Find Your Tribe + Grasshopper Point

The other day we packed up the car and headed to Sedona, Arizona, for a day trip with our homeschool group. We decided to celebrate NOT Back to School at Grasshopper Point, a shady water hole in the red rocks surrounded by big green trees and a stream. 

When I started this blog, I was a public school teacher. I taught 1st grade and 3rd grade. I LOVED teaching. About 6 years in, I decided to take a leave and stay home with my daughter and pursue some entrepreneurial dreams. When my daughter turned preschool age, I started homeschooling her and started a preschool co-op with other mommy friends. We have some of the best memories from those days. But eventually, all of our sweet friends went off to kindergarten and we needed a new plan. It was important for us to have a community. My daughter is an only child (read more about that here), and she’s extremely social and loves her friends. We tried out lots of different homeschool groups, and although we made lots of new friends, nothing felt like ‘home.’ 

Feeling discouraged and questioning my choice to homeschool, I prayed hard for an answer. Again… it was important for us to have a community… a tribe. And a few days after I broke down crying in prayer, I met my friend Mel. She was a mom of a sweet little girl in the PreK cooking class I was teaching. She mentioned that she had decided to homeschool and wanted to know if I wanted to get together weekly with our kids. Of course I agreed (you can tell a kind soul when you see one, am I right?) and soon thereafter we met a mutual friend of a friend, Nicole, and added to our group.

Now, 5 years later, we are 8 moms strong and 21 kids deep. We are all so alike, yet all so different. And each of our differences adds to our group. We collaborate, plan, laugh, educate, meditate, play, adventure, explore, share, make memories, learn, and love on each other’s kids.

I am so thankful for this tribe. They encourage me and support me. And not only am I am better homeschooler for it, I am a better mom, wife, and friend because of them. And my daughter has built some really awesome friendships and has learned a lot of really awesome things. 

I am so thankful life brought us all together… so we could travel this journey of homeschool and motherhood and celebrate milestones together. Plus, we have A TON of FUN! 

If you’re in Arizona, I highly recommend visiting Sedona. Your kids will LOVE Grasshopper Point. Be sure to bring $8 per car for parking. It’s an easy walk down to the water but there are lots of rocks and boulders so watch your step! Once down at the water, there are lots of places to have picnics, swim, hike, and explore. If you can go during the week, it’s even better because you avoid the crowds. It’s not a pet-friendly trail, so leave your furry friends at home. Be sure to bring sunscreen, towels, water shoes, and lots of H2O. And as always, don’t forget to hike out with your trash. 

Wild and Free with a LOVE for learning. Our party in nature has me pumped for another awesome school year full of new learning experiences and adventures. Luci and I are excited for fourth grade!

Are you a parent of a fourth grader or a fourth grade teacher? If so, you must check out Every Kid in a Park! It’s a program for fourth graders enabling them and encouraging them to visit national parks by making it a free and educational program! We are all signed up and can’t wait to take advantage of it. Let us know if you do too! 

Tips for the Busy Mom

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I don’t know about you, but I’m nearing my busiest time of the year. Getting ready for a move, the husband starting a new job, homeschooling a fourth grader, working from home, upcoming holidays and events approaching, plus tending to my everyday responsibilities can leave me feeling flustered and overwhelmed. I find that if I do a few key things to keep myself organized and healthy, I’m a much happier busy mom. I know I can’t be alone in this, so I thought I’d share some Tips for the Busy Mom.

Use a Day Planner or Calendar

I can’t live without my day planner. No joke. Everything from bills, work due dates, meal plans, appointments, extracurriculars, homeschool objectives, business meetings, vacations, reminders, etc goes into my planner. It holds me accountable and keeps me on track. I set aside time on Sunday evening to plan out the week. And let’s be honest, there’s no way I could remember it all and I don’t pretend to. My planner goes with me everywhere. 

Use a To Do or Check List

Again with accountability and keeping me focused and on task, a To Do List is essential for me. I make my daily To Do List each morning, or sometimes if I am really on top of my game, the night before. And I have to be honest, checking things off my To Do List is one of my favorite things ever. 

