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.

Help! How Do I Homeschool? A Guide for Iowa Parents

As you face hard decisions about your children's schooling, perhaps you're considering homeschooling. Maybe you're excited to jump in. Maybe you have doubts and don't know where to begin. If you're in Iowa, I'm happy...

Reflections on Resolution Renewal Day

I just vacuumed my whole house. Then I mopped. It's the most work I've done in three weeks and I'm pretty overjoyed.  And I did it in time for Resolution Renewal Day. Let me back...

Confession: I Am a “Too Attached” Foster Parent

There was a time when “foster mom” was on a long list of titles that describe me. The other day I went to write a description of myself and realized I could no longer...

Twelve Favorite Family Board Games to Pass the Time

Who loves playing exciting games like Chutes and Ladders and Candyland on repeat? Yeah, me neither! But my family does love games! Here are some of our favorite family board games:  (many have learning components, which...

Learning to Listen to My Littles

My oldest child begins talking the moment she wakes up in the morning and continues until she falls asleep at night. She is extroverted, outgoing, unreserved, loud, and a myriad of other words that might...

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...