Because, the truth is, I don’t care if Little L grows up wanting to dig in the dirt while playing with our dinosaur collection. I won’t mind if she wants to wear the frilliest princess dress while reading story books before bedtime. I just want to be sure to instill in her that these things are not mutually exclusive. … More 10 Tips to Raise a Confident Daughter with Princess Awesome
I wasn’t going to share anything here today. Your mind has been made. You have heard what you have wanted to hear. Your vote in this historic election has been cast, (I hope), whether with enthusiasm or dread. And I must believe, though we might strongly disagree, that your heart is in the right place. … More To My Children on November 8th, 2016: I Cast My Vote for You
When Austin Moms Blog teamed up with Britax, I was thrilled to be invited to try the new 2017 Britax B-Ready Stroller, and eager to see firsthand why Britax is so highly regarded by parents. Though I have always heard fabulous things, I hadn’t ever tried their infant and child gear. It didn’t take long … More Ready for Anything with the Britax B-Ready Stroller
I see you, even though you are having a hard time seeing yourself.
You stand before the toothpaste-splattered mirror at the end of the day searching hard for the spirit of the woman who was once housed by this body, only now all you see are the visible signs of exhaustion from the routine. A heart swelling full of love, yet pierced by the fragments of your lingering dreams.
Beneath the dark-circled eyes, the hands wrinkled under the weight of all their giving, the body weary from a life well lived, you wonder, is she there — the girl that I used to be? … More Finding Your Light: An Open Letter to the Mama Lost to Motherhood
All day I had looked right into the signs of my transformation. I had chosen sizes that were actually two sizes too small, an act that solidified in my mind how much heavier I am now. I looked at arms that jiggled and squeezed into things that wouldn’t button. I told myself that when my first baby was four months old, I had looked much better than this. … More Learning To Love My Postpartum Body
All along I felt lost in the wild. Each night I prayed that I would awake and embrace the newness of the day. Yet nothing feels new when you are wandering; it only feels foreign. … More A Mother In A Season Of Wildflowers
I refused the idea that I would let you get caught up and lost somewhere in the agony of the middle. For I am the anchor, how can any tethered to me ever be swept away? … More Lost in the Middle (A letter to my Middle Child)
Today I had an important conversation with my six year old. While brushing his hair, he turned to me and said, “You know, I’m going to make this one of my life goals for this year.” Life goals? We have been talking about goal setting all week! We painted a collage of intentions! Had this … More Living Inspired (and Not Just Exhausted)