Stay Hydrated

From one coffee lover to another, I get you girl. But remember that it’s important to get in lots of H2O throughout your busy day. Not only is water intake healthy for your body, but it will also keep your energy up and help with lethargy. 

Treat Yourself

I love to snack. Almost as much as I love my child. I often snack during the day while I’m working, schooling, or running errands. So finding healthy snacks options is a must for me. One of my favorite go-to snacks is  Sejoyia Coco-Roons from Walmart. These delicious superfood cookies are organic, gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, paleo, and made without refined sugar. Plus they are made with a handful of ingredients that you know, can pronounce and provide nutritional value. I literally have zero guilt snacking on these guys and they are delicious, y’all! With both Brownie and Lemon Pie Coco-Roons, you can’t go wrong. Brownie Coco-Roons are made with the finest raw, organic cocoa and has a delicious deep, rich flavor and Lemon Pie is light and refreshing. I keep them in my purse, at my desk, and they go with us on hikes and trips. 

Are you a snacker like me? Then get your Coco-Roons on, girl, and continue to slay your day.

Take advantage of the $0.75 off ibotta offer when you purchase one Sejoyia Coco-Roons (Brownie and Lemon Pie) at Walmart on the gluten free aisle, while supplies last! Also, get an additional $.50 for redeeming the rebate on 3 different shopping trips! 

There you have it… four Tips for the Busy Mom. I hope they help you!

What gets you through your busy day? What’s your favorite healthy snack you treat yourself to?

DIY Cleansing Facial Pads

Hello Mine for the Making readers! The Oily Bee here to share more healthy, chemical free goodness with y’all this month.

One thing I can’t stand is washing my face right before bed. Can you relate? The entire process makes me not want to do it, because really I just want to get into bed. Plus, the sink gets all messy, my shirt gets soaked, and I don’t like feel like cleaning the sink right before bed! LIGHT BULB! DIY cleansing facial pads! Yes!

I’ve tried to use the store bought cleansing pads, but I haven’t found one I super like. I also don’t feel like using chemicals on my face. NO THANKS!  So I decided to make my own, chemical free cleansing pads! It’s SUPER easy my friends! Lets get started.

You’ll need:
– 4oz glass container (I got mine at Target at the dollar wheel!)
– Small squirt of Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Unscented Castile Soap (you can get at any Sprouts or Whole Foods store and Amazon)
– 1 tsp unscented or (MY FAVORITE) rose Witch Hazel
– 8 drops of Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil  
– 2-3 drops of Young Living Manuka Essential Oil  
– 1/4 cup of distilled water
– 15-20 exfoliating cotton rounds (purchased mine at Target)

Directions:

Mix everything together really well in a glass measuring cup. This makes it easier to pour in your jar after.  Fill your glass jar half way with the cotton rounds and slowly pour half of the mixture on top. Then add the rest of the rounds and continue to pour the rest of the mixture onto them as well. Seal your jar and let it sit for at least one hour before using. You want the mix to really soak into the rounds.

That’s it! Now you can make your own DIY Facial Cleansing Pads in just a few easy steps. No chemicals. No mess. I love the way Frankincense and Manuka work together to make my skin feel clean! And it makes washing your face before bed quick and easy…. perfect for the busy mom!

Until next time friends, stay happy, healthy, and chemical free!

The Oily Bee

Travel: Visiting Tacoma with Kids

Hi y’all! My name is Renae and I’ll be sharing traveling tips with you monthly here at MFTM! This month I am really excited to share tips for visiting Tacoma with kids. 

