The power of a hug

The power of a hug

When it comes to “love languages,” there is no doubt that my top language is words of affirmation. I love encouraging words, and I probably tell my people I love them a million times a day in a million different ways. For a long time, I would have put physical touch at the top of the […]

Why, yes, we DO have our hands full!

Why, yes, my hands ARE full!

Easter this year didn’t go quite as planned. Instead of Easter lunch and an egg hunt with Sean’s mom’s side of the family (something we’ve done every year for the last 9 years), the kids and I headed to church without Sean, grabbed pizza and Starbucks, visited urgent care and then grocery shopped and filled […]

How self-care makes me {and you} a better mom

Why self-care makes me {and you} a better mom

Self-care is something I’ve been blogging about more often in recent months, not because I’ve arrived in this area but because it’s something I’m learning about and experiencing myself. I’ve been writing about self-care to remind readers—and myself—of its importance and the benefits and so on—and yet it’s only been in the last few weeks that I’ve seen […]

On making plans, embracing surprises and having SIX kids

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So…never in a million years did I dream we’d be making this announcement. We felt done (D-O-N-E) after Jackson’s birth, and while I still oohed and ahhed over other people’s newborn babies, I was pretty much okay with no more of my own. However, after some weird symptoms and a late period, I picked up […]