Baby, Blog, Spirit fruit

I missed my son’s first steps. It hurts, but I’ll be OK

I missed my son’s first steps. Its the sacrifice of a working mother, providing for your family and fulfilling your personal calling, all while knowing that you might not get to witness every “first” of your baby. And first steps – that’s a big one. At least everyone has been making it feel that way.… Read More I missed my son’s first steps. It hurts, but I’ll be OK

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Wild One: A 1st birthday celebration for our party animal

One. We were warned that it will go fast. No joke. Baby’s don’t keep. But they always stay your babies, no matter how much they eat, or how fast they grow up. What they don’t say… is how stinkin’ fun it will be, that their joy is contagious, and your cheeks will hurt from smiling… Read More Wild One: A 1st birthday celebration for our party animal

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Grocery shopping old-school: Back to the basics for baby

Yesterday I went old-school grocery shopping – AKA, I shopped at the store. Wal-Mart online grocery shopping started just about the same time that I had our little Penguin, and it was a life saver. I no longer had to walk Bryan through the grocery store throughout seven phone calls explaining where everything was and… Read More Grocery shopping old-school: Back to the basics for baby

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A spoon, Sadie Robertson, and spiritual growth

Tonight I realized that my one-year-old has a new trick: eating with a spoon. He’s been practicing this for a while, but tonight I realized just how much he has mastered the act. I loaded up the spoon with yogurt, set it on his high chair tray, and seconds later he had the scoop of… Read More A spoon, Sadie Robertson, and spiritual growth

Baby, Physical fruit, Spirit fruit

Self-care chronicles: Guarding my mat like my baby’s nap

I will do anything to help our little Penguin get his rest. All of our activities and errands get planned around nap time. The bark collars we bought specifically for this purpose go on the dogs, the TV is turned low, the thermostat is set, the camera is on, the sound machine is playing, and… Read More Self-care chronicles: Guarding my mat like my baby’s nap

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Life in the middle – A new definition of achievement

Confession: I am an achievement junkie. What I would like to say is that I am a recovering achievement junkie. I get a high from accomplishing tasks, crossing things off my to-do list, getting all my errands done, and completing projects. A tidied house with an empty sink and all the laundry washed, folded, and… Read More Life in the middle – A new definition of achievement

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Raising resilience: Wishes for baby… and me

Resilience It’s the word I had in mind for our first child throughout my pregnancy, before we knew who the baby was or would become. To me, it is a word that has meaning, strength, and character. We were given a 100 Good Wishes for Baby book for our baby shower, and I immediately found… Read More Raising resilience: Wishes for baby… and me