When Kara asked me if I’d be interested in regularly contributing to her blog I was thrilled. Since you probably don’t know me, I’ll tell you I often call myself an un-domesticated goddess because when you look up “domesticated” in the dictionary those adjectives frighten me! But truth be told, I’m a DIY, decor loving, homemaker and recently a stay at home mom – A title that’s sometimes hard for my independent spirit to own. And the ‘home’ part isn’t completely accurate. These days we’re a bit of a traveling circus. I’m the primary caretaker for our 1 1/2 year old son and I “run our household” whether it’s in an actual home or out of a suitcase. My situation is pretty relatable, I had a job I loved at an acting school where I felt creative, inspired, and independent — and then I got pregnant. I thought I’d be able to bring the baby to work with me and when that didn’t work out as planned along with the reality of an hour commute each way and high cost of childcare, things got challenging. Our situation gets a little more unique… my husband is a nationally touring stand-up comedian. INSERT SHAMELESS PLUG HERE He’s hilariously funny with a Netflix special to prove it.  I’m actually a producer on this special, and I work for my husband too! (yes, it gets tricky, but that’s a whole other thing!) We quickly learned with him working in a different city every week, we wouldn’t have much time as a family and I would have been single parenting a lot of the time without any family near to help. Something had to give. We decided what made the most sense was for me to quit my job and the baby and I would join Steve on tour as much as possible and #ourtravelingcircus was born.

I don’t know about you mammas, but life after baby was a tough adjustment for me. I knew I had a pretty amazing opportunity to travel and spend this time with my baby and it was a blessing that we were able to do it, but I cried when I quit my job. When I was pregnant I felt like my body was taken over by an alien, and after I had him in the midst of all the hormone fluctuations I struggled to get back to being me. Work was the one place I felt like myself. Sure, an exhausted version of me. But it forced me to get dressed and I got to be creative, joke around with my co-workers, and have stimulating conversations that weren’t all about my new baby and being a mom. And when that was gone, I felt really lost.

But the last 20 months out on tour with Steve, we’ve made some pretty special family memories traveling across the country by plane, RV, & car. We took our first road trip when our son was less than 3 weeks old. -Not ideal for breastfeeding, but you manage.

And we’ve been able to catch up with friends up and down California, all over Texas, New York, Florida, Arizona and Vegas. And over time, I’ve been learning to embrace this time in my life even though its not what I imagined I’d be doing. It’s likely this won’t work for our family forever and he’s already growing so quickly so I’m trying to take every opportunity that allows me to better mom.

I’m really enjoying experiencing these cities through a child’s eyes, But Its challenging to carve out time for yourself when your sharing one room and balancing your husbands weird work hours which is not compatible with a baby’s sleep schedule. So when Kara asked me to contribute to the blog, I thought it was a great chance to take a moment for myself and get back to being creative. I figure it can only help me continue to discover who I am post baby. And I’ve got lots to share about the adventures of traveling with a little rugrat!

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When we visit a city and where we stay is often determined by the comedy club. Lucky for me, most comedy clubs are usually located in busy city centers near nice hotels, shopping and restaurants! Tacoma didn’t disappoint.

Travel tip right off the bat here. Tacoma came at the end of a 2 week run for us, so we thought it would be easier not to drag around a car seat. Wrong! Renting one cost us $10 a day. So we ended up paying almost as much for the seat as we did the rental car. If you’ve got a big drawstring bag from your dry cleaner, just toss the seat in it and check it for free with your luggage.

We stayed at Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma which has lots of cool glass art from the Museum of Glass down the street and the hotel restaurant was great too. Downtown Tacoma offers so much to explore within stroller walking distance. There are some hills, so in it’s worth traveling with a stroller that has some storage as opposed to a little umbrella stroller for this trip. Tacoma is beautiful and green and the cherry blossoms were in bloom when we visited. It didn’t rain, so we were able to go out and explore a lot.

If your little one is an early riser there is a Starbucks close by and the University of Washington has a bookstore attached with a quaint little kids area. We hung out there waiting for the museum to open so I could get my coffee fix and Dad could sneak in a little more sleep.

Our traveling circus has frequented several children’s museums and Tacoma has been one of our son’s favorite. It’s not the biggest, but it’s got plenty to keep kids entertained including a water play area and a really cool plane jungle gym structure to climb all over. We found ourselves strolling there one morning and then back again at the end of the day because he loved it so much.

You’ll have to get in the car and drive, but Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium has been one of my favorite places to visit in Tacoma too. It’s one of the prettier zoos I’ve been to with interactive exhibits and a nice big playground. Point Defiance isn’t huge, and a lot of the animals were away sleeping, but we saw peacocks roaming and beautiful lions. I’m a fan of the zoo/aquarium combo. Plenty of grassy spaces too if you wanted to lay out a blanket and pack a lunch.

