringing home a child...

My Nights Are No Longer My Own

Not too many years ago my house was filled with tiny humans. Ones that I loved dearly but loved even more when they were sleeping. On many a day during that season of my...

Why I live every day as if it were my last

I have a tattoo on my ankle that I’ve had since I was nineteen. It was one of those impulsive things I did because I was young and stupid. It’s not that I don’t...

It’s Cheaper than a Divorce

For the past eighteen years I have been a stay-at-home mom. As such, I have been in charge of the kids, pets and the house, the doctor appointments and school. Like many stay-at-home moms,...

Kindergarten – Is he ready?

To send him, or to hold him back. That was the big question. Our oldest son’s birthday is in August, very close to the September 1st cut-off for kindergarten. The question was if he was...

My first Ultra – Why I did it despite the chaos that is my...

So I did things a little differently this past Mother’s Day weekend. I participated in my first 50K (31 mile) trail race. I know what you are thinking. Yes, I’m the one who has recently...

Are You Happy?

It only took three days after coming home from China for the question to be raised: “So, are you happy?” I knew what my friend meant. Was I happy to be home? Was I happy to be...

What happens when you adopt a 5 year old from China

So…. I’m back. I took my two teenage sons for a sixteen day trip to China and brought home a new son. It was awesome. But really hard. But also life changing. How do you describe becoming...

We’re on our way!

Well, not today. But VERY SOON! We have our travel approval, paperwork compiled and plane and hotels booked. We're going to China!!! After almost a year of talking about this trip, it is finally here! Our adoption...

Meal Time – Keeping everyone healthy and happy without losing my mind

Meal planning. It is the dreaded job of many a parent. First, plan and shop for your meals, second, make a meal, third listen to and try to ignore the complaints, and fourth lose...