Marla Hoy

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.

Just Because It’s Different Doesn’t Mean It’s Bad

This summer I had to make the very hard choice to send my kids to school after being homeschooled basically their whole lives. I love homeschooling my kids. It was health issues that caused us...

Life with a Chronic Illness: My Experience with Hemiplegic Migraines

July 5th changed my life. It started out normal enough. My three girls woke up before me and came into my room to lay with me for a while. We played and giggled for about...

Selfishness Leads to Misery

"The more you make this world about you, the more miserable you will be." This is a quote by a well-known pastor named Matt Chandler. I'm not going to get into the spiritual side of...

My Kids are Wild and I’ll Accept Some Blame

Have you ever seen those children who sit with their parents through church or sit through a meeting without moving or making a peep? One day at my office job a family with four children...

I Don’t Care If My Kids Go To College

I will not make my kids go to college. Just that sentence alone looks ridiculous to me. "Make" my kids go to college? They'll be 18 and I will be unable to force them to...

Be Kind, Even When It’s Hard

In a world where you can be anything, be kind. It's on shirts, signs, and in quotes found online. I love the idea, but sometimes I think people seem to think it means something else. Maybe...

Choosing to Challenge the What-Ifs of Chronic Illness

What if I can't take care of my kids? What if I can't do my daily activities? What if this is my life now? I recently found out that I have a rare and serious...

Three Reasons Why I Love Mondays

Mondays are the best. It's hard to tell tone in text, so you might assume I'm being sarcastic. I assure you I am not. Outside of weekends, Mondays are my favorite day of the week. As...

I Don’t Have Time For a Mental Breakdown

Have you ever felt like you were on the verge of a mental breakdown, but you just didn't have the time? Doesn't that just sound like such a mom thing? I recently had this feeling....

Like Father, Like Husband

I have a great husband because I have a great father. It's a phrase I definitely overuse, but that's because it's true. I have always been a daddy's girl. My dad and I both love people...
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