Marla Hoy

Marla Hoy
Marla is a lifelong Cedar Rapidian who met her husband, Shawn, at the local Dairy Queen in 2005 and married him in 2009. They have three beautiful daughters (6, 3, 9 months) who seem to take after their dad. Marla is a stay at home mom who spends very little time at home. She loves children and has spent the last five years doing in-home daycare and foster care. Marla is an adoptive parent, a homeschooling mom, and is currently the co-coordinator of a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group at her church here in Cedar Rapids. In whatever free time she can find, Marla enjoys reading a good love story or watching a chick flick.

Choosing To Be Gracious Helps Me See The Best in Others

I tend to have strong opinions. I'm not confrontational, so this doesn't usually lead to conflict, but occasionally it makes me judge harshly. However, having a child who tests all of my parenting methods, and...

Our Journey From Foster Care to Adoption: Part Two

A few months ago, I shared part one of our adoption journey. Our story continues below: I didn't know it at the time, but November 2016 was basically the start of a whole new foster...

Foster Care to Adoption: The Start of Our Journey to Adopt

I believe I was 9 when I knew I wanted to adopt children someday. I've always had a heart for people who are hurting, especially those who can't take care of themselves. When I got married,...

How “Mom’s Night Off” Has Saved My Sanity

Okay, full disclosure. This title is not completely reliable, as there's no way I can be categorized as 100% sane. After all, I have three small children running around screaming most of the day every...

I Will Always Tell My Daughters They Are Beautiful

I always tell my daughters that they are beautiful. Every day. In the last couple of years, I've seen a lot of posts going around, encouraging parents not to tell their girls how beautiful...

Learning How to Ask For and Accept Help

I don't love to ask for or accept help. I don't feel like it's a pride issue; it's not because I can't admit that I need help. Rather, it's because I know that all...

A Life Different Than Planned: Living with Endometriosis and PCOS

Before age 18, I already decided I wanted at least 4 kids, and possibly as many as 9, with a combination of some biological and some adopted. At age 25, after trying to get pregnant...

The Gift of Generational Friendships: Doing Life Together

Today I sat at church with my husband, next to our friends, with the oldest daughter of each couple in the middle. As I was sitting there I had to ponder what a tremendous...

A Friend a Day: Friendship Lessons From My Extrovert Daughters

My two oldest daughters make friends everywhere they go. I'm pretty sure my five year old makes a new best friend every day. She continues to talk about them for months to come, despite...