Category: For Mommas

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A Different Sort of Stretch Mark

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

I put this stinky cream on my belly twice a day while I was pregnant with my son in an attempt to avoid stretch marks. I read that certain foods helped with skin elasticity and that there were vitamins I could take to help my skin heal as well. But if the lotions and the…

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Why I Let Her Dress Like That in Public

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Getting my daughter dressed for school is one of my least favorite parts of my morning routine. Well, that is until today. Today, I decided to do things a little differently. I guess if we want to be technical, I actually made this decision late last night after my four year old had finally fallen…

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To the Momma of the Anxious Child

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Okay, we’ve done this every morning for the last nine weeks. It’s the same classroom, the same teachers, the same kids. We know how the morning will go, and that mommy comes to pick you up after you play outside and you eat your snack. It’s the same every single day. So, today, we’re just…

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An Open Letter to Carrie Underwood (and Every Other Mom) Concerning Mom-Guilt:

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Today, I was scrolling through Facebook while my kids played quietly with toys. For the record, I give my kids 100% of my attention. I do not ignore them, but when they are entertaining themselves, I will take my own mental health break and scroll mindlessly for a few minutes through my newsfeeds. (Also, I’m…

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I Had a Miscarriage

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

It was a simple picture posted to social media. A man sitting behind his wife with his arms wrapped around her… hands gently resting on the sides of her tummy. She wore the world’s brightest smile and a shirt that read, “Momma-To-Be.” It was how they would announce… We are expecting! It had only been…

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To the Momma of the Strong-Willed Child

Monday, September 28th, 2015

I can’t remember where I saw you last. It might have been the grocery store – the place that most mommies dread – but the place you especially dislike visiting. There are too many opportunities for hard there. Hard as in, “No, we can’t have that thing you want today and there isn’t anything I’m…

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For My Daughter and For Yours

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Yesterday, I took a picture with my daughter and posted it to Facebook. In the caption, I wrote: “She thinks you’re beautiful momma. You are just her favorite. They say that the relationship between a girl and her momma changes over time. They warn us that one day our little girls might not be our…

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The Best of Me

Friday, July 24th, 2015

  Well, the day is over. The kids are in bed, and I’m sitting here knowing that tomorrow pretty much looks just like today. Because while the details might be slightly different, the pattern of endless giving and caring and pouring my heart out won’t change. This… is my day. (Maybe you can relate.) Wake…

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“Let Me Hold the Baby” & Other Sexy Things My Husband Says

Monday, July 20th, 2015

He came in from a long day of work and took his boots off by the front door. I was standing in the living room trying to fold the clothes with one arm while holding a baby with the other. Our oldest two had abandoned the Disney Junior show that they were watching, and had…

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To My Husband: Now That You Are Daddy

Friday, June 19th, 2015

  When we were dating, I liked to imagine what you would be like as a daddy someday. You would do something funny, and I would think, “Awww. See. He’s going to be such a fun dad.” Or you would do something purposefully kind, and I would say to myself, “Yes! He’s going to be…

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Why I Let My Son Draw in the Dirt at His T-Ball Game

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

  This is my son. He is five years old. He loves Legos, pretending to be any form of super hero, and whatever “screen time” I will allow him. He sleeps with a special blanket. He would eat his weight in sweets if I were to let him, and he loves Jesus like a friend.…

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The Real Happily Ever After

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Like so much of the rest of the world, I was glued to my TV when Kate married William… I mean when Her Royal Highness Catherine Elizabeth, The Duchess of Cambridge married His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge. It felt like I was watching a real-life fairytale playing out on…

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The Hardest Day of the Year

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Every year, you think it will be easier. You think that the last 365 days have prepared you to face it. You know that it is coming. You see the ads on TV. You see the stores set out their timely displays. And you tell yourself that this year will not be quite as painful.…

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Momma’s First Mother’s Day

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Hey, Momma? There are a few things that I want to tell you. I just don’t have the words… yet. We’re still figuring this out – you and me. The early mornings and the long nights are hard. I know that you’re tired…. ALWAYS tired. Even on the nights when we both get a little…

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#NoMoreMommyBullies

Friday, April 17th, 2015

I tell my children all of the time to, “Play nice.” Do you know why? Do you know why I teach this lesson to my children? Because how we interact with others matters, because compassion is important, and because nobody likes a bully. I get a lot of hate mail. No, really… I get countless…

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