Welcoming You To Motherhood: A Love Letter To My Best Friend

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Entering Motherhood For the First Time

It has been 1,450 days since the last… and first time… I was pregnant. The raw emotions that weave their way into this last week of normalcy can be overwhelming, I know. I feel myself messaging you, or calling, more often… checking up on you, I guess. It’s not that I don’t think you can do it… BY GOD, I…

Awkwardly Awaiting My Mom Tribe

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Mom Tribe at its Best!

There I was, standing in the sand, anxiously looking at my feet as I fumbled over the words “ So you want to get together sometime? To hangout?” No, this wasn’t a horrible, reoccurring nightmare about the awkwardness of highschool… though it might as well have been. This was me, a normally confident and outgoing 29 year old woman, trying…

Raising The Brave and Bold

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Shine On Jungle Princess

“Hi, my name is Kennedy.” Blank stare… walks away. “Hi, my name is Kennedy.” Stares right through her… and walks away. A blessing… and a curse… this kid has it. The love, the light, the heart of gold that makes her walk up to child after child and try to make friends. Like her Mama, she can walk into any…

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…

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…

‘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…

It’s My Birthday… Yanno What I Want???

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Well good morning and FELIZ CUMPLEANOS to me.  Special thanks to my parents for making today possible, 28 years and 9 months ago : )  And super big thanks to all of my awesome family and friends… by the time I was sitting down with the first cup of coffee of the day, I was able to read OVER 120 messages,…

6 Life Lessons From Our Dying Dog

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The funny thing about waiting for someone or something to die is it gives you time to start to heal in the process.  Bentley, our dog, now almost 2 months out from a terminal cancer diagnosis, has allowed me to almost heal before the wound really opens.  I can tell by the daily belly rubs that his tumors are getting…