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guide to childbirth.

OMG kids, I just finished one of the most FANTASTIC books I’ve ever read – “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.” Bre asked that all who are going to be in the room for baby girl’s arrival (I’m one of the lucky ones) read it and I am so glad that I did! I have literally never felt so empowered as a woman. I had no idea that my body was capable of such amazing and complex processes! Even though I’m not expecting a baby myself and may never have the opportunity to carry a biological child of my own, I feel like I’ve come to know myself better from reading this book. I want to take better care of myself and feel a newfound kinship with every female I come across (I apologize if this sounds crazy, but it’s true!). Seriously you guys, read it. It will expand your horizons and amaze you at how beautiful our bodies (both male and female) really are. We are so blessed.

Next on the docket to read: “Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding.” Bre is almost done with it and says there is so much more information in it besides how to breastfeed (e.g. like how to swaddle, how to take care of and really help a new mom out, nutrition, etc.). She says that it’s just as fantastic as the first. I can’t wait.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Finally, we have a Twinterview!

Happy Tuesday, Friends! I apologize for the lack of posts last week. Things have been CRAZY ’round these parts. We finished staging and listing the condo (before and after pics coming soon) and took a weekend getaway to Deer Valley for our anniversaries (my 7th and Bre’s 2nd). We had a blast, and I’ll do a post on that soon too.

For now, I am SO excited to present you with our second Twinterview here on the blog (you can read about what a “Twinterview” is in this post). Although we haven’t been posting a Twinterview every Friday as we had hoped, we’re glad to have at least one for your reading pleasure. And buckle up, because it’s cute one.

Meet Jenny (and her husband, Jeff).

Jenny is my cousin-in-law (she is married to Steve’s cousin (Jeff)). Jenny is one of the most AMAZING women that I have the privilege of knowing. She’s patient, full of charity, has amazingly beautiful and skinny genes, and is so good at keeping things in perspective.

Now, meet Jenny’s family (including some fabulous extended family members).

See those ADORABLE girls of hers? Notice anything unique? Yep, you guessed it, Jeff and Jenny are lucky enough to have a pair of the cutest, chubbiest, fraternal twin girls. And all of the traits that I mentioned above make Jenny (in my opinion) a PERFECT candidate to be a mother to twins. I can’t get over their strawberry blonde hair and big blue eyes. Every time we go over to visit I can’t help squeezing their little cheeks and squishy arms and legs. They are to die for!

Somehow Jenny was able to take a few minutes to answer a few questions I had about what it’s like to be a mom to twins (which is an amazing task in and of itself, especially considering that fact that she now has a new baby boy to add to her fun and energetic family!). She offers some sound advice and I hope you enjoy hearing her answers as much as I did, so without further ado…

What are your twins’ names? Kinsey and Audrey

What was the birth order?Audrey first, Kinsey second

What is your favorite thing about having twins? Watching them twin talk, look for each other, and sit next to each other on steps.
What is the hardest part about having twins? Finding time to give them both individual attention, finding time to teach them individually, putting them both in their car seats.
How do you help to foster independence with your twins? I try to notice individual talents and point them out, I don’t dress them exactly the same  very often (but love the coordinating outfits), I try to give them each choices with what to wear, eat, etc.
How do you stay “sane” as a mother of twins? I keep a schedule of meals, naps or “quiet time”, and activities. I HAVE to wake up before they do to keep any sanity. We do LOTS of outings (this may sound like it would create insanity, but for me, I can get lonely or depressed staying in a lot, so taking them out is actually easier on me and they love it). I pray and read scriptures each morning and take a shower and plan out my day/week.
What do you do to save money with your twins? Hand-me-downs,, courtesy cones at Arctic Circle, free community activities, walks, parks, play-dates.
What is one piece of advice you would give to other mothers/fathers/parents of twins? The calmer you are the happier they will be. Sometimes that means that they take no bath when they could use one, a messy floor of toys that you close the door on, quitting nursing before your “ideal time”, saying “no” to extended family functions that would require you to kill yourself (and others in your immediate family) to get there and get out again, calling your mom to help clean out your van even though it’s embarrassing, and not worrying what people think of you. Instead, I care about what’s best for my family. I also know that taking care of my relationship with my husband quickly trickles down to them (the kids) and they thrive.
Isn’t she FABULOUS?! I think so. And as if having four children under the age of four isn’t enough, Jenny and her family are moving to Australia for two years! By themselves. She is so brave, and I am going to miss having her and her cute little ones around. Shoot, I guess Steve and I will just have to go visit them while they’re there. The pains I have to bear…
Have a fantastic day!

