"Smiling in the Eye of the Storm" That's what I call this photo. I'd been crying on and off as I talked with my best friend from childhood on the phone for nearly 2 hours. I can still remember the stress slightly lifting and some of the jumbled pieces in my mind falling into place… Continue reading Smiling in the Eye of the Storm
I completely lost it today. In a moment of stressful madness as we were running late, dealing with miscommunication, and some unexpected chaos, I hurried kids out the door. The first kid sprinted out the front screen door and the second trailed close behind, running right into the slamming screen door. Smack! Shock. Cut cheek.… Continue reading Being Real about Insecurities in Motherhood
This post is for anyone just doing their best to survive. Who are keeping a brave, happy face even when times are unexpectedly cry-through-it tough. Especially for the moms, who try so painstakingly hard not to let their kids know how real the struggle is sometimes. These pictures are highlights from my day. They do… Continue reading Art Therapy: Pockets of Peace during the Struggles
"The Lord is my light, then why should I fear?" 🎵🎶 Seriously, though! Why do I fear a lot anyway? Even when I've been blessed with so much? I guess it's because I'm a spiritual being having a mortal experience, so sometimes it's hard to feel like God is close. But He is. All the… Continue reading There is always Light
(Cold but smiling at the start of what I thought was my last appointment.) Today is supposed to be my (for real, again) FINAL doctor’s appointment related to my mastectomy and reconstruction. It’s been 5 weeks since the appointment I THOUGHT was going to be my final one. I think I’m finally starting to be… Continue reading I’m okay and that’s enough.
I had some things happen today that were triggers. They reminded me of some of the biggest burdens of my past. They're wounds that I had felt heal. I thought I had taken care of them. But they were hurting again, because anything that's been healed can be re-injured if we let it. So I… Continue reading Kylo Ren Masks and Other Signs of Life
Tonight, as I was getting the kids to bed 3 HOURS PAST their bedtime, I was feeling kind of burned out. It's been a great holiday visiting with family and now the tiredness for the kids and entitlement after having so many "fun days" is kicking in. As I replaced sheets on a bed that… Continue reading Bedtime Blues with a Happy Refrain
I know for me exercising is the cherry on top that leads to me feeling strong, slim and confident. I like the slight soreness. I feel proud knowing I stretched my body and pushed it a little farther than I would have otherwise. BUT FOR SOME REASON I DON'T MAKE IT A PRIORITY!!!I don't know… Continue reading The Fitness Part of Getting Fit…Mommy Goals!
For all parents, nannies and friends of people with kids (to help you understand the beauty of our madness...) It's seriously like someone's been spying on me the last couple days and wrote me this personalized note of advice. I already know not to buy white furniture, or worry about thread counts, or buy anything… Continue reading 23 Laughs
I was just telling Sam (while pointing to my tummy) "You are why I have this, but YOU are TOTALLY WORTH IT! I cannot imagine life without you" and then I tickled his tummy like he likes to tickle mine. It's true. Before I had my third I was back to the weight I was… Continue reading Worth It: The Reshaping of a Mother’s Body & Her Heart