It’s a beautiful drive over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to Gig Harbor to have a seaside lunch. We spent a relaxing afternoon doing some eating, bird watching and shopping.

And there is still so much more to do in the downtown area! We ran out of time so the Museum of Glass and Tacoma Art Museum are on our list for next time. I loved Tacoma and hope we’re able to go back. It was one of the easier cities to adventure around with a tot and I totally recommend it.

Traveling Take-Aways:

  • Check in your carseat and use a large, drawstring laundry bag.
  • Stroller with storage room.
  • Check out the bookstores, museums, zoos, and parks in the city you’re visiting.

You can follow #ourtravelingcircus on my Instagram! I’ll be back next month with more traveling tips for you!

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Tips for Taking Kids Fishing

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Hi there makers! We had a great Memorial weekend as a family camping and fishing. My husband took my daughter fishing for the first time and she really enjoyed it. The place we camped at in our RV had a great catch and release pond for her to practice. While we were there, we came up with some great tips for taking kids fishing and thought we’d share with all of you!

1. Prepare your kids. Let them know that fishing takes time and patience. These are great lessons to learn as a child… and even as an adult (I speak for myself of course!). 

2. Get a good starter fishing pole (we got ours at Walmart for $8), bait, hooks, and bobbers. 

3. Bring water! You’ll be at the pond, lake, or river for a bit, so be sure to stay hydrated. 

4. Bring your phone or camera so you can take a picture of the fish you catch! You’ll want to remember your kid’s first catch and so will they. 

5. Pack snacks to bring with you, and preferably with protein. Lorissa’s Kitchen is our go-to when we are camping, hiking, road tripping, or standing in our favorite theme parks’ lines.

Because it’s prep-free, it’s so convenient to throw it into a fanny pack, backpack, or tote. Our favorite flavors are Korean Barbecue Beef and Sweet Chili Pork, but all of them are so delicious. Lorissa’s Kitchen is high in protein, low in carbs, low in fat, has no MSG, no preservatives and is gluten free. It’s a great on-the-go snack to have on hand. We buy ours from our local Kroger store in the snack aisle. 

You can save $1.00 off any Lorissa’s Kitchen product (2.25 oz.) with this coupon from June 1st – August 29th, 2017. There will be a one-day in-store sampling event mid-June at Ralph’s, Fred Meyer, and QFC stores on Friday, June 16th – Sunday, June 19th, 2017. 

Check out Lorissa’s Kitchen on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest/YouTube too.  

 

Have you taken your kids fishing? What tips do you have to add to our list and what’s your favorite snack to bring along?

Once Upon a SNAP Conference

Once upon a SNAP Conference, there was a crafty mom who took a break from normal, everyday life and got on a plane to Salt Lake City, Utah, to learn and grow and create and to see some of her dearest friends from across the country. 

This crafty mom loves attending SNAP Conference every year and she swears it just gets better and better.

 

From the brands (I won a Silhouette Cameo!)…

To the awesome sponsor rooms (I met the number one LEGO master builder in the world!)…

To the fantastic classes (I stepped out of my comfort zone and sewed!) and speakers (as always, not a dry eye during Heidi Swapp’s talk)…

And everything in between like cocktail parties, unicorn dance parties, swag, chocolates, Swig drinks and cookies, and fantastic friendships…old and new! And I don’t know if y’all heard but… I have the best roomies ever. Viv and Bev (we missed you Michele!) make the experience even better… and oh the laughs!

After the conference was over, this crafty mom flew back home to Arizona totally rejuvenated to her family and lived happily ever after… until next year’s SNAP Conference! Now it’s time to crush goals!

 To see even more of SNAP Conference and to hear about my full experience, check out my video. 

SNAP Conference is my one guaranteed getaway each year where I can unwind and refresh all while learning and bonding and creating amazing relationships to further grow myself and my blog. Thank you to Tauni for creating a conference specifically for creative minds like me. I’m so grateful for the blogging community and the continued adventure it has me on. 

