"The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety." Psalm 18:2 I've felt the weight of this verse on my heart lately. Let me tell you-the toddler season is a [...]
Renovations by Storm: Drinks are on Me
During this renovation journey, our patience, our parenting skills and our marriage was tested. It was a never-ending juggling act between Jimmy and me. We were constantly trading and adjusting our roles and responsibilities as husband&wife, mom&dad, shared homeowners, working spouse & stay-at-home mom. But, as is life’s constant reminder, the universe does not operate [...]
Renovations by Storm: The Big Comfy Couch
During this month or two of post-storm waiting, we had been house-hopping every few weeks (with an energetic puppy, two almost six-month-old babies, our pack-n-plays, our boxes of diapers, our baby toys, our children's belongings, my belongings and my husbands belongings) between my mother-in-law's house and my mom's house. Before you question why we wouldn't [...]
Renovations by Storm: The Heart of the Home
The six month journey from storm damages to a completed, large-scale renovation is a long story to tell. I have decided to break it up into parts. Each part of the journey that I share will showcase one of the rooms or one of the spaces that received a renovation. In this blog post, I [...]
The Many Faces of Motherhood
You're scrolling, scrolling, scrolling through your Instagram feed and I know what you see: beautiful photos of beautiful families. They're running through fields of grass, laughing, holding hands. And your eyes search her out: the mother. She's beautiful and etherial. She's probably wearing a flower crown and her long prairie dress is blowing in the [...]
Just a Minute
When the twins were very little- I used to wonder- Will the role of “big brother” be split between them? Or will one take on that title? They both possess qualities of an oldest child, And they take different opportunities to put those into practice. Sometimes they lead and sometimes they follow. Sometimes [...]
In Sickness and In Health
How’s that for a holly-jolly moment?
As is shown on social media, holiday movie favorites, Christmas songs and advertisements everywhere, the Christmas season is supposed to be filled with "children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile." And when we and our children aren't smiling and laughing, there can be some real "mom guilt" there. We can feel like we've somehow failed when every moment isn't merry and bright.
Where is Mommy’s Bellybutton?
If you ask, “John, where is your bellybutton?” he’ll lift his little shirt up and point to his bellybutton. Lately, he’s become interested in finding other people’s bellybuttons. If you’re sitting on the ground, he’ll likely saunter over, lift your shirt, and give your bellybutton a little poke. Aunts, grandparents and friends that have [...]
Buy What Fits and Forget the Rest
Want to know the difference between these two photos? It’s not weight loss. It’s a new perspective. And new jeans. After giving birth, I found myself in this euphoric high of amazement at what my body had done. I would beam when looking at this saggy, sore tummy in the mirror. I was filled with [...]