To My Father, With Love

It’s been three years since my father passed away and there truly isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think of him and miss him. Yesterday, February 5, 2021 marked his third heavenly birthday. I spent most of the day – in between my work – living in my head and conjuring up […]

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SELF-DISCIPLINE ON STEROIDS

Six years ago I had my first child, a sweet baby boy. We planned for him, prayed for him, and were in love with him immediately after he was born. My son was a good baby, a really good baby. I still had difficulty just like anyone else, but for the most part he did […]

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CODE RED

How ironic this picture showed up today on my Facebook memories because yesterday we got a dose of reality. That the innocence my post from five years ago mentions, is something that as parents you come to terms with being lost; the innocence of children to be able to live freely without worry. To embrace […]

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SET INTENTIONS. NOT RESOLUTIONS: MY NO SHOPPING CHALLENGE EXPERIENCE

The title of this piece is printed on one of my favorite Calia by Carrie workout tops that I purchased in December of 2019 as I began to think about how I wanted to approach 2020. Every year I pick a word that defines what it is I am working towards achieving in multiple aspects […]

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A DIFFERENT WAY TO THINK ABOUT WORKING MOTHERHOOD

What if it were completely possible to be a working mom and no longer feel stressed out? What if feeling stressed out was actually a choice, rather than a requirement of working motherhood? When I first asked myself those questions last year, I was not yet ready to believe them. At the time, I had […]

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Intentional Plans. Unpredicted Outcomes

One month from today I will be thirty-nine. It didn’t hit me until this afternoon when I was thinking about this year and how challenging yet how wonderful it has been. I had incredibly high hopes for this year and even penned those hopes in a piece titled, This is…38, where I detailed 38 intentions […]

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Motherhood My Way

When my husband and I announced our pregnancy with Atlas, we received so much love and congratulations. It felt amazing for our tribe to band together in support of Derek and I taking this next step in building our family. It was a dream come true. Alongside those congratulatory remarks came many comments declaring that […]

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The Struggle is Real.

Sometimes being a full-time working Mom sucks.  And sometimes there are great advantages. The balance between spending enough quality time with my kids – and actually being present for them, vs. spending time with them in general, is a constant struggle.  And for working Moms, the struggle is real.  Before I get too in the […]

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Perfection Is The Enemy of Connection – Especially in Motherhood

Pinterest’s algorithm thought I would be interested in creating an accent wall in my soon-to-be-born daughter’s nursery using gold-dot decals. Pinterest was right. (I’m both an aspiring minimalist and a sucker for social-media ads.) My husband, Dan, and I made plans to put the decals on the wall on a Friday night. We dragged our […]

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MOTHERHOOD JOURNEY

My journey to motherhood lacks the tears, perseverance, and honor that comes with a mother who struggles with infertility. I don’t wear those battle scars, but I admire those who do. Because of some things in my history, I thought for sure that would be me. But it wasn’t. I’ve watched family and friends sink […]

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