Christy Swaringen

Christy Swaringen
Raised in North Carolina, Christy loves sweet tea (think watery syrup), lightning bugs, and fall leaves. After over a decade years in South Texas, she now considers herself “from the Valley,” and can’t seem to get enough of mango raspas, afternoons by the pool and, of course, botanas. Her family has ridden the roller coaster that is foster and adoptive parenting for the last eight years and they are much the better for it. Christy loves doing life with her husband, Caleb, and their four kids.

The Best New Year’s Gift You Can Give Your Kids

I love the freshness of a new calendar and a new year. It's a time to start new routines and tighten up our schedules. It's a time to let go of some things, and...
Adoption Wedding Day

Adoption and Weddings vs. Family and Marriage

It's #NationalAdoptionMonth! Every year in November my heart gets a little happier as my Twitter feed lights up with stories of forever families. I mean, talk about something to be thankful for. Adoption is...
Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Grandma’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Whether the weather outside is warm and balmy or cool and crisp, my Grandma Hardcastle's Pumpkin Bread Recipe is certain to make it feel like fall in the kitchen! You'll already have most of the...
Grandparents 2018

Shout Out to Grandparents!

Whether it is an every week thing, or a twice a year occasion, there is something special about spending time with grandparents. Special and Lasting Memories I grew up with one side of grandparents living eight...

Won’t You Be My Neighbors?

A house right down the street from us just added a "for sale" sign in the yard. It looks like we're in the market for some new neighbors.  These neighbors were — in pretty much...

One Starfish Ministry {Non-Profit Spotlight}

May is National Foster Care Month, and as a blog focused on moms in the Rio Grande Valley, we wanted to highlight a non-profit who's number one goal is to support area foster families....

Child Abuse Prevention: These Things Just Shouldn’t Be True

Child abuse. Wait...what? That topic of conversation didn't come up at your last playdate? Severe neglect. Hmm? You mean when I let my littles watch too many episodes of Paw Patrol so that I can...

Dr. Seuss: Using Rhythm and Rhyme to Make Reading Fun

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! I mean, for reals, where did he come up with this stuff? His characters are crazy and the stories are silly, but I think so much of the appeal of Dr....
MLK Reflection

Dare for Different: A Reflection for MLK Day

Racism. It's an ugly word. It makes me kind of uncomfortable just typing it. So much so that I've procrastinated writing this post too many times. But I know that my own story isn't...
Toddler Days

Take me Back to the Toddler Days

I'm dead serious. Take me back to the toddler days. Not as a mom of toddlers. I want to actually be a toddler again. My oldest is seven and my youngest is almost two with...