Heather has called the Fort Worth area home since 1994, after growing up an Army brat and preacher’s kid. She’s married to her college sweetheart, Chris (Sic ‘Em Bears). Chris and Heather are parents to three – Collin (1999), Cooper (2001), and Caris (2004), and they're officially gaining a daughter, Elizabeth, after Collin's August 2022 wedding. Heather is the co-founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, the Adoptee Collective, which exists to be a healing adoptee community who revolutionize the systems that impact them. In 2017, Heather created a network of college care packing parties, called Box Club. She has also authored and published multiple books, available on Amazon, and she finds joy in using her gifts, time, and energy toward her life goal to finish empty.
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.
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Tarrant County.

What to Remember This Memorial Day

Let’s not repeat the treatment of military personnel from my dad’s generation when soldiers came home but were not regarded as the brave. As we pause to remember all the soldiers who’ve lost their lives in combat, let’s expand our remembrance to all military personnel who’ve fought and lost other battles.
Read 50 lessons learned by age 50

50 Lessons on My 50th Birthday

My 50th birthday is a milestone that comes with reflection, especially after this last year of global pause. My gift to you on this prestigious occasion are these 50 lessons I’ve learned in my 50 years.