Marla Hoy

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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 and spunky daughters (8, 5, 3) who keep them on their toes. Marla is a stay at home mom who spends very little time at home. She loves children and has spent the last 8 years doing in-home daycare and spent 5 years doing foster care. Marla is an adoptive parent, a homeschooling mom, and a very active member of her local church. In whatever free time she can find, Marla enjoys reading a good love story or watching a chick flick.

Learning to Listen to My Littles

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...