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My {Grace Filled} Mess

22 Oct
I wanted to introduce you to one of my favorite blogs today.
My { Grace Filled } Mess is just this consistent place of beauty. While this is out of the norm for this weird funny place you find yourself, it is with great pleasure to give you somewhere real to go. If you have a heart for good writing or questions of any kind about adoption; the process, the stories, and the deep relationships that are created through it, then you’ll want to meet Susan.  
I should tell you that Susan is my friend. We have had coffee over some hard times together and we have giggled over the good times many more. She’s one of those people…
HiNoon Media was also lucky enough to be able to be mentioned in her blog recently with one of our latest video projects. Please read, enjoy, and follow. 

another family reunion

It’s become a tradition now. For the third year I opened my home to my adoptive families. Although most were from the KC metro area, several traveled from out of state. We shared a meal, lots of laughter, and extraordinary stories. But it’s so much more than gathering to eat and catch up. It’s become a family reunion.
My families are all connected through a private Facebook group. Throughout the year and throughout their journey’s they share their stories, encourage each other, and pray specifically for each other. We have an opportunity to hear as a family meets their expectant birth mother for the first time, pray when the unexpected twists and turns come, and celebrate as babies are welcomed into their forever family. Families close by geographically gather for BBQ’s, we watch babies take their first steps and grow up, and advice and encouragement is given on diapers, hair care, and what adoption looks like as their children grow.
What’s become even more of a tradition is how I lose it in my kitchen each year. Fifty plus people all gathered in our small kitchen and living room. As as I welcomed each one into our home, met precious babies I had personally prayed for, and looked at each face before we blessed the meal, tears easily came to my eyes. I knew each family’s story there that day. How they prayed and dreamed and cried and worked toward their adoption. I knew the hours they spent on paperwork. I knew the sacrifices they made in their budget. I knew the story of their birth mothers.
I knew each family in my living room that day represented God’s amazing faithfulness to them as they stood with babies in their arms.
And I lost it. As I was thanking God for the food and the sweet families gathered in our home, I couldn’t get past the lump in my throat.
God does more than create one family through adoption. He creates friendship, an extended family, and a community. And I’m honored to be a small part of it.
Here’s a glimpse into our afternoon, our celebration, and the stories of some of my families. After you watch you’ll know why I was near tears all day…
A special thanks to HiNoon Media for filming our family reunion and capturing these stories. Breanne is a dear friend and a popular mommy vlogger. Subscribe to her channel – you won’t be sorry.


17 Sep

I read an article the other day that employers and future employers are scouring social media, now more than ever, when considering potential candidates. I decided to cut to the chase and do the footwork myself.  I mean, really, how bad could it be?


First stop: GOOGLE

I shoved my name into the search bar and….loading

Google Img Search for Breanne HiNoon for future employer

So there are few red flags. Let’s try to determine what a potential employer might notice, shall we?



Ok, so Google might not be the best place to start. Let’s try somewhere else. I think I’m a smashing success on Pinterest. Let’s check out some of my pins.



Analyzing Pinterst


Potential Employer Checks Social Media


Well, Pinterest wasn’t much better. Maybe my future employer will jump straight to Facebook. Surely that will be better.

Facebook fan page like page


Well this just got very weird. I don’t see alcohol, but I can’t be certain that it wasn’t involved. You can’t get into any trouble on Twitter though. I’m almost certain.

Twitter Work Related


Oh looky there! A work related tweet, right at the top of the page. See Twitter is fine!!!

…Son of a….Ok, that Men’s Humor tweet isn’t going to make me look bad is it?

One more site, before I drop like a hot potato, out of this rat race, people call jobs.

Urban Dictionary "Breanne"


Alright! Score. Not bad at all really.  Let’s look up my full name.

Urban Dictionary Breanne HiNoon


That’s ridiculous. I mean, Urban Dictionary isn’t even really a thing. What happens when the roles are reversed?

