Category Archives: Adopted Joy Blog

A collaborative Heidmann family-blog with posts by both Nettie and Paul.


Happy Father’s Day!

It’s a banner day when I have all my kids under one roof, so today was an epic win in that department. Only problem was, I didn’t realize until I was editing the “official Father’s […]

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What Brave Looks Like

This morning was a hustle and bustle getting six kiddos dressed in their uniforms, backpacks set with snacks and supplies, and out the door for the first day of summer school. Ellie was nervous, excited, […]

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Another Birthday!

Today we are low-key celebrating another awesome year of Alyssa – it’s her actual birthday, but due to work schedules, we will have the party next week. Today, Alyssa is seven years old, and as […]

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Recovering, A New Addition, and Many Portraits

It’s been a busy spring – lots going on, despite my being incapacitated with illness for over 6 months. I finally did discover I was hit with both Valley Fever and Pneumonia, and subsequent medications […]

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Easter 2019

In many ways I feel like I missed the Easter season this year, because I missed the observance of the Paschal Triduum: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Paul was able to take most […]

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Thank you, Lord, for hard days.

Every night (with rare exception) since before we were married, my husband and I have prayed together. It’s a commitment we made early on when we were dating that I believe has contributed profoundly to […]

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After a Spring-break week of mostly-stellar behavior from the kids, who cleaned every day, played outside, barely fought, and got to watch tons of Marvel movies too, I wanted to top it off with some […]

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Looking Ahead

Last week I took mom in for what we both supposed was going to be just your typical yearly eye exam, and turned into a four hour ordeal of tests, exams, consultation with the Ophthalmologist, […]

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