Rescue the Forgotten

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The Me Generation?

I think any kid in any generation could be the “Me” kid.  But this fast-paced world makes it seem as if it’s really that generation of children we’re seeing raised and raising.

But I disagree.  In any generation the Me kid could be raised.  All it takes is:

1.  Lack of attention

2.  Lack of discipline (no—I’m not speaking of the rod)

3.  Lack of “No”

I will not say Lack of Love—because I don’t necessarily think that’s true…

But if we take the time to teach our children that there is great joy in giving and serving others—-that Generation Me becomes the beautiful Generation We.

We are the world…

We are the children.  

We are the ones to make a brighter day—so let’s start giving!

I sang this as a child—the same age my daughter is today–and I pray that as she goes through each day of her life, she remembers that it truly is all about giving!


Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.   1 Peter 4:10

Is Miscarriage In The 1st Trimester a Big Deal?

It is October 1st—which means that it is, once again, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month.

Five years ago, I suffered my first and only miscarriage.  And, oftentimes, people will ask “When I miscarried?”

When they hear it was in the first trimester, most replies resemble “Oh—1st trimester.  Phew.”

They don’t technically say “Phew,” but you often feel or sense that.

And then you begin to feel bad.

Like—Why am I sad about this loss since it is  just first trimester?

Why do I care so much?

Why do I cry so much?

Why do I feel so shallow?  So empty?  So much death?

I can tell you my answer to my first trimester loss of my baby—and it’s a 3-part answer:

1.  Adelyne—I found out I was pregnant with this beauty that made me a mom at 6 weeks.

sweet adelyne

2.  Maxwell—I found out that I was pregnant with this ultimate troublemaker at about 4-5 weeks.


3.  Josephine—I found out I was pregnant with this little lady the weekend after I ran through fire and climbed 10 foot walls, and jumped and fell into huge mud pits at around 4-5 weeks.


These are my three answers to WHY it is a big, big, big deal when you miscarry…

Even in your first trimester.

dear mason,

i long to see you again. i’m grateful for every sleepless moment i held you…

dear friends…i encourage you to click on the below link.  in the meantime, give up sleep and rest in the love and the embrace of your children!  tightly.



Source: dear mason,

Wow…Two anniversaries in one month celebrated!

Before I knew it—I clicked on this blog today (my blog—this one you are reading) and realized that I started this And 2 Makes Crazy blogging journey basically two years ago this month!  Wee!  What fun.

And it all began with these first two posts and pictures (click on the highlighted for the post):

And My Husband Made Me Cry


My Husband Had a Combover, and I Almost Didn’t Date Him

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So, I decided to see what were the three most viewed photos and posts from the three calendar years of my blogging.

Confusing anyone?! (I started the Blog August 2013…So to date with 3 calendar years:  August 2013, 2014, 2015).

Here you go!  It was a fun stroll down memory lane for me.

Oh—side note—my hubby and I just celebrated (a month early) our 15th anniversary.  YEA FOR US!  If you have followed And 2 Makes Crazy for any period of time, you will know this is a victory.  Because if there is anything that can be said about this blog—it’s that we are honest.  Our marriage from 2012 and after was a real struggle for me.  A lot went into it—and a lot of God’s grace got us through it.

So, happy 15 to us—Brooke and Richard.  I honestly can say that I am SO happy we plowed through the down days and have made it to the other side of our rainbow.  I pray, if you are struggling, that you will keep your head down and your back strong and allow God to pull you through, too!

Anyhow—Before I get to the top 3 photos; blogs read; and clicks outside of And 2 Makes crazy, I want to remind you that you can LIKE And 2 Makes Crazy on Facebook (Yea!) or simply my personal Facebook page and also Follow Me on Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Twitter!  I am not a frequent Tweeter, Pinterest-er, YouTuber, or Instagramer—but I’d love to have you along for the journey anyway!

Also, if you want to walk down memory’s lane for last year’s anniversary surprise my husband had for me, I invite you to read here: Happy Anniversary Hot Stuff

And here:The Takeoff.  Getting out of your comfort zone (and the video to boot!)

Okay—2 years of And 2 Makes Crazy blogging fun!

Most viewed photos for the three Augusts (2013, 14, 15):

1. When we were merely a family of 4

2.  The flying contraption

3.  The nursing momma

 Most read blog posts:

  1. I don’t love Jesus.  Can we still be friends?
  2. How to be a good wife
  3. I broke my bra.  The saga of nursing in America.

Most outside of And 2 Makes Crazy clicks:

  1. Porn is a threat to children (Mail Online)
  2. 7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders (Forbes)
  3. Poland for Kids:  Poznan and Gniezno (Kid World Citizen)

Once again—Happy double anniversary!

One for the blog—that I have immensely enjoyed writing over the last two years (even though the last year was more sporadic).

Two for 15 years of being married to the man that continues to live in my dreams, Richie!

I wish you all a great end-of-August, and always a great abundance of God’s grace and mercy in your lives as well.

xo b

(Here’s a flashback of me and the Mr.  My better half of Crazy)


A funny for everyone married. Okay—mostly wives ;)

So, as I am trying to gather all of the photos I can find from my daughter’s trip to Taiwan, I thought that you may just enjoy a bit of humor that I saw on Facebook the other day!

Well—if you’re a wife, you’ll enjoy it.  If you’re the husband or the mother-in-law, maybe not as much?!  haha!

xo b

PS—All in good fun.  I promise.

so funny you will laugh out loud

When your Littles go to the Big City! #Poznan

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A month ago, my husband and daughter were on a different continent—Asia—more about that later! While they were there, my Littles and I (Max and Jo) visited the BIG CITY — #Poznan.

Needless to say, Rich and I lived in this big city for 9 years—Ada for 5—but Max and Jo never.  And so I cherished every.shot.i.took of my precious Littles as they ran and chased and smiled and played in the beautiful old square (Stary Rynek).

Here are some fun photos.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

prettiest gal in town

Let’s just say—THAT DRESS!  That dress in this square and you have cuteness meets cobblestone and rocks the shot! #myjosephine

i will get you birdie!

Those birds never knew he was coming!  And he loved every bird-chasing moment!  #mymaxwell


Here, Birdie Birdie Birdie!  Come and hop into my hands!  #myjosephine

where'd my max go?

That girl!  Waiting patiently for her favorite person in the world.  Her Max!  Max!  Max!  Where are you?  #myjosephine

the littles love one another

Here I am, My Josephine!  Your Max!  #mymaxwell

the littles blow bubbles

Shall we now play together in harmony?  I say YES!  #mymaxwell #myjosephine

blowing those bubbles!

Bubbles!  What fun!  #myjosephine #mymaxwell #mylittles

stary rynek

The fountain of the Littles recreation!  #mymaxwell #myjosephine #poznan

cutest cafe around town

Shall we now find the perfect cafe for lunch?  #poznan

bridal shoot

Our cafe has a wedding shoot taking place!  #italiancafe #beautifulbride #handsomegroom #poznancafe

watching out the cafe

My precious littlest watched the entire shoot!  #myjosephine

the old market church

Fara Church next to our cafe!  #farachurch #italiancafe #lunchinpoznan

Alas—our day ended and we headed home.

Eventually my Adelyne and my Richard rejoined our side of the world, once again making our family complete!

when you're eldest goes to taiwan

But we’ll share all about Richard’s and Adelyne’s trip to Taiwan another time!  #myadelyne #myrichard

For now, we will wish you a wonderful day and pray God’s protection upon you.

xo from here to there,