“Mom! Where are we putting all of these pumpkins?!” 🎃🎃🎃. Before anything I was an artist. Since I was a little girl I have seen the world through a beautiful creative lens. I’d dream up creations in my mind and do my best to bring them to life. I’ve painted, created cards, done photography, taught art, the list goes on. There have been moments I’ve felt like I needed to tone down this part of me (others unintentionally making me feel this way) but as I’ve gotten older I’ve stepped more and more confidently into the way that Im wired. I choose the beauty in everything, it’s just how I tick. Even through struggle I searched for beauty and gratitude. There is no shame in that. And so here we go this morning to bring pumpkins and twinkle lights and Boo pillows to life. ❤️👻#laundrypilesbehindme #dreamer
Sisterhood: slumber parties, bedtime stories and late night dance parties. One of the main reasons we looked into getting a new bed for Ainsleigh was because this summer Chris found himself bringing Apple’s mattress in on the floor for those summer sister slumber parties! We wanted a trundle for this space so that Apple could come in and “spend the night” whenever she wanted to! But she still had her own space for the rest of the time 😍🎀. We have LOVED this new bed for her ( them)! and little Adelaide got Ainsleigh’s old bed! Fun all around! I know in my heart these are the memories that are sealing up in their hearts- the sweet sister slumber parties, playtime, dance parties and bedtime stories. Pure sweetness. Bedtime is such a sweet, quiet intentional time with each kiddo and making the scene super calming and dreamy is a huge plus! If you have kiddos with their own rooms but love the occasional sister slumber party- consider a trundle, its been sooooo much fun 🙌🙌🎀🎀! Experiencing sisterhood through them has been one of THE sweetest gifts to my heart!
9 years of loving you. NINE ❤️🎂☀️💫💫💫! She’s adventurous, confident yet tender and soft. She’s kind and never says anything negative about anyone- she’s our SUNSHINE girl and today we celebrate her precious life! This sweet spirit that exudes bravery and LIGHT. We love you baby 🎀❤️💫!!
Let’s have some real talk 😍😍😍. A few comments/ private messages on my post yesterday had me thinking (and thank you for all the love yesterday- yalls thoughts blew me away 🙏🏻😭). A few people mentioned they feel alone scrolling Instagram and I want to shed some light on something. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lets crack it open 💥.... I loveeeee sharing my heart and my life and connecting day after day. That’s truly why I show up here. But also coming here with beautiful content is part of my job. It’s so important to remember that 🙌 If you look at my feed and I show my kiddos room once every few weeks, I’m gonna share the pic where the room has just been cleaned up and pics have been taken for a room tour. It’s a peek. Swipe 👉🏻👉🏻👉🏻Look what a pretty filter can do. Here’s some #realinstagram - Adelaide with her toys and clothes out but probably not the typical way I’m gonna share her room. I love having a blog as a creative outlet and LOVE using the way im wired to hopefully inspire someone but also want to be super real here so that we all know parts of Instagram can feel more like a magazine than sitting down with a friend we connect with. I hope you can pull from all the parts that give you life, the words that make you feel not so alone, the stories that ignite something in you or the project you realize is something that would be fun to take on. But how do we navigate the rest? How do you feel about social media these days?
I am by no means an expert but I have been at motherhood for over ten years and I have an encouragement for you new mamas. It hit me yesterday. Apple was quietly working on her reading and dinner was cooking. I felt like I could breathe. Don’t get me wrong 4 kiddos is full of life and fun and chaos and it’s a ton to juggle at all times BUT there were times I had 3 under 3. Times where I remember the thought of a family dinner was impossible and I can remember looking at Aidens geography with a newborn in my arms and two other little ones thinking, this just really isn’t going to happen. I remember working harder than I ever had in my life chasing a dream and knowing balls were gonna drop. I even changed my phone number at some point because one more person asking me to do something, the thought of mustering up another no was just too much. When Adelaide turned three I realized for the first time a new season starting to peek through. It had been so long with a baby in my arms (which will be in some ways a forever ache) but a new season was emerging. Encouragement mamas, when they say it’s just a season - they are right. The family dinners will come. The sleepless nights restored and one day you will be standing in your kitchen and think, wow this is all really happening now. I have sooo many areas of struggle but motherhood has always been a peaceful sweet spot of safety for me. But even with that, the little things I wanted for our family- it didn’t meant they were lost. It just meant it wasn’t quite the time.
A bunch of kids coming over this weekend = Spooky Snackboard. This took 5 minutes and won alllllllll the points 🙌🎃🎃. Tell me your fav after school snack!!
Wedding Bliss. A boho themed wedding of dreams ✨✨✨, if you could go back in time & have your wedding again.... what would you do different ?!!!!
FAMILY. 👰🏼✨ The most magical weekend with my precious family. Never did I ever dream I’d get to be in a wedding with all 4 of my kiddos in the wedding party and standing beside me. Aiden walking me down the aisle 😭✨. Beyond dreamy and I can’t wait to share more 😍😍😍
I DO have a perfect pic of all three smiling but I somehow love the “in between shot.” Something about the rawness of a moment that just draws me in. Today is my beautiful cousin wedding and these angel loves get to be mini bridesmaids and the cutest little flower girl. 👰🏼👰🏼. Aiden is walking me down the aisle 👉🏻😭😭😭😭as a mini groomsman and I am Matron of Honor. Talk about a lot of sweet special memories, I can’t wait to share. 🙏🏻🙌❤️
For years and years and years I believed so many lies about myself. The whispers that are spoken over us that were never meant to stick, never supposed to be part of our story.... yet. Yet they scream in our ears and it changes the path we go on. It took me over 30 years to unbox pieces of myself. My word for the year this year was Fall , letting things Fall off me and releasing them so they are no longer part of the story. “Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” As the mama of daughters, daily teaching them that they can let their lights shine even when it’s different than the next girls. And you know what I’ve found? I can love bigger and deeper and better and more confidently when I truly love myself and KNOW myself. How no matter similar the gifting, our story matters. When we fill up our own cups, we have more to pour out. Can I get a 🙋🏼♀️🙋🏼♀️- What has your journey to knowing yourself looked like?