Parenting

Penicillin Allergy

Penicillin Allergy

It had been a full holiday season and all of the Christmas gifts had been opened and played with. My sweet 3 year old son had come down with an ear infection and we went to the Pediatrician to get our routine prescription of penicillin. […]

From Maleficent to Big Hero Six: A Memoir

From Maleficent to Big Hero Six: A Memoir

The movie Maleficent was released in May of 2014, but in true Hopkins’ form, we did not go to opening weekend. We waited until August after it had been released to the dollar theater. As we were driving home processing the movie and the story […]

Word of the Year 2015

Word of the Year 2015

Every year, instead of resolutions or goal setting, I focus on finding one word. Just one. A word of the Year. It’s a word that I want to guide me through the year. Something I feel the Holy Spirit speaking directly to me, for me, […]

Killing Head Bugs With Essential Oils

Killing Head Bugs With Essential Oils

You know that dreaded feeling; the moment you realize your child has a head full of bugs. Ahhhh! I secretly wished that we would be able to dodge that bullet as a family, like entirely. I mean, I wash my kids’ hair for goodness sake! […]

Welcome Home, Hopkins Family!

Welcome Home, Hopkins Family!

Three weeks ago, we closed on our very own house! This is the second time we’ve ventured into this process of mortgages and commitment, and even though it’s a huge debt, I have an abundant amount of peace this time around. It feels like a […]

Labor and Delivery [5 min. Friday]

Labor and Delivery [5 min. Friday]

A birth quote for you! When thinking about labor and delivery, think on this… “The family is born in the delivery room.”  -Johnny Lind, M.D. Here I am, days before my daughter was born; days before my family was born. As I look back on my […]

Birth Story {2nd addition}

Birth Story {2nd addition}

Dear Ashden, My sweet baby boy; as we waited in the living room for the line to show on the pregnancy test, it was decided that your Dad and sister would look at the test and deliver the results. I was much too nervous. You […]

Echoing Words

Echoing Words

“Ok”, she said looking very serious. And with one sly smile she takes my thumb in her hand and she says, “Mom, you can look at your thumbs when you miss me tomorrow too.” We had a deal. I had given her a manicure and […]

When Motherhood is a Porch Swing

When Motherhood is a Porch Swing

I have fond memories of my Grandma’s porch swing. The time we spent just gazing into the distance, the mountains and blue skies of Colorado are a memory I will hold dear forever. My Grandma is a strong woman, always up for the remodeling task […]

Dear Ainsley, I will let you down

Dear Ainsley, I will let you down

We had a short visit with Jesse’s Mom this weekend for Easter and it was great. My kids were able to spend time with another generation, always an invaluable activity. I really place importance on joining the generations because there is a richness and a […]