Get Yo’ Craft On: DIY Magnetic Chore Chart!

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“Kennedy, pick up your toys.” “Kennedy, brush your teeth.” “Kennedy, put your dishes in the sink.” Again & again & again… times infinity.  I was SO #OVER IT. Sooooo… to make things seem “fun” and to possibly save my sanity, I decided to make a DIY chore chart for her to visually see what she needs to do… and what…

First Comes Love, Then Comes… Baby?? Our Perfect Backwards Wedding Day

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First comes love, then comes… err baby. Then many, many years of waiting. THEN marriage? Ok, PHEW… there it is. Marriage. Yes, we did… as we always do… things a bit backwards. But you know, as a sit back and think about it, there are some beautiful benefits to getting hitched, after already having a family. From the resolution of…

Ebbing and Flowing Through Life is More Than An Action… It’s A Choice.

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For some my lifestyle and that of my family is, well, unconventional.  To some that is amazing, beautiful, goal worthy and causes minor moments of envy, despite their best intentions.  For others though, it is scattered, unorganized, frantic and lacks any foundation. The truth is, I have been like this my entire life and though at first it was without…

Motherhood: The Moments Always Turn…

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In My Glory As a Mama

About a year ago, some of my friends saw me at one of my lowest mommy moments ever. I mean legit tears, apologizing and probably indiscernible murmurings. I know how I looked: tired, pitiful, and crazed. It was a day after traveling thousands of miles to a friend’s wedding by plane then 4 hours in a car, all of us…

Life Keeps Moving: Trusting My Direction

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Life is one of those things that you really have no control of.  You can make choices once given options, but life unto itself continues moving… with or without you.  Take for instance an athlete who never smokes, drinks occasionally, works out religiously but finds themselves receiving Chemo for a cancer they couldn’t control.  You do (or choose not to…

#Abasi and His Little Lady

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE TAKING PICTURES!  I see them as a peek at fleeting perfection, calm in the storms and our treasure map to remembering who we are/ were.  They serve to remind us of a time that we considered WORTH CAPTURING FOREVER.  No matter how far we go or how many things change, there…

Flashback Friday: My Summer Life is One Big Time Travel…

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They say “the kids always come home.”  They say “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”  I say… “WHERE DID I FIND THIS CRAZY TIME TRAVEL MACHINE?” My life right now feels like I am me… 10 years earlier… but with a kid. And this is no exaggeration.  I am literally doing things I was doing 10…

Wait For Us He Did… To Leave: RIP Bentley, We Love You

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Life is full of decisions.  Easy ones, hard ones, silly- first world ones and some that are gut wrenching and life changing.  I feel like in my life, I have made quite a few.  Never one to sit still, I decided to leave the nest at 17 and move 500 miles away and then again to move to Costa Rica….

‘Merica Part 1: Old Fashioned Fun Smells Like…

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To say that traveling back to the States a week ago has been crazy is an understatement.  It’s more like a… whirlwind.  Old friends, new babies, familiar foods, comfortable old hang outs, a wedding and so much more… it feels like this week has been a month already… yet I still want more time here.  It never feels like enough…

Being Thankful for My Parenting Problems

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This one’s a doozey. No one wants to talk about it, but I feel almost… compelled to write… to release it. I fear writing this will only open fresh wounds for mothers and fathers mourning and healing. I fear I am being selfish by bringing it up, stepping out of line and bragging on my good fortune. You see, in…