Being a mom · entertaining the kiddos · Parenting

“Yes” when I can, “No” when it counts.

Three years ago I posted this pic of 2½  year old Charlie Grace on Instagram with the caption: Working on Saying YES to her this summer. Yes to shoes on the wrong feet. Yes to running through a random sprinkler on our walk. Yes to two Hello Kitty bandaids instead of one. #YESwhenIcan #NOwhenItcounts It was… Continue reading “Yes” when I can, “No” when it counts.

Adoption · Being a mom · Fostering · Inspiration · Parenting

For Every Mom

Mamas. I see you. All of you. healthy mamas. sick mamas. single mamas. working mamas. foster mamas. grandma mamas. lonely mamas. birth mamas. teacher mamas. happily-married mamas. teen mamas. heartbroken mamas. brave mamas. aunt mamas. grieving mamas. elderly mamas. hope-to-be mamas. soon-to-be mamas. desperate-to-be mamas. aren't-able-to-hold-their-baby mamas. ashamed mamas. adoptive mamas. extra-needs-kiddo mamas. overwhelmed mamas.… Continue reading For Every Mom

Being a mom · Do It Yourself · everyday life · Holidays · Parenting

Store Bought Valentines & Parents Who Buy Them.

I know Valentine's Day was last week and there's probably Fourth of July decorations already out in the stores. America moves on quickly folks. But I've just gotta get these thoughts out there. If you know me, then you know I love all things crafty. Glitter is my spirit animal and Pinterest is my happy… Continue reading Store Bought Valentines & Parents Who Buy Them.

Being a mom · entertaining the kiddos · everyday life · Parenting

How To Be a Good Parent {one easy step}

I was reminded today of the secret to being a good parent. It's necessary to remind ourselves of this sometimes, lest we become bogged down by all the negative self-talk we indulge in daily. As a parent, we're constantly filtering through all these outside {and often conflicting} opinions about how we parent. What food we need to… Continue reading How To Be a Good Parent {one easy step}

Being a mom · everyday life · Fostering · Parenting

(foster)Mom Fail.

Y'all, I've gotta tell you something. I made a big parenting error last week. If you have a child like my Charlie Grace, I want you to learn from my mistake. I'll preface this experience with a little bit of back-story. Our Charlie Grace is an anxious soul. Maybe she gets it from the 'fretful' genes… Continue reading (foster)Mom Fail.

Being a mom · Charlotte · Parenting

To my daughter.

Child, It's been one of those kinda afternoons. The kind when you seem to cry over everything, while at the same time being angry at everything, and I just don't get  you and I think to myself "Are you hangry? Are you tired? Is this just you and your four-ness and a reaction to your brother's almost… Continue reading To my daughter.

Charlotte · Parenting · Toddler Years

Close to Jesus

Charlie has had a blue vein on the bridge of her nose since birth. Some days it is more prominent than others, and we often get questions or comments about her 'bruise'. It may fade as she gets older, it may not. I rarely notice it anymore, but as she's gotten older she's begun to… Continue reading Close to Jesus