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When Mommy Still Hasn’t Come Up For Air

***This is a very real and raw glimpse into the mind of someone who has gone through PPD or postpartum anxiety. This post is not encouraging, uplifting or inspiring. I didn't write it for anyone, I wrote it as a way to start to process what I've been through over the last year and get… Continue reading When Mommy Still Hasn’t Come Up For Air

Ultimate TTC & Pregnancy Guide for First-Time Mommas

Hi, friends! I wanted to write a post for those moms who either 1) just found out they're expecting, 2) are in the first trimester but haven't broken the news yet, or 3) are hoping to get pregnant soon. Those first months can be hard, not only because the fatigue and morning sickness are so… Continue reading Ultimate TTC & Pregnancy Guide for First-Time Mommas

The 9 Months After

It’s February. There’s a chill in the air like no other. A kidney stone, a five-day hospital stay, and a traumatic birth bring her into the world two weeks early. I fall back onto the bed, surely dying, but then they hand me a wailing newborn. She’s orange with jaundice - tiny and helpless, screaming.… Continue reading The 9 Months After

My Postpartum Depression Story & Real Hope For New Moms

Every new parent will tell you that the newborn days are a blur, and it's true. You lose track of what day it is, what time it is, and whether it's day or night. You're up around the clock, so your entire rhythm is thrown completely out of whack. You're exhausted, overwhelmed, and all you… Continue reading My Postpartum Depression Story & Real Hope For New Moms

10 Ways I’m Learning to Thrive as a Working Mom (Guest Post)

Hi friends, today I've got another amazing guest post for you! I am so excited about this essay! Mary-Cathryn is a gorgeous and inspiring woman who has always made an impact on me in the way she lives her life and gives her all in everything she does - work, marriage, mothering - she does… Continue reading 10 Ways I’m Learning to Thrive as a Working Mom (Guest Post)

Ailene’s Story of Learning the Art of Self Care (Guest Post)

Today is a very special day, because today my gorgeous friend Ailene is sharing this amazing blog post with all of you! She talks about learning to slow down, listen to your body and emotions, cut out unnecessary things and ultimately how self-care isn't just a millennial term but what God really desires for us.… Continue reading Ailene’s Story of Learning the Art of Self Care (Guest Post)

Don’t Despise These Long Days Full of Small Things

Your bleary eyes blink open as the morning sun beams through the window. You wake up again, ready for another day that feels exactly like the one before it. Your feet hit the hard floor. Your body is weary, and your mind foggy. And your heart....well, honestly it's had better days. Right now, you're exhausted.… Continue reading Don’t Despise These Long Days Full of Small Things

If You Give A Girl A Husband, A Baby, and A Job, She’ll Probably Rock It (Unless She’s Me)

If you think you know how I'm doing, you might be surprised. If you think I'm handling life well, you'd be wrong. The truth is, I lock myself out of the house. I forget my computer. I leave my debit card at the coffee shop I go to for lunch at 3:00 pm - (I… Continue reading If You Give A Girl A Husband, A Baby, and A Job, She’ll Probably Rock It (Unless She’s Me)

Purposeful Parenting: Having a Father’s Heart (Guest Post)

Hi friends. Father's Day is coming up very soon, so I'm honored to share my first guest post with you, written by Chase O'Dell. Chase is a husband, father, preacher, author, and blogger at bridgewayministries.com. In this post, he shares some of his personal journey in being a dad and how having a father's heart… Continue reading Purposeful Parenting: Having a Father’s Heart (Guest Post)

New Mama Care Tips

Here is the list I wish someone had sent me before I had my daughter. Postpartum care for your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. All new mommas and those who are about to be mommas, take note! POSTPARTUM CARE TIPS Physical Lots and lots of witch hazel pads, ice packs, pain medicine, feminine spray… Continue reading New Mama Care Tips

Made To Be Surrounded: On Friendship, Convenience, and Excuses

I used to dream of a house with a wraparound porch, wood floors and old handles on the drawers and doors. It would have a long dining table in a room full of windows, bay windows. It would have lots of natural light. It would have a living room with lots of seating for lots… Continue reading Made To Be Surrounded: On Friendship, Convenience, and Excuses

Still Waiting: When You’re Losing Hope With Every Year

Another year, another reminder that you’re still waiting. Another change of seasons comes and goes. And here you are, feeling defeated, disappointed, heartbroken, again. Every year it gets harder to hope. Because every year, you are hopeful that this time next year will be different. And every year, it never is. When time runs long,… Continue reading Still Waiting: When You’re Losing Hope With Every Year

Faithfulness is the Most Boring, Overlooked, Essential Measure of A Man

Ladies, I want to share with you something that many people never realize. Do you want a solid and steady relationship that will last through all the ups and downs of life, a man who will never leave you, a husband who will never break his commitment with you? Then the number one thing you… Continue reading Faithfulness is the Most Boring, Overlooked, Essential Measure of A Man

Life Hacks for the 20-Something Badass Woman

I’ve come to believe that God doesn’t have a problem cussing at me when necessary. In fact, he once told me the exact perfect word I needed to hear in a moment of complete anxiety and chaos – and it wasn’t a Bible verse. My big-sister friend pulled my chin up, looked directly into my… Continue reading Life Hacks for the 20-Something Badass Woman

Dating, Marriage, and Clenched Fists: When Expectations Become the Enemy

After being married for nearly 2 years now, in retrospect I can see with a much clearer and accurate view what helped and what hindered me in singleness and dating. I've realized that much of my belief and in turn, behavior (most of my behavior was fueled by my heartfelt beliefs) was unhealthy and actually… Continue reading Dating, Marriage, and Clenched Fists: When Expectations Become the Enemy

But Just Wait Until 2017 – Letter to My 22-Year-Old Self

*I hope this post inspires you to remember the history you've built, to recall God's faithfulness in your own life, and to see how far you've come. May this post remind you of your journey, and though it is not the same as mine, may you find inspiration to write your own letter, details of… Continue reading But Just Wait Until 2017 – Letter to My 22-Year-Old Self

To My Sisters Waiting for A Baby, From Your Pregnant Friend

I woke up the Saturday morning before Father's Day, and unwrapped a little purple box. My husband was at work, so it was the perfect time. I had wondered about how amazing it would be if our dream came true just in time to surprise my husband with a "Happy Father's Day!" For several months,… Continue reading To My Sisters Waiting for A Baby, From Your Pregnant Friend