 

Tips for a Chemical-Free Clean Home

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Hey there Mine for the Making readers! Bernice here from The Oily Bee, and I want to share something pretty awesome with you. I’m all about cleaning out the chemicals in your home. A healthy home=healthy life. So today I’m going to share tips for a chemical-free, clean home.

Do me a HUGE favor. Download this free app. It’s called Think Dirty. Its FREE, and opens up your eyes! Ever wonder what exactly is in the everyday products you use? From shampoo, to dish soap, to your deodorant! Holy smokes, it’s actually kind of, well, really crazy. Even most of your “all natural” products contain high levels of toxins. So what in the world do we do??

It feels like a losing battle sometimes when we have companies feeding us lies in order to sell a product. Well I have some simple solutions! It doesn’t take much to start changing out some of the products you are using in your home I’m going to give you my ultimate favorite product I use in my home, that does not require you to spend an arm and a leg! Are you ready?

My favorite cleaner in the world… Theives cleaner and I get mine from Young Living.   

For years I have been using other cleaning products, and even attempted to use the “natural” labeled cleaners. This is where the app came in handy- Think Dirty rates products from 1-10. 1 being non-toxic, and 10 being toxic. Many of the natural products showed as being 8 or 9, so I decided that I needed to find something out there that would replace my original household cleaner, but also able to clean the germs. Try it out on your cleaners at home!

Thieves cleaner has been in our home for over 2 years now. I use it for ALL of my surfaces. Mopping the floors, cleaning my granite counters, stainless steal appliances, mirrors, and I use it in my bathrooms. #winning! One, safe cleaner for all of that! 

It is a 14.4 fl oz bottle, and one bottle of Thieves cleaner has last me a little over a year. Why and how does it last so long? Well, it’s because it is so concentrated and a little goes a long, LONG way. Now, how do I mix it? It’s super simple. The recommended ratios are also posted on the bottle, but what I do is get a spray bottle, fill it to about 32 oz of distilled water, and then add your capful size of Thieves cleaner! There ya go! Throw out that old cleaner, because this one is about to rock your socks off!!

Some questions you might be asking yourself…is it kid safe? pet safe? safe to use when pregnant? YES to all! I have a pup, I have a 3 year old boy, and I’m pregnant with baby number 2. I’ve never felt so safe and good about using this cleaner around my home.

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It’s the easiest and most effective household cleaner I have ever used. I can clean my home safely and efficiently. Having that control over what you use in your home is a beautiful feeling!

Thank you all for stopping by! I look forward to sharing more healthy living tips with you.

Bernice Parker, The Oily Bee

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Floral Themed Mother’s Day Gifts

It’s a new month, and that means it’s time for a new theme for our Must Have Craft Tips series!
Can you believe it’s April already? This month we’re sharing a little bit of Mother’s Day inspiration and some ideas for spring. I am loving these floral themed Mother’s Day gifts!

 

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Today you’re getting a little bit of both! I’ve rounded up some stunning ideas of floral-themed gifts for mom that she can appreciate all spring long! Florals don’t just have to be in arrangements. They can be on decorative items as well! Hopefully you will love these creative DIY ideas as much as I do!

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Hexagon Wall Florals from Style Me Pretty

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Floral Embroidered Dishtowels from Flax & Twine

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Floral Cross-Stitch Leather Cuff from The Scrap Shoppe

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Chalk Paint Mason Jar Vases from Dainty Dress Diaries

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
DIY Perfume Roll-On from Hotel Wilderness

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Mother’s Day Floral Printable from Holiday Printables

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
DIY Foral Embroidered Shoes from Canary Jane

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Floral Zipper Pouch from Lana Red Studio

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Reusable Grocery Bag from By Dylan M

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Embroidered Baseball Hat from Lindsey Crafter

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Photo Covered Notebooks from Personally Andrea

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Floral Bath Salts from Married to the Earth

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Dried Flower Pendant from Crafty Anne

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
DIY Disco Ball Vase from A Bubbly Life

Give mom something floral-themed for Mother's Day, and she can enjoy it all spring!
Spring Flower Wreath from Little Red Window

 

Aren’t these gorgeous ideas?

