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An annual letter to my son on his 13th birthday. Happy Birthday, Tanner! Read it on Haus of Layne #BirthdayTraditions #Motherhood #RaisingKids

Dear, Tanner

My dearest, Tanner… This year has been a wild one and I believe that is putting it lightly. Between diving into homeschooling and then making the decision to move, living in your grandmother’s home for four months while we finalized plans and now embarking on a complete life change as we leave Phoenix and find […]

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Dear Owen... an annual birthday letter to my son on his 7th birthday #Birthday #BirthdayTraditions #BirthdayPortrait

Dear Owen

My dearest Owen,  Another year. Watching you today I couldn’t fathom that the past seven years have gone by as fast as they have. It seems like it was just days ago that you came into the world on a quiet Saturday afternoon. I still remember the sun streaming through the hospital window and you […]

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Nov

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A year of goodbyes as our youngest cub turns one. Stories of motherhood and the in-between. #Motherhood #RaisingKids #MotherhoodPortraits #MotherSonPortrait

My Dearest Brooks and Our Year of Goodbyes

My Dearest Brooks, It was 365 days ago that your father and I arrived at the hospital knowing that we would soon be meeting you. The 8 months and 2 weeks prior were more than I ever thought I could survive. It was the longest battle and I spent most of it feeling as if […]

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Oct

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My dearest little ones. A letter to you on another first day of school #Motherhood #RaisingKids #MomBlogger

My Dearest Little Ones

My Dearest Little Ones,  This year I will have four pieces of me walking out and amongst the world, away from me and away from home. And while I would love nothing more than to keep you all under my wings, tucked away safe and sound, I also know how many wonderful experiences you will […]

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Aug

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An annual birthday letter to my son on his 12th birthday #BirthdayTradition #RaisingKids #Parenthood

Dear, Tanner

My dearest Tanner,  Today came and went more quickly than I would have liked. But then again, so have the last twelve years.  It’s kind of a big year, you know? Turning twelve means the start of junior high this next school year. It means your last year before the official teenage stage. And you […]

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May

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Band-Aids and Ice Cream Cones. Tales of motherhood and raising kids from the Haus of Layne blog

Band-Aids and Ice Cream Cones

We are straight shooters in our home. Not in an overly intense or harsh way, but our policy is to be open, honest and we tell it like it is. We don’t read the books and we don’t listen to the latest articles from childhood psychologists, but from the beginning of our parenting journey, Jarett […]

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Feb

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A Father Daughter dance and tales of motherhood #Motherhood #RaisingKids #FathersAndDaughters

A Father Daughter Dance

The past three years she has begged me not to make her go. Because no sporty, laid back tomboy wants to don a dress when it’s not even Sunday to go dance with her father in front of the whole school. Normally, and because she and I are a lot alike, I would totally get […]

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Jan

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Managing kids and smartphones and how we are handling it in our home. I am also sharing the contract we had our kids sign when they received their phones. Everything over on the Haus of Layne blog #Parenting #Kids #KidsAndTechnology

Managing Kids with Smartphones

We never really discussed it, you know? The official age that we felt our kids were ready for the responsibility of a phone. Jarett and I are that tough group of people – I think they call us Xenials now – the group that know life with and without technology. And we struggle with establishing […]

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Dec

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