Prayers for Mother’s Day

I know, that you don’t usually see two posts from us in one day, but I had to tell you about something that you might be able to help out with.

I was at a Scouting meeting last night when I heard the most tragic story – one that will make you cherish your mom and family members a little bit more this Mother’s Day. One of the committee members that I work with told me that her nephew’s wife (Alice Hansen) had just given birth last Wednesday to their third child, only to contract Strep A Toxic Shock shortly thereafter. She fought for her life but was unable to beat it and passed away a week later (Wednesday – just two days ago) leaving her husband with three children, one who is only a week old. He just graduated with his MBA and does not have a job yet and is struggling to face the reality that his wife will not be here physically to help raise their children.


Aren’t they such a beautiful family? I can’t even imagine what he and his children are going through. I grieve with them and at the same time am so thankful for the knowledge that I have that this life is not the end and that Alice will be reunited with her husband and children again someday. If you’d like to learn more about this please click here.

When I heard the story, I wanted to help and stumbled upon this post by Mandi over at Vintage Revivals blog. She linked to this post written by Alice’s sister-in-law where you can donate to help this family.

Whether or not a donation is something you can do right now, please at least remember to include this family in your prayers as they will be grieving the loss of a wife and mother this Mother’s Day. I know that I’ll be squeezing my moms and family members EXTRA tight!

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Aren’t Moms the BEST?!

Top o’ the Tuesday kids! This week is a special week for us here at Twinderful Life (and hopefully for everyone else that lives in the good ol’ U.S. of A.) because it is the week leading up to Mother’s Day. Aren’t Moms the BEST?! We think so and for the rest of the week we will be posting about all things mom.

Today I just wanted to share some quick sentiments about the two moms that I have in my life – my mother and my mother-in-law – the most incredible women I know.

My Mother

My mom is such an incredible woman. She has done/sacrificed SO much in her life for her children. Although I don’t know specifically what they are (because she has never complained), I’m sure that she has put countless hopes and dreams on the back burner to raise us. I am ever in awe at how she found the energy to raise twins as a single parent and work full-time as a registered nurse. Growing up, she knew just what to say when I was feeling sad or scared and she always made me feel like I could do anything I set my mind to. When I was 6 years old she had two very serious back surgeries where she had to endure excruciating pain and regain the ability to walk. She had a stroke when I was 16 years old and still taught me how to drive (a little scary – but this is a story for another time). She has persevered through everything that life has thrown at her. She is beautiful and full of strength. I look up to her more than she knows.

My Mother-in-Law

I am one of those lucky women to have a mother-in-law that I absolutely adore! We are alike in so many ways – so much so that sometimes I wonder if she and my own mother made a pact in Heaven that one would be the mother who raised me and the other would be my “second mom.” I admire her for many of the same traits found in my own mother. She also worked full-time while raising her children. She put her master’s degree on hold when, on the first day of class, she found out that my husband (then 8 years old) had Pediatric Acute Myelocitic Leukemia. They treated it and he was in remission for a year, and then it came back. She faced the possibility of losing her only son and never lost her faith. He went in to remission again and has been cancer free ever since! As if that weren’t enough, a couple of years later she lost her husband in a plane crash and raised her children on her own until adulthood. She has every reason to be angry, depressed, and “done” with life, but instead she has chosen to learn from these experiences and is using them to bless others (we’ll talk more about this in detail in another post). She is one of the most optimistic and loving women that I know – what an example!

So there you have it. The two moms in my life that have blessed me so much – that I feel privileged to belong to. I can only hope to be half the mom to my children that these moms have been to me. I love you Mom and Carrie!

What about you? Who are the special “moms” in your life? What are the attributes that you most revere in these women? We’d love to hear all about it.