Heather has called the Fort Worth area home since 1995, after growing up as an Army brat and preacher's kid. She's married to her college sweetheart, Chris (Sic' Em Bears!). They're parents to three - Collin (1999), Cooper (2001), and Caris (2004), and they're gaining daughter, Elizabeth, after Collin's August 2022 wedding. Heather is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, The Adoptee Collective, which offers lifetime adoptee support and post adoption resources, as well as pre-adoption education. Heather has authored and published multiple books, finding joy in using her gifts, time, and energy toward her life goal to finish empty.
Staying honest and setting boundaries can help parents when their teenagers start dating.

Parenting High Schoolers Through Dating

We discussed the natural feelings of liking someone, handling this by choosing to sit together at lunch, or being part of group gatherings for birthdays or school events.  
Teach a kid how to lament.

Teaching Our Kids to Lament

Being intentional to guide our children through lamenting is life skill they need. Lest we overcomplicate this, it’s simply being a safe place where they can talk about their sadness, anger, and fears.  
T-shirt quilts are a simple, fun craft.

10 Steps to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

Truth is, the making of my first T-shirt quilt was a love-and-hate endeavor. Now that it’s done, I’ll go out on a limb and call it a hobby.
Disciplining teens can be hard.

Revolutionary Tweak to Disciplining Teens

Nothing like growing independence, adolescent overconfidence, friendship drama, social media battles, and biological changes to throw a curveball to any sense of mastering discipline. 

Living with Depression

I need to quit living for the applause and attention of others. I need to stop feeling so discouraged by the depravity of mankind shown in mean and hateful posts. I need to more fully embrace a life lived quietly and intentionally, as this is where I find more joy.
Pack your family using wise decisions.

Packing Tips for All the Trips

I know there’s no such thing as time off when you vacation with kids. I know that you are so exhausted from all the trip preparation and packing that you need a vacation from your vacation. But I make you these two promises that you can count on.

Why I Chose Public School

From the beginning, our philosophy has been to consider all options every year for each of our three children, according to particular needs at that time. All three have gone through our district’s public school since kindergarten.