The “more” of a big family

The "more" of a big family

“It gets easier the more kids you have.” I’ve heard this often from moms of big families—and even said it myself a few times—but I’m pretty sure we’re all just fooling ourselves. Or maybe it’s just that I’m at capacity (even as we wait for the arrival of #6!) and feeling it. Either way, while it’s […]

On turning 8 and birthday adventures

An #8th birthday adventure trip to Atlanta

As I type, my mom, {almost} 8-year-old daughter and I are on our way back to North Carolina from Georgia, where we spent the last three days on a birthday adventure. When our oldest was getting ready to turn 8, I knew we wanted to use the opportunity to make a few milestones special—things like […]

A quick update on Jackson…

A quick update...and a toddler fracture

Thank you so much for all of your comments, messages, prayers and well wishes. For those of you who were waiting to see what the doctor said (and don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook), here’s the gist… The doctor did a thorough physical exam and then watched Jack walk for a bit (while holding […]

On ER visits, pediatric orthopedists and blogging breaks

On immobile toddlers, pediatric orthophedists and blogging breaks

It’s been a tough couple of weeks, y’all! I didn’t mean to stop blogging (and I’d actually been feeling pretty excited about blogging again before my unintended break!), but I had some deadlines that—coupled with our personal schedule and other commitments—made blogging feel stressful rather than fulfilling, so I let myself take a week off. And […]

Enjoy today, mama.

“You will never have this day with your child again. Tomorrow they’ll be a little older than they we’re today. This day is a gift. Breathe and notice. Smell and touch them; study their faces and little feet and pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today, mama. It will be over before you know it." ~Jen Hatmaker

“You will never have this day with your child again. Tomorrow they’ll be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Breathe and notice. Smell and touch them; study their faces and little feet and pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today, mama. It will be over before […]