Last week James and I celebrated our ten-year anniversary! I knew that I wanted to thoughtfully choose the perfect gift for him, and began my search months in advance.
If you have found someone to love and stand beside for a decade, or longer, I am sure you can understand when I say that I was overcome by emotion as we took our three children on a (literal) stroll down memory lane in celebration of our most treasured day. … More Our Ten Year Anniversary: Celebrating Love That Transcends Time with JORD
While this post is sponsored, as always, all opinions are my own. Whenever I tell people that I stay home with my children for the opportunity to homeschool, I typically receive one of a handful of standard responses, but there is one in particular that breaks my heart: “I would love to be able to … More Holiday Shopping Savings with Groupon Goods
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
Most of my twenties were devoted to nurturing others. Thirty months housing new heartbeats and building beautiful life. Fifty months sustaining those precious lives through breastfeeding (and my youngest and I are still going strong!) To say my body has experienced a lot of change would be an understatement. And while motherhood in itself has … More Staying True to My Style: PinkBlush Review
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
Today is July 1st, which means not only are we halfway through 2016 (whaa??), but it also marks the half-birthday for my little corner of the internet. Since my first post on January 1st, in which I boldly declared that I am so much more than just a mom, I have turned here to write … More Lessons Learned In Six Months Of Blogging
I haven’t really known where to go since my last post. The one where I revealed one of my darkest truths. The one where I decided to spill it out like a scattered mess upon the floor, without sweeping it back under a rug; leaving it out for anyone to stumble upon. … More Broken Birds Keep Singing: Parenting & Writing After Grief
I could not pretend that a horrible injustice had not occured; that another woman had not been betrayed by the very judicial system put in place to uphold the law. To hold offenders accountable. To protect victims. Not to revictimize us. … More This Is What Happens To Victims When Rapists Go On Unscathed
They say the days of childhood are fleeting; is the best time of my life fleeting, too? If so, then this moment is just falling through my hands like grains of sand before I can grasp them. If they are all slipping away, what, then, is there to hold on to? … More Happiness: A Guest Post with Only A Season