Potential Employer Urban Dictionary


I think I have some potential after all. #tellyourfriends




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Here’s What’s Actually Happening: 22 Pictures Where I have Absolutely No Idea What’s Happening

30 May

Here’s What’s Actually Happening

This Tim Williams article is circulating, so I thought I would take the liberty of not leaving you hanging.
22 Pictures Where I have Absolutely No Idea What’s Happening


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #1. A Stephen J Cullen photo shoot


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #2. Biggest blowout of the season: UPS man swerves to miss Jason and Sew as they pose for their Sr. Prom pics


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #3. I see London, I see Frack, I see my Drunk Monkey Buddy’s butt crack. Bleh


#4. Hydrotherapy in the Dead Sea


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #5. Oh Deer, Patty patty wished for sweetheart to pawn over and ended up with a fawn to get sweet on.


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #6. Well someone had too much to drink at the Hobbs Convention.


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #7. I’m not sure that’s the Pinch Shot he was going for.


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #8. Meanwhile at the ATM, Dale said he’d pony up the money and Dale always follows through.


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #9. Updated Shia law being signed into affect as new designer Hijabs are being unveiled


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #10. Chick Magnet


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #11. TRESemme NEW: Now Sulfate Free Hormone Replacement Therapy Shampoo (*may cause side effects)


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #12. Sing a Song of Sixpence, A pocket full of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #13. Teen Mom, Season 6 “Butt we love each other”


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #14. Puss in Shower


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #15. I’m sloth excited for this Symposium on Nothrotheriidae Evolution


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #16. When I grow up I want to be a tree at the Renaissance Festival: Dreams Do Come True


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #17. Founder of’s Christmas Card


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #18. The first Bison Burger


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #19. Scavenger Hunt: #6. Age my Face on a stranger in public while pretending that you’re typing.


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #20. Looks like Yankee Doodle went to Town


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #21. Sean Hannity in line at the ATM


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #22. The Pot at the End of the Rainbow


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The Hidden Dangers of the Leader and Me Program (7 Healthy Habits)??

3 Oct

This isn’t the typical content for my blog or my channel, but eh:

For the first time in a long while, I stood in a room tonight with several hundred other people and felt as though I was the only person in the room not drinking the kool-aid. Hearing my own thoughts run through my head, I understand how they can seem like a stretch of the imagination or even disloyal in some regard. It sounds like something out of a conspiracy theory handbook, but I am somehow moved to pen my thoughts nonetheless.
This year our school district is taking part in the Leader and Me program. It’s based off the book, The 7 Healthy Habits of Happy Kids. It’s mission is to, “develop leaders one student at a time.” It’s cute. They have 7 habits (Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand and Then to be Understood, with seven corresponding tag lines and hand motions, and little animated animals to encourage kids along, using the “the analogy of a mature tree to illustrate applying the habits to one’s life.”
When I went to enroll my kids at school this year, it was the first time I got a sense that something was different. It was subtle, but everywhere I looked, I could see signs of the 7 Healthy Habits. Our PTA hung posters and painted walls. They were visible from the moment you entered the building and on every classroom wall. It was so important in fact, that the first week of school was spent learning the Healthy Habits, the hand motions, the tag lines, and how “through the power of a common language” and understanding our students would discover on their journey, just who they were. What talents and gifts they had, because after all, they each had the leadership potential.
Maybe you can sense my incredulous tone and I will say that on the surface it seemed just fine, but the more I heard and the more I witnessed, the more I have come to question it and after tonight’s symposium, I am puzzled. To have a set of values in and of themselves is great. I have no problem with my children learning leadership, accountability, adaptability, communications, responsibility and so forth, but what has me puzzled is how and why this particular book, this program, and these values are the ones our schools have decided are good? When I began to ask around, not only is this program in my school district, but several surrounding districts in my area and then throughout the country….and now, throughout the world. The video presentation tonight, directly through the Leader and Me program had teachers testifying to the success that they have seen since the implementation of this program. To be fair, I should tell you that according to the website, “The Leader in Me is not an event and it’s not a curriculum, it’s ubiquitous leadership development.”For those of you who don’t have time to google the definition of “ubiquitous” it means: “Being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent:” One teacher in the video expressed great joy, stating, “they [students] are the most impressionable at this age..”
Why am I so bothered by something that seems so harmless? For one thing, while I find the 7 Healthy Habits to be acceptable tools and values, they are not the most important things that I seek for my children, nor would I hope for them to seek for themselves. To find out who they are and what gifts and strengths they have should not be cast to them to “ensure buy-in” by their school district in hopes that they will reach “their maximum potential.” It is not the Habits that we should be concerned about, it’s the implementation and indoctrination telling my kids WHO they are with no regard for what we value and we seek. When you start seeing things like: “Gives everyone a common language that becomes the core of the culture” it makes me, as believer of Jesus, quiver in unbelief. When this “program” comes into our schools, takes a week out of the school year and is instilled in every classroom daily, creates a school environment where silence is the standard for the sake of respecting others, where control is achieved for the sake of compliance and policy, and where chanting tag lines and silent hand motions are looked upon with admiration instead of disdain for the eerily familiar, I think we have pulled the wool over our own eyes.
Is it really our goal to rise up a nation of leaders? Why are we starting this in Elementary schools across the nation and world? Can you imagine this in a high school? Of course not, they aren’t that impressionable. As parents we should be widely concerned about who is impressing what on our children. What would happen if instead of seeking to be leaders of others, we sought to love others. Instead of reaching to achieve, “our maximum potential” we did nothing with our selfish ambition and sought see others as better than ourselves? The words and actions from Leader in Me, look familiar and parallel my core values and faith beliefs, but they are not them. They are just close enough to make me wonder what the agenda is behind this book and program that is rampantly spreading throughout the world. I don’t fault my school or my district even, necessarily. I think the majority of administration, are just like the head nodders that were in my meeting this evening, but I see the potential for this kind of indoctrination to our youth on a mass level to seek a common world view. I see your potential eye rolls and sighs of disgust, but I raise you this final thought: regardless of whether this program has a hidden agenda or if it is the next great achievement for this up and coming generation, I urge you to think about who it is and what you want influencing your children and make sure that what they hear is sound doctrine and not just what someone else wants to put in their ear.