 

Must Have Craft Tips & More!
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I Mom So Hard Interview

Hello there mommas and makers! If you’re like me, you spend some of your downtime on social media watching funny videos. Several months ago I stumbled upon two moms who were putting out totally relatable, totally hilarious videos on YouTube and Facebook (my favorite is the one about Spanx!). So immediately I started following along with the imomsohard gals and watching them grow, each video funnier than the next. All stuff us moms deal with on the regular… just made funny! You can imagine my excitement when I heard they would be performing in my hometown, Phoenix, at the same comedy theater my husband and crew performed at the week before! I immediately texted my mom gal pal and told her we had a date to see the imomsohard girls at Stand Up Live… and let me tell you ladies, it was one of the BEST stand up shows I’ve ever seen. Not only was it a sold out crowd of moms, but Kristin and Jen had the whole place rolling in laughter. It was the BEST moms’ night out. And guess what else…. I got to hang out with Kristin and Jen after the show for a little Q&A sesh. I’m pretty sure we are besties now. See for yourself…

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Told ya! Besties for the resties. Check out the interview with the imomsohard gals… I love how real and down to earth they are. 

 

Don’t you just love Kristin and Jen?! They crack me up! And let’s face it… if we don’t laugh at momming, we would be crying into our wine glasses or chocolate bars far too often. And life is much too short to take too seriously. So let’s laugh it up with our other mom friends while watching more imomsohard videos. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Don’t forget to check out their website for tour dates too…. grab your mom friends and have the best night out with imomsohard live on stage!

Embrace Motherhood In This Season

I remember that from a very young age I wanted to be a mother. At 5, I knew I was going to have lots of children and by 8 I knew that I also wanted to adopt. I had a plan, y’all. And it was to be the very best mother I could possibly be. Now as an adult, I have come to find that your life doesn’t always go according to your plan. In fact, most times it doesn’t go at all the way you had planned. And that’s okay.

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Throughout my 8 years of being a mom, I am finally starting to embrace motherhood in this season. I think this means something different for every mother. We are all in different seasons of motherhood, and I am coming to find that they don’t last very long. The seasons of motherhood move rather quickly. Sometimes while we are in the rough, sleepless seasons, we don’t realize how fast they really go until we are looking back on them.

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For a long time, if things didn’t go according to my plan, I would be devastated, annoyed, angry, stressed, worrisome… anything but happy. As a little girl making my lifelong plans, I had no idea that having babies would be such a struggle for me. The thought of infertility didn’t even cross my mind.  So going through multiple miscarriages was a shock. And it certainly wasn’t a part of my plan.

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Over the years, I put a lot of pressure on myself… for multiple things but mostly due to the fact that my womanly parts weren’t working the way I wanted them to. I wanted lots of babies… all close in age. Why couldn’t I have that? Any time I saw pregnancy announcements, I would secretly wish that it were me announcing a new bundle of joy. I’ve cried a lot of tears. I’ve mumbled lots of angry words. I’ve questioned God. I’ve even yelled at Him a few times. “I’m a great mother, God! Why does this keep happening to me?!” And through all of that sadness and anger and confusion, I was missing something super important.

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Gratefulness. I was missing the whole point. Gratefulness that I AM a mother. That I was able to experience pregnancy and child birth and all the firsts. And that I’m not defined by how many earthy babies I have. And I’m not defined by my fertility journey. And I’m not even defined by my broken plans. I am a mother to a beautiful, smart, healthy, passionate, creative, funny, loving little girl. And I need to embrace that… and be grateful.

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I need to embrace that I am her momma. Embrace that she is at such a fun and quirky age. Embrace that I know more now than I did as a new mom. Embrace that we get to share in this journey together. So instead of focusing on how my life isn’t going according to my original plan, this life I have is still so good. This life I have is still so sweet and full of blessings. That needs to be my focus. Because if I am busy being upset about what I don’t have, I will miss out on what I do have. And I have a whole lot, y’all. This sweet girl made me a mother. My heart is so full because of her.

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Embrace the season you are in, mommas. We are so blessed to play this role. Remember that this time we have with our babies is fleeting. Embrace the moments. Be present. Breathe it all in. And be grateful.

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