The Globalization of Motherhood

9 Apr

This week marks one year on Youtube. On the afternoon of April 11, 2012, I decided to turn my camera at my face and start a vlog. I had spent a few months watching other mommy vloggers and accidentally stumbled upon a community that I didn’t even know existed.

It’s a culture in the future and a concept that would have been hard to ponder just a decade or so before. We are in the beginning stages of the globalization of motherhood. At no other point in history have we as moms had more resources or support, while at the same time, it can be argued that mothers today have more pressures and expectations than ever before.

When I stumbled upon this “community” as they call themselves, I was drawn in and in awe of the phenomenon I was witness to. Here, mothers from literally all corners of the globe, can enter the living room of another mother, hear her story, her struggles, her joys, and encourage and interact in very real ways. Relationships are built between women who have never met and may never meet, yet the connections are real and the support is sensed.

We had some friends over for dinner this past weekend and the topic came up about our channel.   To explain further the ways in which, the internet, and Youtube in particular have changed the way we interact, I gave them an illustration of what had transpired between another mother and myself. My friend, as I refer to her as, lives in France. She has five children, whose youngest was born shortly after my baby Betsy. She is so full of energy and always cheerful. She too is moving soon, just as we have. In fact, she plans to paint her new entry way the SAME color as we painted our laundry room here in Missouri!

Maybe a taste in paint colors is a minor commonality, but when my laundry room inspires someone a world away, the world gets very small and the relationships we build seem very close. It’s just paint, but it’s also hope. By making the world very small, we are then able realize that the problems in it are also ours and the solutions to it are within reach.

I often hear the fear that technology gets in the way of “real relationships” and that an email or text will somehow end  face to face conversation or the written word. I would rather encourage you to embrace technology and what it’s done for us socially. Today while I was grabbing lunch, a friend from elementary school flagged me down in the parking lot. I had not seen her face to face in 25 years and yet because of Facebook, I actually just talked to her last week and our conversation flowed as if no time had gone by.

If this past year on Youtube has taught me anything, it’s that the world is very small and if I want to tell you about it, I’ll update my blog.

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